HMAS Harman’s commitment to helping those in need was bolstered in 2014, with a charity golf day included in the base’s annual repertoire of fundraising endeavours.
The day was held in support of Queanbeyan Legacy, Harman’s official charity, and was the culmination of numerous Legacy fundraising activities conducted by the establishment throughout the year.
With a record number of volunteers involved in fundraising activities over the past month, including the Harman Legacy Ball, Legacy Badge Appeal and the golf day, there are high hopes that the figures, once tallied, will result in a record fundraising year for Harman as well.
Legacy’s mission is to provide a compassionate and caring service to more than 115,000 partners and 1,900 children of deceased and incapacitated veterans.
Mr Jack Sealey, Chairman of Queanbeyan Legacy, explained how important events such as Harman’s Legacy Golf Day were to the members of the community that Legacy supports.
“The funds raised at these events go a long way to supporting individuals and families in need. We help provide subsidised accommodation, generally to older widows. We also provide health and social support, as well as continued education and support for children of deceased Australian Defence Force members,” Mr Sealey said.
While the driving force of the Golf Day last Friday was to get a figure as high as possible for Legacy, participants on the putting green of Fairbairn Golf Course were also trying to get as low a score as possible and take out the prize.
With all Australian Defence Force personnel, Defence APS members and invited guests eligible to enter the event, there was a strong and competitive field. Some, however, just came along for a great day out with their shipmates, for a good cause.
Petty Officer David Finney of HMAS Harman, who played for a team known as ‘That Guy’, was one of the latter, helping his team to an overall team score of 3 above par, but thoroughly enjoying the benefits of the activity.
“It was great to interact with my work mates, and the larger Canberra Defence community in a non-work environment. I didn’t do too well on the golf front, but that meant I had more time on the green, or in my case - the rough, getting to know people better or making new acquaintances. The fact that the day was all for a good cause made it all the better,” Petty Officer Finney said.
Team ‘Big Putters’ ended up taking out the event with a 3 under par score and their captain, Able Seaman Chris Farrar, was presented their award at a presentation ceremony and BBQ at the end of the day.
This was the fourth time Harman has hosted a Legacy Golf Day and whether it was a birdie, an eagle or a hole in one, everyone involved had a fantastic day for a great cause.
For more information on Legacy, visit http://www.legacy.com.au.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20142758.