Donations take the cake

Published on LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

Personnel from Navy Strategic Command and the Office of the Chief of Navy participate in a Spring 'Cupcake-off' competition at Russell Offices, Canberra, to raise money for Navy's charity 'Keeping Watch'.  (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)
Personnel from Navy Strategic Command and the Office of the Chief of Navy participate in a Spring 'Cupcake-off' competition at Russell Offices, Canberra, to raise money for Navy's charity 'Keeping Watch'.

The advent of Spring heralded an opportunity for Navy Strategic Command Headquarters personnel to roll up theirs sleeves and bake for a cause.
 
Navy’s Keeping Watch charity was the financial beneficiary, but with over eight dozen cupcakes baked by staff in the Canberra office, there were plenty of satisfied stomachs as well. Able Seaman Imagery Specialist Lee-Anne Mack came up with the concept of the Spring-themed bake-off and organised special guest judges to determine the winner.

The official judges of the 2014 Navy Strategic Command Spring 'Cupcake-off' taste each entry at Russell Offices, Canberra, before deciding on the winning cupcake. The competition was held to raise funds for Navy's charity 'Keeping Watch'. From left to right - Warrant Officer of the Navy Martin Holzberger, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Christopher Johnson and Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen.

The official judges of the 2014 Navy Strategic Command Spring 'Cupcake-off' taste each entry at Russell Offices, Canberra, before deciding on the winning cupcake. The competition was held to raise funds for Navy's charity 'Keeping Watch'. From left to right - Warrant Officer of the Navy Martin Holzberger, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Christopher Johnson and Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen.


Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, reinforced the importance of the work done by Navy’s own charity, in providing assistance to serving members and their families who are suffering hardship.
 
“Assistance can be given often through non-refundable grants to support members of the Navy family in crisis,” he said.
 
“This support includes coverage of essential living expenses and medical treatment, crisis child care costs and contributions to education or retraining for Navy members, as well as scholarships for their dependants.”
 
Deputy Chief of Navy and Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger (Warrant Officer of the Navy) put their tastebuds to the test with specialist judging provided by Chief of Navy’s Chef, Leading Seaman Christopher Johnson.

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, RAN with winner of the 2014 Navy Strategic Command Spring 'Cupcake-off' competition, Lieutenant Sarah West, at Russell Offices. Lieutenant West won the competition with her Cookie Monster cupcakes.

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, RAN with winner of the 2014 Navy Strategic Command Spring 'Cupcake-off' competition, Lieutenant Sarah West, at Russell Offices. Lieutenant West won the competition with her Cookie Monster cupcakes.


Charity was the winner on the day with $232 raised, and Lieutenant Sarah West’s Cookie Monster cupcakes took the honours.
 
For more information about Keeping Watch or to make a donation, please visit http://www.keepingwatch.org.au.