Penguin enthusiasm not weighted down by hawser

This article has photo gallery Published on WO John O’Brien (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Manly, NSW

(From left) Lieutenants David Hastie, Matthew Walker, Jason Battley and Sam Mairs of HMAS Penguin commence the 3rd annual 'Relay For Life' charity event at Keirle Park, Manly. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
(From left) Lieutenants David Hastie, Matthew Walker, Jason Battley and Sam Mairs of HMAS Penguin commence the 3rd annual 'Relay For Life' charity event at Keirle Park, Manly.

The Manly Relay for Life was a rewarding experience for participants from HMAS Penguin, providing them with an opportunity to support a very important community event for a great cause.
 
Six members from Penguin attended the relay, including the Commanding Officer, Commander Paul Gall, and the Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Wendy Duffy.
 
Commander Gall said it was terrific that the Penguin team featured members of the Royal Australian Navy Dive School carrying a hawser for a good few hours, and that it included two of Petty Officer Pennie Douglas’s children, which made it a real family affair.
 
Leading Seaman Paul Lynch said it was his second Relay for Life experience, the first being with the HMAS Penguin team two years ago. He said the event was a very personal one for him, as his wife is a cancer survivor who has overcome two forms of cancer over 15 years.
 
“Sharing an event like Relay for Life with others, some with their own exposure to cancer, as carers or survivors, was a moving experience for me,” he said.  
 
“Being part of a team added to the event, and served as an example of how Navy can care for its members and provide opportunities for participation in community events that can benefit both the service and member alike.”
 
Again the 'wooden Penguin mascot' was carried by a team member for the entire event - for 18 hours worth of laps around Keirle Park. Luckily the weather held and the occasional change in direction provided a break in perspective.  
 
Penguin’s team raised nearly $2,000 this year. It was the third year has fielded a team in the Manly Relay. All monies raised during the fundraiser will go to the Cancer Council of NSW.