Stirling rides for Ocsober support

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Ocsober

Able Seaman Dental Assistant Charni Atkins on the bike representing the Health Centre at the HMAS Stirling 24 Spinathon for Ocsober 2015.  (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)
Able Seaman Dental Assistant Charni Atkins on the bike representing the Health Centre at the HMAS Stirling 24 Spinathon for Ocsober 2015.

It was all aboard the stationary bikes recently as personnel from HMAS Stirling took part in the annual 24-hour Spinathon to raise awareness for the upcoming Ocsober.

Ocsober involves volunteers pledging not to drink alcohol during October in an attempt to live a healthier life while raising money for Life Education.

The money is then used by the organisation to teach Australian children how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle by not participating in alcohol or drugs.

Chief of Navy is leading the charge as an Ocsober Ambassador this year and is encouraging people across the country to 'lose the booze for Aussie kids'.

Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Angela Bond, said Navy’s Australia-wide participation in Ocsober encouraged the workforce to consider a change to a healthier lifestyle.

“Many of our personnel are getting involved, firstly to raise awareness with regard to alcohol consumption, and secondly to raise funds for a cause which will educate the next generation to make the right decisions when it comes to drugs and alcohol,” she said.

The HMAS Stirling Gymnasium gym floor is transformed, with the support of Australian Defence Credit Union, for a 24 hour Spinathon as part of Navy's support to Life Education's Ocsober campaign.

The HMAS Stirling Gymnasium gym floor is transformed, with the support of Australian Defence Credit Union, for a 24 hour Spinathon as part of Navy's support to Life Education's Ocsober campaign.

This year Ocsober aims to raise $700,000 to empower 700,000 Aussie kids and teach them how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle by resisting participation in drug and alcohol abuse.

About 100 Stirling personnel took part in the Spinathon which wrapped up on 25 September.

To join a Navy team and embark on a healthier lifestyle visit http://ocsober.com.au.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20152705.