Kuttabul's community focus extends inland

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Location(s): Castle Hill, New South Wales

Topic(s): HMAS Kuttabul, Charities, Fundraising & Community

Petty Officer David Henderson invites a child to try the lucky dip at the Navy Community Engagement marquee during the ‘Great Fete’, Castle Hill. (photo: Unknown)
Petty Officer David Henderson invites a child to try the lucky dip at the Navy Community Engagement marquee during the ‘Great Fete’, Castle Hill.

Kids from north-west Sydney were able to get a taste of Navy life recently as HMAS Kuttabul’s Navy Community Engagement Team attended the ‘Great Fete’ at Castle Hill.
 
The event held at Samuel Gilbert Public School, approximately 30 km inland from the Navy base on Sydney's Harbour attracted more than 6,000 people to enjoy rides, face-painting, community stalls, pony rides, an international food court and prizes.
 
As part of their stand at the event which raised awareness of Navy's presence in the Sydney region, the Kuttabul team set up a lucky dip with ship models floating in water, which Petty Officer Marine Technician David Henderson said was a hit.
 
“Kids had to choose from frigates, submarines or Canberra class ships which were floating in a bucket of water,” Petty Officer Henderson said.  
 
"Each ship corresponded with a prize and it's popularity gave the kids a chance to approach and meet Navy personnel."
Prizes included Navy branded sunglasses, stress toys, build your own model ships and UV wrist bands.
 
During the day, the Navy representatives also raised money for a sick child in need of medical treatment.
 
“Jimmy Jurd is a two year old boy who has been diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumour for which he is currently undergoing six weeks of intensive chemotherapy. 
 
“The Jurd family are raising funds in order to get Jimmy further treatment in the United States, as the treatment is currently not available in Australia; this comes at a cost that is in excess of $350,000,” Petty Officer Henderson said.
 
“We raised over $250 for Jimmy at the Great Fete and will be doing more fundraising at a future event.”
 
Navy Community Engagement Teams are based around the country and often attend community events to allow members of the public a better insight into the military activities that happen on their doorstep.