Top End officers have a Ball for charity

Published on LEUT Bradley Stout (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Location(s): Larrakeyah Barracks, NT

Topic(s): HMAS Coonawarra, Legacy

Lieutenant Bradley Stout, RAN, and Commander Mark Fullick, RAN, of the 2018 Northern Territory Officers' Ball organisation committee, present President of Legacy Northern Territory, Jack Hamilton, OAM, with a cheque for $3000 at the Larrakeyah Officers' Mess. (photo: POIS James Whittle)
Lieutenant Bradley Stout, RAN, and Commander Mark Fullick, RAN, of the 2018 Northern Territory Officers' Ball organisation committee, present President of Legacy Northern Territory, Jack Hamilton, OAM, with a cheque for $3000 at the Larrakeyah Officers' Mess.

An evening of fun at Top End ADF establishment Larrakeyah Defence Precinct has proved to be a winner for more than just the guests.

The Northern Territory Officers’ Ball celebrated its 20th annual event this year, providing an opportunity for officers from across the three services to interact in a social setting as well as resulting in a substantial donation to Legacy. The organising committee donated $3000 to the charity, which was raised on the night with assistance from major event sponsors.

Legacy is a charity that provides services to Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after service in the ADF. 

A total of 442 guests attended, including local government representatives, senior military officers of the region, officers and their partners, guests and event sponsors. 

‘Officer Conducting the Activity’, Commander Mark Fullick, said it was an excellent event and a great opportunity to donate to a worthy cause. 

“The atmosphere, catering and attendance were great and surpassed the expectations of the committee,” he said.

“With help from the event sponsors we were also able to provide a $3000 donation to Legacy.

“Providing an opportunity for officers and guests to mix in a social setting, as well as donating to charity was a win-win.”

Commander Fullick and Lieutenant Bradley Stout of the NT Officers’ Ball organisation committee presented President of Legacy Northern Territory, Mr Jack Hamilton, OAM with a cheque for $3000 at the Larrakeyah Officers Mess on behalf of the Northern Territory’s ADF officers. 

Major sponsors of the event included Coach Charters Australia, Defence Bank, Navy Canteens, Sitzler, Pattemore Constructions, Elbit Systems and Virgin Australia.