723 Squadron relays for life

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Adam Jameson (author), LEUT Mark Green (photographer)

Location(s): Nowra Showground, NSW

Topic(s): 723 Squadron, Cancer Council

Some of the 723 Squadron team taking a well earned breather. From left to right: Ms Mary Milgate, Corporal Bel Althaus, Lieutenant Nat Davies, Able Seaman Rachael Whitworth, and Able Seaman Josh Deckart. (photo: LEUT Mark Green)
Some of the 723 Squadron team taking a well earned breather. From left to right: Ms Mary Milgate, Corporal Bel Althaus, Lieutenant Nat Davies, Able Seaman Rachael Whitworth, and Able Seaman Josh Deckart.

A marathon effort was made by members of 723 Squadron during their support of the annual Relay for Life, held at Nowra Showground over 24 hours on the weekend of 28-29 March.

Squadron members and their partners joined together for a 22-member team. The event was also supported by other units from HMAS Albatross, including 816 Squadron, 808 Squadron, the new 725 Squadron and Headquarters - Fleet Air Arm.

Of particular note was the dedication shown by Lieutenant Andrew Dowsey, who managed a full 24 hours on the track with only minor breaks, totalling approximately 110 kilometres for the 723 Squadron team.

“I dedicate my efforts in the relay to my mother, whom I lost to cancer. 

"My heart goes out to those who have been touched by this disease and I commend everybody who made an effort to support the Relay for Life this year and in the years to come,” he said.

723 Squadron has managed to raise over $5000 so far this year, with further fundraising events taking place in the coming weeks. 

The squadron has been supporting the Relay for Life since 2010 and has raised over $34,000 for the organisation since their involvement began.

Relay for Life continues to provide the Cancer Council with much needed funds to improve cancer treatment, detection and prevention through the good will of thousands of donors, fundraisers and volunteers.