Adelaide says no to violence against women

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Louisa Stodulka (author), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, Tasmania

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), White Ribbon, White Ribbon Day

Members of HMAS Adelaide's Ships Company who assisted with the organising and baking of delicious treats, to raise money and awareness for White Ribbon day.  (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)
Members of HMAS Adelaide's Ships Company who assisted with the organising and baking of delicious treats, to raise money and awareness for White Ribbon day.

HMAS Adelaide's ship's company proved you can have your cake and eat it too during a bake off last month, raising money and awareness for White Ribbon - the campaign to stop men's violence against women.

Twenty-five amateur cooks from Australia's newest warship competed while the remainder of the crew volunteered as judges.

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Alex Poultney's cupcakes impressed, but it was Seaman Electronic Technician Adam Travers who won over the judges' tastebuds with his skilfully assembled layer cake.

Seaman Travers' entry had maximum visual impact and spoke to the message of the day, according to event organiser Petty Officer Boatswains Mate Rebecca Fealy.

She said ship's company raised more than $550 on the day and raised awareness of an important social issue.

"Something about the chocolaty goodness and the worthwhile cause spurred people into supporting the event. With such generosity and overwhelming participation levels, people were willing to bake and eat for a good cause," Petty Officer Fealy said.

"Defence is an excellent example of how we can stand united for a common cause. Understanding and respect, regardless of gender or position, are core components of our job."

Able Seaman Marine Technician Raye Jay and Lieutenant Emily Hull were runners up with their pavlova, and fig and pistachio balls covered in white chocolate, respectively.

HMAS Adelaide left Fleet Base East, her home port in Sydney, for Hobart, Tasmania, recently to conduct first of class flight trials with the Army's Chinook CH-47 helicopters.

She will sail to Darwin, Northern Territory, later in the month to complete the trials, which test the operating limits of the Chinooks aboard Adelaide in hot and cold weather.