Navy walkers support community

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Dave Dawes (author and photographer)

Location(s): Adelaide

Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band, Navy Headquarters South Australia, Charities, Fundraising & Community

Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia Leading the Walk a Mile In My Boots 2017 (photo: Unknown)
Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia Leading the Walk a Mile In My Boots 2017

Adelaide-based Royal Australian Navy personnel were out in force on a cold winter’s morning in support of the Hutt Street Centre’s ‘Walk a Mile in My Boots’ campaign.
In South Australia, almost 6,000 people experience homelessness each year and the annual event coincided with Homelessness Prevention Week.
Commander Andrew Burnett, Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia, was at the front of the walkers, reaffirming Navy’s ongoing commitment to supporting the Adelaide community, including those doing it tough on the streets.
More than 3,000 people took part which was led by the Royal Australian Navy Band.
The event aims to highlight the daily challenges facing those on the street because no person who is homeless should feel like they walk alone.
Acting Band Master, Petty Officer Musician Tom Bastians said the band performed for diverse audiences across the country but the music was a great leveller.

“The clients of the Hutt Street Centre don’t have the luxury of being able to attend musical performances so it is a great honour to be able to engage and perform for them and the Centre’s supporters,” he said.
“We also enjoy taking in the Centre’s own band, ‘The Outsiders’, at the end of the walk.”
This is the third year the Royal Australian Navy has championed this event.