Canberra Navy base HMAS Harman is short on ships but big on generosity. This year the small team has chosen to volunteer their time and fundraising skills again for ship’s charity, Queanbeyan Legacy.
From events throughout 2015 including, a ship's ball and silent auction, raffles, donations and a Legacy Golf Day, the ship’s company raised $15,775 for the charity.
Harman also supported Legacy by selling merchandise during the Legacy badge week in September.
Members of the Command team attended the annual Queanbeyan Legacy Ladies’ Christmas Luncheon on 5 December at the Queanbeyan Kangaroos Rugby League Club to present a cheque to the President of Queanbeyan Legacy, Mr Jack Sealey.
Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Kristen Watts, and Assistant Personnel Officer Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Elizabeth Miller were given the honour of selecting the best dressed in the ‘Country and Western’.
“We enjoyed Christmas lunch with all Legatees and other supporters of Queanbeyan Legacy, including the Mayor of Queanbeyan, Mr Tim Overall and the Major of Palerang, Mr Pete Harrison,” Lieutenent Commander Watts said.
“We all joined in with the Christmas carols!”
Mrs Suzanne McInnes, the Secretary of Queanbeyan Legacy said that the base and City of Queanbeyan maintained a strong relationship.
“The money donated by HMAS Harman will be used to upgrade the final bathroom in the Legacy Village Queanbeyan which is in need of repairs,” she said.
Mr Jack Sealey presented a shield which recognised a previous donation of $10,389 in 2014 and which will be inscribed with this year’s total.
“There are another 10 blank places on the shield which I hope will be filled!” he said.
Outgoing Commanding Officer, Commander Jayne Craig responded on behalf of her team.
“The shield will be given pride of place at Harman, as proud supporters of Queanbeyan Legacy and the great work that they do, the Royal Australian Navy and will happily continue this association into the future.”
Commander Craig handed the weight to Commander Alison Westwood on 11 December.