More than 200 people took advantage of the rare opportunity to tread the tarmac when the T-shaped HMAS Albatross airfield was closed for the fifth annual ‘Tour the T’ charity fun run in early December.
‘Tour the T’ participants could sign up for a 4km stroll or a more exacting 8km run with fancy dress another popular option.
Albatross Executive Officer, Commander Gary Holgate decided the 8k run would be more of a challenge in a Batman suit, while Ship’s Warrant Officer Sharon Campbell transformed into Snow White and the Personnel Office team masqueraded as minions.
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Renee Kennedy said the event was a great opportunity to combine fun with fundraising.
“The runway is a big part of our everyday landscape, so our section jumped at the chance to get dressed up and get out on it,” she said.
The event raised over $3000 and the proceeds will go to two charities, Keeping Watch and Slice of Life Australia (SOLA). Keeping Watch is Navy’s own charity, while SOLA is a Shoalhaven-based organisation which provides meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Founder of SOLA, Ms Karen Anstiss, said the support from Navy meant a lot.
“It’s great to see everyone here today, being involved in so many ways. It’s obvious that the Navy personnel are dedicated, not only to their job but to their community,” she said.
Navy Community Engagement coordinator Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington said she was overwhelmed by the level of support.
“It was just a fantastic response from everyone involved. There are so many levels of planning for an event like this and everyone was onboard right from the start. I think that’s due in part to the fun factor, but also because the two charities we chose this year do such fantastic work,” she said.
“There were some serious runners out there which was great to see but the theme we chose this year was ‘Compete to Complete’ which encouraged participants to just give it a go,” Chief Petty Officer Eddington said.
Leading Seaman Alex Minney, a physical trainer at HMAS Creswell was the first male runner across the line, while Ms Rosie-May Davidson, a student from Nowra Anglican College, and Youth Olympian, was fastest female.
Imagery is available at: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143779.