Topic: Charities, Fundraising & Community

Threads of thanks for leading quilter

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LEUT Elizabeth Fluck (photographer), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer), LSIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, presents Mrs Jan-Maree Ball with with a special quilt, made in secret by her fellow volunteer quilters. (photo: LEUT Elizabeth Fluck)

Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, presents Mrs Jan-Maree Ball with with a special quilt, made in secret by her fellow volunteer quilters.

Hundreds of Navy people can attest to the gratitude they felt to be sent a handcrafted, volunteer-made quilt while deployed on operations. Now after eight years supporting Navy people, Mrs Jan-Maree Ball, leader of Aussie Hero Quilts, has been presented with a quilt of her own.

Albatross delivers breakfast club and pizza party to homeless hub

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Midshipman Carina Forsyth of HMAS Albatross prepares breakfast supplies for delivery to the local Homeless Hub. (photo: )

Midshipman Carina Forsyth of HMAS Albatross prepares breakfast supplies for delivery to the local Homeless Hub.

Winter is an especially busy time for many Shoalhaven support services, which means the HMAS Albatross Community Engagement Team has also been busy providing assistance however and whenever they can.

Band performance inspires generous donation to Keeping Watch

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Naomi Deignan (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy Band’s Melbourne Jazz Group performs at the Cumberland View Retirement Village in Victoria. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). (photo: )

The Royal Australian Navy Band’s Melbourne Jazz Group performs at the Cumberland View Retirement Village in Victoria. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place).

Following the experience of a lively monthly ‘Soundwaves’ concert at HMAS Cerberus last year, Mr Patrick Morel was most impressed, and soon after requested a concert at the Cumberland View Retirement Village for himself and his fellow residents.

Supporting Navy families through deployment

Published on by Ms Rachel Bowman (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Family members wave in excitement as HMAS Sheean returns home to Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Family members wave in excitement as HMAS Sheean returns home to Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA.

While usually rewarding for members, deployments and other absences can be a stressful and challenging time for some families. Defence Community Organisation has developed a new webinar series for members and their families called ‘Deployment: embracing the challenge’.

Cerberus bleeds for National Blood Donor Week

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seaman Rhiannon Hodge and Seaman Jeremy Giles give blood as part of National Blood Donor Week. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Rhiannon Hodge and Seaman Jeremy Giles give blood as part of National Blood Donor Week.

Every day across Australia someone, somewhere, needs the vital gift of blood. During National Blood Donor Week (14-20 June), Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is celebrating everyone who has helped to make the gift of blood possible in Australia.

Naval Association’s Beachvale Sub-Section keeps watch over today’s sailors

Published on by LCDR Naomi Deignan (author)

Members of the Beachvale Sub-Section of the Naval Association of Australia, who donated $10,000 to Navy’s Keeping Watch charity. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). (photo: )

Members of the Beachvale Sub-Section of the Naval Association of Australia, who donated $10,000 to Navy’s Keeping Watch charity. (This activity took place before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place).

The Beachvale Sub-Section of the Naval Association of Australia, located in South Australia, are proud of their motto “Once Navy - Always Navy - binding us all together.”

Warship Alliance digs deep for charity

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance Executive Assistant Kerryne Herridge (front left) and WAMA Alliance General Manager Russell Parker (front right) with (back row L-R) WAMA Office Services Manager Adam McLachlan; Asset Lifecycle Technical Officer Jason Phillips; and Anzac Ships Project Office Director Gary Watson at the WAMA Alliance office in Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance Executive Assistant Kerryne Herridge (front left) and WAMA Alliance General Manager Russell Parker (front right) with (back row L-R) WAMA Office Services Manager Adam McLachlan; Asset Lifecycle Technical Officer Jason Phillips; and Anzac Ships Project Office Director Gary Watson at the WAMA Alliance office in Rockingham, WA.

The Warship Asset Management Agreement Alliance, also known as WAMA, has reached a significant milestone in charity donations through its Team Anzac Charity Canteen.

Cerberus clocks the kilometres for Soldier On

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Australian Defence members of HMAS Cerberus conducting the 42km run for the Soldier On Anzac Marathon during Anzac Day at Cerberus Gymnasium, Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Australian Defence members of HMAS Cerberus conducting the 42km run for the Soldier On Anzac Marathon during Anzac Day at Cerberus Gymnasium, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus hosted an Anzac Day fundraiser for Soldier On on 25 April, led by Cerberus’ Physical Training Instructors and conducted outside the base’s gymnasium facility.

Navy steps up to give blood

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Lieutenant Natasha Callan donates blood at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre at Town Hall, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Lieutenant Natasha Callan donates blood at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre at Town Hall, Sydney.

Navy’s commitment to the community has been highlighted yet again with a group of Royal Australian Navy personnel answering a new call for blood donors.

Keeping Watch supports Navy family after horror holiday accident

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Naomi Deignan (author)

Able Seaman Cooper Blackwood and his partner, Able Seaman Sarah Horn, in Brisbane after Cooper's holiday accident in Bali. (photo: )

Able Seaman Cooper Blackwood and his partner, Able Seaman Sarah Horn, in Brisbane after Cooper's holiday accident in Bali.

Enjoying a break from their ship by the pool of a resort, a well-earned holiday in Bali turned tragic for a young Navy couple when water-lover Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Cooper Blackwood dived into the resort pool to cool down.