HMAS Stuart's ‘Tartan Terrors’ donate funds raised to Red Kite charity

Published on LCDR Michelle Ryan (author)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, NSW

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, HMAS Stuart (F153)

Able Seaman Rhys O'Neill, a member of HMAS Stuart's ship's company, presents representatives Mr Alex Daoust and Ms Deearn Hughes from the Red Kite charity with a cheque onboard HMAS Stuart.

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Able Seaman Rhys O'Neill, a member of HMAS Stuart's ship's company, presents representatives Mr Alex Daoust and Ms Deearn Hughes from the Red Kite charity with a cheque onboard HMAS Stuart.

The ship’s company of HMAS Stuart recently presented a donation to the charity ‘Red Kite’. The ship shares a longstanding relationship with Red Kite, a charity providing financial support to cancer sufferers aged 0-24 years and their families.

The Communications Department generously donated two gift cards from ‘Red Balloon’ as raffle prizes to encourage others to donate to the charity. The Welfare Committee chipped in for additional prizes, followed by the Electronic Technicians who organised an ‘uckers’ competition to raise more money. This was topped off by the Marine Technicians organising an auctioned ‘wakey wakey’ [sailor can choose music to be used to wake ship's company instead of the usual bosun’s call] for a week at sea. Overall $1300 was raised for Red Kite.

“The ship’s charity Red Kite helps with the costs incurred by those battling cancer,” ABCIS Rhys O’Neill said.

“Everyone onboard got involved with raising money, and we had some fun along the way,” he said.

The ‘Tartan Terrors’ have plans to continue their fundraising efforts for Red Kite, with their latest challenge ‘For The Kids’ to run, ride and row their way around Australia.

“For The Kids will track the distances covered on the onboard exercise equipment until we reach 35,876 kilometres,” LEUT Caitlin Lamb, the Navigator and Sports Officer said.

“Of course, it’s a great chance for us to keep fit to fight as well”, she added.

Those participating have pledged to donate to Red Kite for every kilometre they travel.