Cerberus clocks the kilometres for Soldier On

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

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Anzac Day, Soldier On

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, raising money to support veterans.

The event was an Anzac Marathon challenge, led by Cerberus’ Physical Training Instructors and conducted outside the base’s gymnasium facility, following strict physical distancing measures.

More than 70 Australian Defence Force members participated by completing 100kms on a spin or assault bike, or 42.2kms on a rowing machine, or a 42.2km run around an extended 1.1km circuit. Some even did a combination of all the events.

The aim of the event included remembering the service and sacrifice of Defence members in all wars, challenging the personal fitness of participants, building their resilience and mental health, and raising money for the Soldier On foundation.

Seaman* (Seaman under training) Tom Carle rowed 42kms in 3hours and 4mins.

“It was a great way to commemorate Anzac Day,” he said.

“I really enjoyed being active for a good cause. Big thanks to the Physical Training Instructors for getting us up and going because it really helps boost morale.”

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus Captain Mike Oborn said it was a great effort by everyone who took part.

“While we are physically distanced, we are not necessarily socially distanced.

“The team at Cerberus have done an outstanding job coming up with an event that honours and respects the traditions of Anzac Day, while still adhering to Government social distancing regulations,” he said.

Barry Kenyon the National Fundraising Director for Solider On expressed his gratitude for the fundraising support.

“Soldier On offers a wide range of services to help those who have been in the Australian Defence Force, and we are very grateful for the support from HMAS Cerberus.

“These funds will go towards delivering on our H.E.L.P program; "H" is for health and wellbeing, "E" is for employment, "L" for learning, and "P" is for participation and social connections,” he said.

Participants who registered and completed their total required distance on a single element were treated to a survival pack of endurance gels and a blue dinosaur bar.

“While there may be some very sore bodies on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, the immense satisfaction that we all get from pushing ourselves helps us remember the sacrifices of those who have gone before us,” Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Louis Tanner said.

Donations to Soldier On can still be made at https://soldier-on.giveeasy.org/give-now.