Warship Alliance digs deep for charity

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

Location(s): Rockingham, WA

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, Beyond Blue

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.

The canteen, an honour system-based outlet, offers WAMA and Navy staff at the Anzac Ship Program Office in Rockingham, Western Australia, a range of food and drink products.

The canteen makes a small profit on each item it sells, all of which is fed back into the community.

WAMA Office Services Manager Adam McLachlan said the canteen has been operating for the past 15 years and this month reached the remarkable milestone of $100,000 that has been donated to a range of local charities and community groups.

“The WAMA is very much a member of the local and greater Western Australian community,” Mr McLachlan said.

“As such, we are proud to be able to raise much-needed funds for various charities and a number of community groups such as surf lifesaving clubs, swimming clubs and a range of other community organisations.

“We also held a Crock Pot Cook Off in 2019 and raised money to provide sleeping bags to homeless people in the Rockingham area.”

Mr McLachlan said the donation that brought up the $100,000 milestone was made to the Beyond Blue organisation that works to address issues associated with depression and other related mental health issues.

“This was in support of one of our team members Jason Phillips, who ran as part of the ‘Run at Home, Run as One’ event which was held on Anzac Day,” Mr McLachlan said.

“This event brought together runners from across Australia and New Zealand who, because of social distancing laws, ran individually at home to raise money for Beyond Blue.

“Jason undertook a five-kilometre loop of his local neighbourhood once an hour for 16 hours over the day – this totalled 80km across the day, which was a mammoth effort.”

Mr McLachlan said the $100,000 milestone would not have been possible if it weren’t for team members such as Mr Phillips and a dedicated group of volunteers, led by Executive Assistant Kerryne Herridge, that are drawn from the WAMA workforce.

The Warship Asset Management Agreement Alliance is a strategic partnership between the Commonwealth of Australia, BAE Systems, Saab Australia, and Naval Ship Management Australia.