Cerberus dives into a dry October

Published on SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Ocsober

CPO Dion McCrabb, Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus CMDR Mike Oborn, Healthy Harold and the Cerberus Ocsober co-ordinator LEUT Melissa Lindsay launch the HMAS Cerberus 12 hour Ocsober swim challenge. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)
CPO Dion McCrabb, Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus CMDR Mike Oborn, Healthy Harold and the Cerberus Ocsober co-ordinator LEUT Melissa Lindsay launch the HMAS Cerberus 12 hour Ocsober swim challenge.

Sailors from HMAS Cerberus dived into the launch of Ocsober in Victoria. Around 300 swimmers took the plunge for a good cause, taking part in a continuous 12 hour swimming relay.

Life Education mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe and HMAS Cerberus Executive Officer, Commander Mike Oborn, RAN, officially started the 12 hour relay and launched the annual National Ocsober Awareness campaign for Victoria.

With 2013 being the Cerberus Year of Participation, CMDR Oborn was pleased to see the level of support shown by local ADF members. Being a Diver, CMDR Oborn threw down the gauntlet issuing a challenge to staff and trainees to pit their endurance against his own. The show of support for Ocsober even extended to families who took up the team challenge by swimming after school and work.

“It's great to see so many people from Cerberus participating. For our people, it's not about how many laps we can swim, it's about getting involved and showing our support,” said CMDR Oborn.

Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus CMDR Mike Oborn and Healthy Harold start the HMAS Cerberus 12 hour Ocsober Swim Challenge.

Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus CMDR Mike Oborn and Healthy Harold start the HMAS Cerberus 12 hour Ocsober Swim Challenge.

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Katherine Richards, RAN, encourages all Navy people to help their community in making the right choices. Cerberus regularly supports the community and many charities through fund raising as well as helping with activities from native plant regeneration working bees, to rebuilding school playgrounds.

“We’re proud to support such a worthy cause aimed at children's wellbeing. Life Education provides children with the knowledge they need to make the right decisions in life and encourages healthy lifestyles. That’s important for everyone, including Navy,” said CAPT Richards.

Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer (CPOPT) Dion McCrabb willingly helped with coordinating the swim relay and encouraging teams and individuals to keep going throughout the 12 hour relay.

“This is important. It's something that today's Navy is proud to embrace. A healthy life is everyone's responsibility, not just for yourself, but for your family too,” said CPOPT McCrabb.

Navy is one of the biggest supporters of Life Education’s Ocsober initiative nationally, helping in raising funds to deliver health and wellness education programs to over 600,000 children in over 3,000 primary and secondary schools across Australia every year.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131483.