Sailors 'clown around' to support St. Giles

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, TAS

Navy Headquarters - Tasmania personnel with other volunteers and kids at St. Giles Open Day. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)
Navy Headquarters - Tasmania personnel with other volunteers and kids at St. Giles Open Day.

A glorious day and lots of excited children greeted Navy Headquarters Tasmania personnel who volunteered to help local charity St. Giles with its annual open day.

Using products supplied by Woolworths and the services of another local support group known as 'the Rapid Relief Team', visitors to the St. Giles's Child Development and Disability Services facility in Lenah Valley were treated to a feast of sausages, hamburgers and salads.

This left the team from Navy Headquarters Tasmania free to play with the children and coordinate other fund raising activities.

A highlight was a challenge to raise $250 - the price put on Petty Officer 'Spike' Jones's head! Spike is quick to tell you that he is not very fond of clowns, but for $250 he agreed to have his face painted - you guessed it - as a clown. Needless to say, the target was quickly reached and 'Spike' overcame his phobia.

The Tasmanian Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band was a great hit, as was Lieutenant Daryl Peebles, who amused the kids and adults alike in his other guise as Mr. Beep - magician and ventriloquist.

Chief Petty Officer Jamie Schmith and Veronica strike up a wonderful friendship at the St. Giles Open Day.

Chief Petty Officer Jamie Schmith and Veronica strike up a wonderful friendship at the St. Giles Open Day.


St. Giles's General Manager of Communications and Fundraising, Danielle Blewett was glowing in her praise of the efforts of all volunteers but specifically mentioned Leading Seaman Kirri-lee 'Braz' Brazendale for her overall coordination of the day's event.

Commander Stacey Porter, Commanding Officer of Navy Headquarters Tasmania, said the real rewards for the Navy personnel came from the smiles on the faces of the kids they were helping.

“We are also looking forward to participating in the St. Giles Walk With Me events in September, after which, in conjunction with Woolworths, we will have an exciting announcement to make regarding the funds we have raised for St. Giles this year,” she said.