Penguin supports Relay for Life

This article has photo gallery Published on WOIS John O'Brien (author and photographer)

Location(s): Manly, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin

The Penguin team carry the hauser (rope) around  the oval for a couple of laps at Relay for Life, Manly.  The hauser was also used in the Tug a War. (photo: WOIS John O'Brien)
The Penguin team carry the hauser (rope) around the oval for a couple of laps at Relay for Life, Manly. The hauser was also used in the Tug a War.

Eight members of HMAS Penguin's ship's company recently raised over $1,600 for cancer survivors and sufferers at the Northern Beaches Relay for Life.

The team took to Manly's Keirle Park on 5 September, and each member completed approximately 40km, over a 300m track in near perfect walking conditions.

During the 12 hour relay, which ran until 10pm, the team's mascot, a wooden penguin was carried around the track.  

First time participant, Chief Petty Officer Ray Young said he was pleased to get involved with the worthwhile cause.

"It was great to be able to participate in an event that works so hard to provide funding and support for cancer sufferers and their families," he said.

"It was very rewarding being able to participate in the event with my family and members of the Penguin ship's company.

"During the relay, I was proud to carry the wooden Penguin at various stages.  

"It is a 'very well travelled' mascot," Chief Petty Officer Young said.

The HMAS Penguin Relay for LifeTeam:  L to R: Seaman Jessica Gross, Chief Petty Officer Ray Young, Warrant Officer John Obrien, Leading Seaman Paul Lynch, Leading Seaman Hannah Lee, Midshipman Sunil Martin, Chief Petty Officer Sharon Brown and the Commanding Officer of Penguin Commander Paul Gall at Relay for Life, Keirle Park, Manly.

The HMAS Penguin Relay for LifeTeam: L to R: Seaman Jessica Gross, Chief Petty Officer Ray Young, Warrant Officer John Obrien, Leading Seaman Paul Lynch, Leading Seaman Hannah Lee, Midshipman Sunil Martin, Chief Petty Officer Sharon Brown and the Commanding Officer of Penguin Commander Paul Gall at Relay for Life, Keirle Park, Manly.


This is the fourth year that Relay for Life has run the fundraising event in Manly, New South Wales, and the fourth year a team from the naval base has taken part. Since its inception has raised a cumulative total of over $450,000 for Cancer Council New South Wales and local programs and services for the Manly and Northern Beaches communities.  

Cancer Council Ambassador and cancer survivor Tricia Vermuyten shared her survival story with the Penguin team, which motivated everyone to keep walking.

Manly Relay for Life organiser Becky Dadswell commended Navy for taking part in the community event.   

"It was great to see a team from HMAS Penguin participate in the event, raising funds to raise awareness about cancer and towards vital research, prevention and support programs," she said.