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March 4, 2010
By CMDR Max Speedy
THE generous sailors of HMAS
Cerberus (CAPT Mark Hill) have
helped raised more than $1500 to assist
the victims of the Samoan tsunami that
devasted communities last September.
Clothing was collected at Cerberus
late last year, together with a tin shake
by the Rotary Club of Hastings dur-
ing the 2009 Open Day on October 25,
which raised the money to fund a con-
tainer that will be sent to the affected
The Western Port Secondary College
and local business Bowens P/L, with
assistance from Hastings Rotary, recently
packed a 20-foot container with clothes,
uniforms, school desks and chairs, as
well as a variety of other useful mate-
rials, to go to Samoa. Once there, the
Samoan Lions Club will distribute the
goods to those most in need.
CAPT Hill said the fundraising was a
real demonstration of international good
will with everyone working together to
assist those in need.
By Bernard O'Connor
THE CO of HMAS Cairns CMDR Bob
Heffey has presented several sailors
with awards recognising outstanding
Cairns Sailor of the Year for 2009 was
CPOPT June Cunningham.
CMDR Heffey said CPO
Cunningham's commitment to providing
quality customer service to Defence per-
sonnel posted to Cairns and Cairns-based
Fleet units was second to none.
"This award also recognises your
magnificent efforts in providing unself-
ish support by volunteering your services
to assist in our community engagements
and commitments, including the Battle
of Australia commemoration, Cairns
Relay for Life, Cairns to Cooktown Bike
Challenge, Anzac and Remembrance Day
ceremonies, Battle of Coral Sea celebra-
tions and the Djarragun College careers
day," CMDR Heffey said.
Sailor of the Month for December
2009 was presented to LSHSO Jessica
Bishop for her interpersonal skills and
willingness to undertake short notice
CPONPC Ray Rosendale was named
the Sailor of the Month for January
2010 and praised for his enthusiasm
as a mentor in addition to his ongoing
commitment to the Cairns Community
POB Dale Gilbert was also awarded
a CO's Commendation while CPOWTR
Kym Van Wetering, who recently posted
up north, was presented with an Australia
Day Medallion for her excellent work as
a Personnel Officer at HMAS Harman.
CPOCK Rick Currie was also
announced as a Conspicuous Service
Cross recipient in the 2010 Australia Day
Editor's note: See page 10 for a great story
on CPO Currie!
Sailors impress in Cairns
WELL DONE: ADCU's Tracie Painter with HMAS Cairns Sailor of the Year
CPOPT June Cunningham and Cairns' CO CMDR Bob Heffey.
Cerberus sailors dig
deep for Samoan
neighbours in need
COMBINED EFFORT: CMDRs Max Speedy and Mark Muir
help load the container together with Rotary, Bowens P/L and
Western Port Secondary College personnel before shipment.
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