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By LSIS Paul McCallum
CANCER. It is a word that evokes
very strong emotions in many peo-
ple. When diagnosed, some people
give up while others fight back.
SGT Ken Leggett of the Defence
Force School of Signals -- Electronic
Warfare Wing (DFSS-EWW) is a
Diagnosed with testicular can-
cer last year, SGT Leggett fought
back with the support of his family
and some special medical units and
decided his personal victory was not
enough. He wanted to say thank you to
those who helped him.
"At the beginning of the year I had
only just completed chemotherapy and
my health and fitness was really low,"
said SGT Leggett.
"Two of my mates, SGT Andrew
Gillies and SGT Mark Harvey, decided
that they needed to get me fit again so
we all started cycling together."
In January SGT Leggett and his
friends began organising an activity
to help enhance awareness through-
out the ADF and raise money for the
two organisations that supported him
through his treatment, St. Andrews
Hospital and the Flinders Medical
After months of planning sail-
ors, soldiers and airmen set off on Ex
Round for Life, a 1200km cycle from
Cabarlah to Canberra, raising money
along the way and at their overnight
"While sitting around over a coffee
I mentioned to them that I would like
to put something back into the fight
against cancer and the idea evolved
from there," he said
Cabarlah rides against cancer
From August 29 -- September 11,
the riding team of one RAAF and 10
Army personnel ticked off the dis-
tance, covering about 100km per day
down the New England Highway,
culminating in the final leg from
the Australian War Memorial to
Parliament House on September 11.
Round for Life would have been
an impossible task without the support
from all the members of the DFSS-
EWW. The support staff were made up
of three Navy, four Army, one RAAF
and one public servant.
Ex Round for Life has raised over
$30,000 for St. Andrews Hospital
and the Flinders Medical Centre
Anyone wishing to contribute to Round for
Life can still do so at www.roundforlife.
TOGETHER: Staff from Cabarlah joined together to raise funds and
awareness after SGT Ken Leggett fought back against testicular cancer.
By Deanna Nott
"Fraud against the
THIS short phrase is usually enough
to ensure that Australian Defence
Force members stay on the straight
and narrow at all times.
Unfortunately, however, the
idea of being prosecuted and found
guilty of committing fraud against
the Commonwealth is not enough to
deter everyone from doing the wrong
This month, an Army Reservist
was convicted of two fraud offences
in a Northern Territory Court.
The Reservist, who claimed to be
self employed but was actually work-
ing full-time as a NT police officer,
pleaded guilty to obtaining a finan-
cial benefit by deception and making
a false claim for Employer Support
The Reservist was sentenced to
two months' imprisonment (whol-
ly suspended) and must be of
good behaviour for 18 months. He
was required to pay back all of the
money. In addition, the Reservist
now has a criminal conviction on his
Director of the Employer Support
Payment Scheme Mr Doug Stedman
said it was disappointing that the
Reservist abused the scheme.
"It is very concerning to our
organisation and certainly provides
us with a good reason to remind
Reservists that they must ensure
their claims are genuine," said Mr
"The intent of the ESP Scheme
is to enhance employer support for
Reserve service and increase the
availability of Reservists to undertake
Defence service by providing finan-
cial support to civilian employers.
"Payments may also be made to
self employed Reservists."
Mr Stedman said the scheme had
been set up under a legislative instru-
ment that details the eligibility crite-
ria for all ESP claims.
"Decision makers are responsi-
ble for the approval or rejection of
ESP claims. These decision makers
are vigilant to ensure only genu-
ine claimants are rewarded by the
"Everyone must be aware that
when there is any suggestion or evi-
dence that a claimant is trying to
obtain a financial advantage from the
Commonwealth by fraud or decep-
tion, that these matters are immedi-
ately forwarded to the appropriate
Defence agency for investigation.
"If investigation reveals that
a claimant has committed fraud or
deception, the facts will be submit-
ted to the appropriate authorities for
"Reservists should remember that
this may lead to criminal prosecution
and loss of employment."
Reservist convicted of
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