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October 14, 2010
It's time to plan your international holiday break!
You told us that you wanted great holiday accommodation at wonderful destinations worldwide at
discounted rates. The American Armed Forces have had this for years and now Australian Defence
members can tap into this arrangement.
The Royal Australian Navy Central Canteens Fund (RANCCF) has teamed up with the Armed
Forces Vacation Club® (AFVC) to deliver terrific accommodation options in over 100 countries.
This new arrangement is a "space available" program that offers military and other Department of
Defence-affiliated personnel the opportunity to enjoy vacations at popular destinations around the
world -- for the incredibly low price of just $369* USD per unit, per week.
Stay with your loved ones at a beachfront resort in Mexico, Thailand or Spain. Enjoy a well-
appointed cabin in the Canadian Rockies, or a centuries old home in the English countryside.
Take your leave at a do-everything resort near Orlando's theme parks, Greece's ancient ruins
or Tuscany's rolling hills. With the RANCCF and the Armed Forces Vacation Club, your vacation
options span the globe.
For over 35 years the RANCCF has provided its members with holiday accommodation and over the
past 4 years have expanded the holiday options for Navy members with value holiday packages at
various destinations locally and internationally.
The CEO of the RANCCF, Mr Barnie van Wyk said 'our association with the Armed Forces vacation
Club (www.afvclub.com.au) provides all Defence members, both uniformed and civilian, with an
exclusive international holiday accommodation solution at very exciting locations at very affordable
The RANCCF remains committed to seeking and developing innovative new benefits and
partnerships that will greatly enhance value for our members, Mr van Wyk said.
All Australian Defence members are invited to visit www.afvclub.com.au for a discounted value
holiday package with great variety, choice and flexibility almost anywhere in the world.
And to get you to these fabulous destinations, why not try out our other RANCCF partner, World
Travel Professionals? This new RANCCF travel planner is a one stop shop for family holidays,
reunion travel, quick trip interstate or a massive around the world tour!
World Travel Professionals is an elite travel company skilled in creating remarkable travel
experiences across every corner of the globe.
Check out www.ranccf.com/holidays.htm
for these and other wonderful holiday accommodation and travel options
farewell to Cairns
COMMANDER Bob Heffey and his
ship's company at HMAS Cairns have
said farewell to two of the base's
LCDR Mike Rashleigh walked
into civvie street from the position of
Base Support Manager for the Defence
Support-North Queensland Cairns
area of responsibility while Mr Ken
Hoey, formerly a uniformed member
of the RAN, but later a member of the
Australian Public Service retired from
the position of the base's Assistant
Explosives Custodian Officer.
LCDR Rashleigh joined HMAS
Cairns as the OIC of FIMA Cairns in
1996 but changed roles, serving as the
Project Officer with the Patrol Boat
SPO, Port Services Officer, the initial
Base Redevelopment Officer and finally
in 2004 as the Base Support Manager
for Defence Support Queensland Cairns
area of responsibility.
Ken Hoey joined the RAN in
October 1964 and attained the rank of
CPO Quartermaster Gunner before dis-
charging in July 1990.
He joined the Australian Public
Service in February 1992 being initially
employed at the Oakey Army Aviation
Centre before joining HMAS Cairns in
July 1997 as the Assistant Explosives
Custodian Officer -- a position he held
until his recent retirement.
FAREWELL: CMDR Bob Heffey farewells LCDR Mick Rashleigh (left) and
Ken Hoey at HMAS Cairns.
Photos: Grahem Davies
By Michael Brooke
THE 'bloody battle' between the
three Services of the Australian
Defence Force has commenced with
typical shock and awe.
The shock and awe came in the
form of the shark-punching Navy
Clearance Diver, AB Paul de Gelder,
who launched the bloody battle at the
Australian Red Cross Blood Service in
Sydney on September 3.
The bloody battle pits the three
Services in a contest to donate the
most amount of blood during an eight-
week life-saving battle, to help boost
critically low blood stocks.
AB de Gelder knows the life-sav-
ing importance of blood donations,
needing almost 300 units of blood
after losing a leg and hand from a
shark attack in February last year.
AB de Gelder said without people
giving up their time to donate blood,
he wouldn't be here today.
"Blood was there for me when I
needed it, one in three of us will need
blood in our lifetime, but currently
only one in 30 Australians donate," he
"It's great the ADF can get behind
the Blood Service to ensure there's
enough blood for patients in need,
more people need to roll up their
"The Blood Service needs almost
27,000 donations every week to keep
up with demand. The Defence Forces
will help boost donor numbers but we
really need the general public to roll
up their sleeves to get back to where
we need to be."
Fresh blood will flow
Now in its second year, the
Blood Service Defence Force
Challenge is an opportunity for
thousands of Defence staff across
Australia to help save lives in a dif-
Last year, the RAAF took out
the winner's trophy, 91 donations
ahead of the Army. The 2010 chal-
lenge also invites the family and
friends of Defence Force employ-
ees to get involved and make their
MAJGEN Paul Alexander,
Commander Joint Health said all
men and women in uniform are
acutely aware of the fact that life in
the Defence Force means needing
a blood donation is a real prospect.
"The Blood Service supplies
almost 400 units of blood to the
Defence Forces annually, which
is sent to locations including the
Solomon Islands and East Timor,"
MAJGEN Alexander said.
Blood Service NSW Manager
Garry Wolfe said after a tough win-
ter the Blood Service is still battling
with low blood stocks.
"Many of our regular donors
couldn't donate due to colds and
flu, so we were hit hard," he said.
Corporate and community
groups interested in supporting the
Blood Service can also join Club
Please call 13 14 95 or visit donate-
blood.com.au for more information.
SUPPORT: ABCD Paul de Gelder (right) gives moral support to
blood doner, LEUT Alistair Tomlinson
Photo: Michael Brooke
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