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October 28, 2010
By SBLT Stuart Dennis
THE lucky highest bidders in charity
auctions have had a day to remember
with the ADF in the Top End.
Geoff and Anna Cussons, fran-
chisees of Harvey Norman Darwin,
and Richard Harding, CEO of TIO,
with Denis Mackenzie, Managing
Director of CSG, were the highest
bidders for an ADF Action Day rais-
ing a total of $40,000 for the Ronald
McDonald House Children's Charity
and Starlight Foundation.
And they got their money's worth
in an action-packed day with Darwin-
based units of the Navy, Army and Air
Mr Cussons said the day was
"We [civilians] kind of know what
happens out there, but we really don't
know what happens and don't know
the benefits of serving," he said. Ms
Cussons agreed, saying the day was
Slipping into tank suits, the auc-
tion winners saddled up with the land
forces first taking rides in an M1A1
Abrams tank, M113 AS4 Armoured
Personnel Carrier and an ASLAV, as
well as a shoot in the Weapons Testing
"The tanks rides were far beyond
our expectations and a life experience
that we are very lucky to have had,"
Mr Cussons said.
The willing philanthropists also
took to the skies in a RAAF P-3C over
Darwin Harbour to see the ADF action
And the day of action would not
have been complete without sailing
aboard HMAS Bathurst off the coast
of Darwin. The auction winners took
the opportunity to see a boarding party
training exercise first hand, as well as
high speed manoeuvring aboard one of
Mr Mackenzie told the ship's com-
pany the RAN was what he wanted to
see the most and was the main reason
why he bid at the auction.
"It was a great day from all of
the Services and I thank all of those
involved for supporting such a great
cause," he said.
Commander Northern Command,
CDRE David Gwyther, said the ADF
Action Day was a unique opportuni-
ty Defence could offer to charities to
raise much-needed funds.
Day to remember in Top End
"I know it is a great feeling for all
the ADF members to see the reaction
of the auction winners as they get into
the action and, at the same time, know-
ing how much we have been able to
change a child's life," he said.
GREAT EXPERIENCE: The
auction winners take a ride in
one of HMAS Bathurst's RHIBs,
while inset, the boys of Army's
1st Armoured Regiment show off
one of their M1A1 Abrams tanks
with COMNORCOM, CDRE David
Gwyther, looking on.
Photos: LSIS Helen Frank and
ABIS James Whittle
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