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October 27, 2011
NEW and old Navy golf-
ers have raised over
$10,000 for troubled
youth. The Naval Golf
Association hosted the
21st charity golf day at
Sydney's Rosnay Golf
Club on September
2. Ninety-six golfers
played in support of
the Sir David Martin
Foundation, which aims
to get young people off
the streets, away from
and into care and reha-
chief executive officer
Jannine Jackson said
she was thrilled with the
event. "We're so grateful
to everyone who took
part," she said. "Many
of the young people we
help would have very
few options without
your support; you are
helping to make a real
difference to their lives."
Sir David Martin's wife,
Lady Susie Martin,
received the $10,382
cheque from WOPT
a good cause
By LCPL Mark Doran
ENTHUSIASTIC cyclists LCDR Ken
Owers and LCDR David Fulton are
pumped up and ready for their next
charity bike ride -- the Fitz Challenge in
Canberra on October 30.
During the Fitz Challenge, cyclists
will climb more than 2300m -- the equiv-
alent of riding from sea level to the top of
Mount Kosciuszko -- to raise money and
awareness for the Oncology Children's
LCDR Fulton and LCDR Owers said
they were overwhelmed by the generosity
of people, as more than $800 had already
LCDR Owers has participated
in three 250km 'Around the Bay in a
Day' events around Port Phillip Bay in
Melbourne, two 120km Amy Gillett rides
in Melbourne and Canberra and one Fitz
LCDR Fulton has previously taken
part in the Canberra Amy Gillett ride, the
Great Perth bike ride and last year's Fitz
The Fitz Challenge is held in
Canberra in October every year.
LCDR Fulton said the Fitz Challenge
was a gruelling ride and would again take
a toll on riders over the 165km route.
"But it pales in comparison to the
strength, stamina and bravery shown by
young children who have to constantly
battle for months and years to overcome
life-threatening illnesses like cancer or
leukaemia," LCDR Fulton said.
One of those children is Cooper
Ogden, whose father Brett Ogden works
for the Defence Service Centre.
Cooper, who is nearly four-years-old,
was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic
leukaemia at the start of the year.
Mr Ogden said because people had
donated to research, his son's chance of
survival was higher.
He said survival rates had increased
from 30 per cent 20 years ago to more
than 90 per cent.
"Cooper is in the final stages of
intense chemotherapy and, though now
in remission, it will still be a number of
years before he is in the clear. All of the
effort people make really does have an
impact," Mr Ogden said.
Donations to LCDR Fulton's and LCDR Owers'
charity effort can be made at www.everyday
GEARING UP: LCDR Ken Owers and LCDR David Fulton are encouraging
further donations as they prepare to tackle the 165km Fitz Challenge ride,
raising much-needed funds to support the Oncology Children's Foundation
and children like Cooper Ogden (inset).
Main photo: LCPL Mark Doran
TO THE RESCUE: LEUT Damon
Craig launches the surfboat.
Surf club lends helping hand
THE support of a surf life saving club
has helped the Navy put a crew to sea
in a community event marking HMAS
Cerberus's Open Day.
The Point Leo Surf Club provided a
surfboat to Cerberus so the naval training
base could enter a crew into the Classic
Surfboat Marathon scheduled for October
23 (after Navy News went to print).
Thirty crews from surf life saving
clubs from around Victoria were expected
to take part in the event.
Crews were to go head-to-head in a
two-stage race commencing at Cerberus
on the Mornington Peninsula.
LEUT Damon Craig worked hard
over many months with Point Leo Surf
Club's Peter Ford to secure the boat.
LEUT Craig thanked the surf life
saving club for coming to the party by
providing the boat.
The boat was restored and blessed in
the lead up to the event.
"We began discussions with Point Leo
Surf Lifesaving Club some months ago,
looking at hosting the start to a surfboat
race from here to Flinders. Any mention
of entering a Navy crew always came
back to not having a boat," LEUT Craig
"The boat has a long history as a
championship winner with the club and,
also, in its previous paint scheme was a
key part of advertising for VB.
"I would like to thank Point Leo Surf
Life Saving Club for the generous loan of
this boat to enable us to take part in the
PAINTBALL players in
Defence are looking for
other military members
interested in establish-
ing an ADF-wide com-
petition in 2012. The aim
is to start the proposed
league with a week-
long tournament based
on the civilian Super
7 series with amateur,
semi-pro and profes-
sional level divisions.
Army and Air Force
paintball players are in
the process of seeking
tion as a prerequisite
to gaining recognition
of paintball as an offi-
cial ADF sport. They
are encouraging Navy
representatives to get
involved. The aim is
to start with a one-off
ADF tournament. More
information is available
by emailing stephen.
au or joshua.lamb@
push on target
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