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March 29, 2012
AFTER his son Aiden was diagnosed with type
1 juvenile diabetes last year, CPO Stu Walter, of
HMAS Albatross, wanted to do something.
Teaming with CPO Glenn Smith, the car enthusi-
asts quickly set about organising the Albatross Show'
n Shine car event which raised $1120 for the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Fund.
Despite wet weather, the event, held at Fleet Air
Arm Museum on March 7, attracted 40 entrants and
several hundred spectators. Cars included a 1972
Ford XA Coupe drag car, a classic Combi campervan,
a 1961 Vespa, a 1971 Holden HQ Coupe and Stu's
own 2005 Ford FPV GT-P.
"After Aiden's diagnosis I wanted to do my part
in promoting public awareness and raising funds for
research into a cure for type 1 diabetes," CPO Walters
"The support from the local community and
automobile-loving Albatross personnel was great,
everyone really got behind us."
CPO Walters and CPO Smith hope to organise
another Show'n'Shine later this year.
A FAMILY illness has inspired HMAS Kuttabul's CPO
Alan Giles to participate in a 200km cycling event to
raise funds for cancer research and treatment.
When CPOET Giles learnt his stepfather had been
diagnosed with lymphoma, he felt compelled to partici-
pate in a fundraiser for the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
"When you get news like that you want to help in
any way you can," he said.
CPO Giles said he hoped to raise $3200 by cycling
200km in October in the Sunsuper Ride to Conquer
Cancer from Sydney to Camden via Penrith and back.
The Combat Systems Maintenance School instructor
is a 24-year Navy veteran who wants to do all he can for
a worthwhile charity. "I expect the event to challenge me
mentally and physically because I'm not a professional
cyclist," he said.
CPO Giles has already launched a vigorous training
program to prepare for the event with 80km rides along
the M7 motorway in Sydney.
CPO Giles' foray into cycling started by accident,
when he got sick of sitting in traffic jams every day.
"I started cycling to work three times a week about
12 months ago and since then I have felt the benefits of
being healthy by losing 12kg and saving money other-
wise spent on petrol."
He is seeking donations of any size for the cause.
All proceeds will help build the Chris O'Brien
Lifehouse, a world-class cancer treatment and research
facility providing integrated care and support services to
public and private patients.
Donations to date have reached nearly $700.
To donate go to http://sy12.conquercancer.org.au/site/TR/
Road to research
CPOET Alan Giles, of
HMAS Kuttabul, will ride
200km to raise funds to
help conquer cancer.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
GOOD JOB: CO HMAS Albatross CAPT
Gordon Andrew, left, presents CPO Stu Walters
and CPO Glenn Smith with a cheque for $1120,
raised for juvenile diabetes. Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
Albatross revs up
for diabetes fund
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