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September 27, 2012
A SAILOR from HMAS Waterhen has
embarked on a 3500km voyage across
India in a three-wheel tuk-tuk to raise
money for Legacy.
ABCSO David Cox participated in
Rickshaw Run 2012, which took him and
50 other participants from Shillong in the
west to Mumbai from September 9-22.
"It was a crazy way to raise money,
but I'd do almost anything for Legacy,"
ABCSO Cox paid almost $6000 to
compete in the event and has already
raised more than $500, but he is aiming
for 20 times that amount.
He undertook the challenge in the
145cc tuk-tuk with a top speed of 55km/h.
It ran extremely loudly and was
cramped, uncomfortable and prone to
"The tuk-tuk is probably the least
suitable vehicle on the planet for cover-
ing the entire sub-continent in only two
weeks," ABCSO Cox said.
He said event organisers didn't give
too many tips about what to expect
along the way.
"They figured we would work out
how to avoid bandits, which roads may
collapse underneath us and any other
anticipated or never-thought-of compli-
cations," he said.
Funds raised for Legacy will help to
assist more than 100,000 widows and
2000 children and people with disabili-
ties Australia-wide, with essential servic-
es such as counselling, special housing,
medical, advocacy and social support.
Support for Legacy can be lodged online at
SBLT Sarah West
NAVY joined other members of Western
Australia's maritime community and
more than 11,000 members of the public
to celebrate the State's seafaring indus-
tries on September 1.
Officers and sailors from HMAS
Stirling gave the public a glimpse into
their professional lives at Celebrate
Maritime Day at the Port of Fremantle.
The event showcased maritime
industries, organisations and companies,
and promoted safety at sea.
Navy's exhibits included a Naval
Police Coxswain's police van, maritime
firefighting demonstrations, mine clear-
ance diving equipment, survival equip-
ment, life-raft demonstrations, inter-
active first-aid demonstrations and a
careers information stand.
PTIs put children through their paces
and Port Services personnel taught knot
tying while other sailors got to work at
the face-painting stand.
An LR5 rescue submersible display
was a crowd favourite.
RHIB demonstrations in the harbour
delighted spectators and explosive ord-
nance disposal robots caught the atten-
tion of fascinated onlookers.
Navy chefs participated in a seafood
cook-off, while the Navy Band was a hit
CO Stirling CAPT Brett Wolski said
the day was a success and a great way
for Navy to strengthen the bond shared
with the wider maritime community.
"There has always been a great fel-
lowship between civilian seafarers and
Navy, and this event proved the rela-
tionship is particularly strong here in
Western Australia, which benefits all of
us," CAPT Wolski said.
"Celebrate Maritime Day was also a
great opportunity for my crew to interact
with the public, who have always been
incredibly supportive of us in this State."
Celebrate Maritime Day is an annual
event aimed at enticing newcomers into
the maritime industries.
TOP SPEED: ABCSO David Cox, AB Travis Nicholson and AB Jessica Nicholson, of HMAS Waterhen, go in
to bat for Legacy during the 2012 Rickshaw Run in India.
All in the
Stirling fun for
visitors in Freo
FAMILY FUN: CPONPC Ondeane Wykes shows children how an alcohol
breath test works at the Celebrate Maritime Day event at Fremantle, WA.
Photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
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