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November 22, 2012
LEUT Katherine Mathews
NAVY members will join their ADF colleagues at
the end of this month to condemn violence against
White Ribbon Day will take place on November
25. To mark the event, a variety of activities are
planned across the nation.
In Canberra, personnel will come together on
November 23 for the ADF White Ribbon Bridge-to-
Bridge walk/run around Lake Burley Griffin.
CN VADM Ray Griggs, who is a White Ribbon
ambassador, said it was important for as many mem-
bers as possible to step out and show their support.
"Violence against women is never acceptable,"
VADM Griggs said. "Our active participation in
White Ribbon Day is a clear statement of where we
stand on this issue."
Navy actively instils in its people high ethical
standards and a clear understanding of behaviours
that are unacceptable and inappropriate.
VADM Griggs said Navy's people must have the
moral courage to not stand by and watch, but to act.
"The change starts with good men standing up and
letting the perpetrators know that violent attitudes
and behaviour towards women are never acceptable
in any circumstance," he said.
"From a whole-of-Navy perspective, we protect
our people, many of whom are women. It is a funda-
mental aspect of being in the Navy team that we look
after each other."
Both uniformed and civilian Defence members are
encouraged to take part in any activities and to wear a
white ribbon with pride.
The Canberra walk/run will begin at 12.30pm on
November 23, with participants to gather in front of
A MONTH of sobriety and
fundraising was behind
Navy's outstanding Ocsober
Across Navy, teams and
individuals raised more than
$45,500 for Life Education
-- at least $31,000 more than
Navy had four teams in
the national top 10 fundrais-
ers for Ocsober and provided
the largest corporate contri-
bution with 106 participants,
more than double last year's
HMAS Harman, led by
CN VADM Ray Griggs, was
Navy's top team, raising
more than $14,000 with the
CN the overall individual
highest fundraiser, raising
more than $5400.
"Ocsober provides a
timely reminder to all of us
to consciously consider the
role that alcohol plays in our
lives," VADM Griggs said.
HMAS Waterhen with
just three participants was the
second highest for Navy rais-
ing $6827 and HMAS Anzac
with just two participants
came in fifth with $2880.
WO-N was second high-
est individual fundrasier
with $2160 and said it was a
"We are working hard to
ensure our people enjoy the
benefits of a healthy lifestyle
and that includes the respon-
sible consumption of alcohol,
so to see so many Navy
people getting behind a good
cause is very reassuring and
tells me that we are succeed-
ing in our mission."
Stamping out violence Ocsober
SHOWING SUPPORT: LS Alex Minney, of HMAS Creswell, and CO HMAS Albatross CAPT Gordon
Andrew sign the White Ribbon Pledge.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
I swear never to commit
violence against women,
never to excuse violence
against women and never
to remain silent about
violence against women.
More information is at www.whiteribbon.org.au
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