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AIR FORCE December 10, 2009
AFTER seven months' worth of
fundraising efforts, FLTLT Rebec-
ca Rogers has raised an impressive
$51,620 for the Cancer Council in
her drive for the Queensland Nurse
of the Year competition.
FLTLT Rogers, from 1
Expeditionary Health Squadron
Detachment Townsville, attend-
ed the regional and state finals in
Brisbane last month -- where she
was awarded runner-up status in the
North Queensland regional section.
"I entered the Nurse of the Year
campaign because I wanted to make
a difference in the community,"
FLTLT Rogers said.
"The community is very sup-
portive of Defence, especially in
Townsville. I wanted to give some
of my time back to the community
through fundraising and education."
The Cancer Council of
Queensland (CCQ) has been run-
ning the Nurse of the Year cam-
paign since 1971 with more than
200 nurses having taken part.
From April 1 to November 1,
the entrants are challenged to not
only raise funds but to inform and
educate the community about pre-
vention and early detection of can-
cer.FLTLT Rogers held Prevention
and Early Detection education stalls
at the Thuringowa Relay for Life,
Making the Movember cut
Above, 37SQN members CPL Michael Crummy, FLGOFF Aaron
Thompson, AC Martin Cameron and SQNLDR Alan Bowers show off
their mos for Movember at RAAF Base Richmond, where a plethora of
moustaches appeared on airmen as the base threw its support behind
the men's heath initiative to raise money for BeyondBlue and the Prostate
Cancer Foundation of Australia. Below, AC David Walker and CPL Brian
Comley from 1CCS pucker up for the cause. See Page 22 for more
Photos: LACW Casey Gaul
RAISED $51,620: FLTLT
Rebecca Rogers with some of
her fundraising friends.
By FLTLT Jaimie Abbott
THEY both set the challenge,
and now two RAAF Base Amber-
ley members know how it feels to
endure a 1000km bike ride from
Brisbane to Sydney.
44WG Detachment air traf-
fic control officer FLTLT Aaron
Doherty and 33SQN pilot FLTLT
Cameron Lyne have both accom-
plished their mission, and reaped
more than $27,000 for charity along
Over eight days in late October,
they pedalled their way through all
types of weather and terrain and
got aches and blisters in places they
didn't even know existed.
"As a man, there are certain
things you hope you never have to
do -- not long out of Coffs Harbour
my nipples were very sore from all
the rubbing on my shirt. So there I
was putting band aids on my nipples
on the side of the Pacific Highway,"
FLTLT Doherty said.
He also managed to fall off his
bike in the early days -- as he was
pulling in for a rest break at Ballina
he got a foot stuck in the pedal and
over he went.
"The pain and aches I suffered
throughout this journey are noth-
ing compared to the struggle that
depression sufferers face every day,"
Depression was the motivator
behind FLTLT Doherty's mission.
His brother suffers from the con-
dition, and he knows of other Air
Big purse for this nurse
Force members whose lives have
been touched by mental illness. The
$7100 he raised will go to Rotary
FLTLT Lyne also had a personal
motivation to raise his $20,000 for
autism. His daughter Sophie is autis-
tic. The three-year-old is unable to
talk because of the brain disorder
and there is no known cause or cure.
FLTLT Lyne raised a total of
$20,000 after a cocktail party in
Sydney at the completion of his ride.
"This will go towards the estab-
lishment of a school for children
with autism, as there are currently
only two specialist primary and high
school programs in Australia for
autistic children -- with long waiting
lists," FLTLT Lyne said.
The new school will be called
Keystone, and will provide children
with autism an appropriate setting
where their individual needs can
be met. There are plans to open the
school's doors in January 2011.
Both FLTLTs Lyne and Doherty
said they couldn't have conquered
their rides without the support of
their families, colleagues and sup-
line by proud
to Sydney to
the Defence Force Air Display at
Townsville and on Daffodil Day
and Pink Ribbon Day.
She also counselled up to 500
ADF members on prevention, early
detection and lifestyle behavioural
changes, and organised an array
of fundraising events, including
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at
seven locations around Australia;
an Army v Air Force Call to Arms
(prostate awareness) touch foot-
ball match; Daffodil Day and
Pink Ribbon Day stalls at major
Townsville shopping centres; Pink
Ribbon Day 'Bumz on Bikes'
Harley Davidson ride; a trivia night;
105km charity bike ride; and a char-
ity golf day at Willows golf course.
FLTLT Rogers also interacted
with local childcare centres and pri-
mary schools to help them become
Sun Smart, accredited by CCQ.
"My involvement with the 2009
Nurse of the Year Campaign has
been challenging, educational, moti-
vating and thoroughly rewarding,"
FLTLT Rogers said.
"I have gained a great deal
from the campaign and I know that
through my fundraising efforts and
educational activities I have been
able to make a positive difference
to the community and enhance the
image of the ADF in the local com-
"I wanted to learn more about
cancer prevention, research, treat-
ment and support of people with
"The campaign has enabled me
to learn more and pass this new-
found knowledge on to others," she
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