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October 27, 2011
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FLOOD victims in the Kerang area of
north-western Victoria are $4500 bet-
ter off thanks to the generosity of per-
sonnel and units at RAAF Base Wil-
Townships across the area were
devastated in January by severe flood-
ing caused by torrential rains.
As part of the flood relief activi-
ties, the ADF provided more than 250
full-time and reserve military person-
nel and a number of Defence land and
Fast forward to the long weekend
of October 7-9, and in a show of sup-
port to the communities of the flood-
affected areas, the Australian Army
Band Melbourne performed three
concerts at Swan Hill, Robinvale and
Hundreds turned out to enjoy the
At the Kerang concert on
October 9, Director-General
Strategy Planning AIRCDRE Mike
Bennett presented a cheque for
$4500 to the Red Cross Disaster and
Relief Fund. The donations were
a result of the fundraising efforts
at Williamtown, which raised an
The remainder of the funds will be
provided to the Queensland Premier's
Flood Relief Appeal and Queensland
Royal Society for the Protection of
Cruelty to Animals.
Fundraising activities at the base
included raffles at 77SQN Aircraft
Section and 81WG Avionics and
Aircraft Section, which raised more
than $1000 and $1800 respectively.
3SQN personnel donated a gold
coin in exchange for dressing in
civilian clothing and, combined with
a barbecue and collection, raised
more than $700.
Headquarters Surveillance and
Response Group coordinated a
base-wide collection, which raised
more than $4000, while the Ground
Systems Program Office organised a
number of activities including char-
ity auctions, bowls nights, barbecues,
personal donations, workplace dares
and a raffle. These activities raised a
AIRCDRE Bennett said it was
very rewarding to be able to support
disaster-affected Australian communi-
ties in so many ways.
"It was extremely satisfying for
our Air Force people to be able to pro-
vide such fast and effective disaster
relief to affected Victorian communi-
ties immediately after the Queensland
floods and while maintaining overseas
operations," AIRCDRE Bennett said.
"It's one thing for the ADF to pro-
vide immediate relief, but this fund-
raising shows that the dedicated men
and women involved don't forget
about those who have been affected
after the initial job is done."
Gold coin donations at the con-
certs netted another $1500 for the Red
a cheque for
in Victoria in
Photos: LS Paul
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