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Craftsman : Craftsman 2011
72 RAEMECRAFTSMANWinter2011 72 This year, OJT Cell – Townville registered a team “The OJayTee’s” for a community event – Relay for Life on 14 -15 May 2011. It was organised by the QLD Cancer Council IOT raise funds for cancer survivors, remembering loved ones and to fundraise to help fight cancer. The OJayTee’s consisted of participants: SGT Gayle “Minnie Mouse” Walkom, CFN Rob “Zumba Guru” Caddy; CFN Marcus “Jack Sparrow” Moore, CFN Cameron “I can’t find my peas” Nayler, CFN Jason “Give this man some CPR” Arnold, CFN Rhys “this lap I’ll get her phone number” Jackson, CFN Jake “Sleeping is cheating” McDermott, CFN Trent “ Shares a sleeping bag with anyone” Neindorf, CFN Aaron “I didn’t make him spew” Pates, CFN Danny “Trivia Whiz” Saunders, CFN Raymond “Twiddle Dee” Wilson, CFN David “Oh Wise One” Stirling, CFN Isaac “Squid Head” Trueman, CFN Michael “joined at the hip” Vaughan and CFN Jayce “Barnacle Bill” Westerlo. We ran/crawled/walked around a sports track for 18hours as part of a relay before handing over a team “baton” to the next member. The more laps run, the more money raised depending on sponsorship from friends, family, colleagues...and hopefully the Corps Fund (hint hint). For many of the OJT’s who participated in the event this was indeed their first relay for life (some had never heard of it) and could not have asked for more perfect weather (the reason why so many of us want to remain posted in Townsville !!). The event started at 1500hrs with a walk a round the track from cancer survivors and carers, all participants were then asked to join in on the track for the opening laps of which was to be a very long walk. The relay had the most number of participants within Queensland and with the theme of the event being Disney it gave the people a chance to use their imagination and get dressed up, Pirates of the Caribbean was the main theme that come out of the OJT camp with couple of the other boys choosing other Disney movies. The night was long (and surprisingly quite chilly) but with everyone in the OJT camp taking half hour shifts walking around the track time it wasn’t too bad. A couple of boys (and gal) picked up the pace and deciding to run. There was live music all night creating an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere allowing everyone to wind down. There was a tribute held not long after the sun went down, all lights were turned off and candles were lit in the “hope” bags that had been placed around the track for those that had been lost and are still fighting cancer. A lone Bagpiper played Amazing Grace - it was a very somber moment in the night with thoughts of loved ones in the minds of the people participating. We know us RAEME folk are good but we had to admit defeat when it came to trivia. A Disney trivia quiz was held in the early hours in the morning. Even by cheating (Danny and Raymond) on google on their mobile phones, we couldn’t even win. Who the heck knows what names Prince Eric calls the Little Mermaid when he’s trying to guess her name? Even the OJT’s with kids were finding it challenging (more movie watching in own time go on !!!). Quite a few people took advantage of the gold coin donation massages that went all night by Masseurs in training. We would have paid $50 for them, but hey who’s to complain. As the sun rose on the Sunday morning there were a lot of weary faces from those that had not been to bed yet still making pace around the track. To the public’s amusement, whilst asleep, a few of the boys put CFN Arnold out on the running track for all to see. Obviously the local’s were concerned of his ‘alive or dead’ status and called the officials in to investigate. The words of the official, were and we quote “shit mate I thought you were dead.” Poor CFN Arnold didn’t think it was funny as he’d only gotten to asleep (after staying awake all night). The OJT camp was quiet with most participants getting only a couple hrs sleep through the night. With only a couple hours left for the event everyone powered on walking around the track most taking advantage of the free bacon and egg breakfast that was put on by the organisers. By the end of the event everyone from the OJT camp had put in a really good effort walking just under 600 laps walking approximately 240km in the 18hrs. We raised $603.10 (most of it being small change at the brew truck at 3CSSB!!) in total. To all that donated, thankyou for your support and we hope to do it again next year. Townsville OJT’s walk for a cure unit jottings L to R (back row): CFN’s Nayler, Pates, Saunders, Moore, Westerlo, Neindorf, Wilson. L to R (front row): Vaughan, Trueman, Jackson, SGT Walkom, CFN Arnold. MIA : CFN’s McDermott, Caddy, Stirling Nominated RAEME Mascot CFN Caddy