Donations take the cake

The advent of Spring heralded an opportunity for Navy Strategic Command Headquarters personnel to roll up theirs sleeves and bake for a cause.

Navy’s Keeping Watch charity was the financial beneficiary, but with over eight dozen cupcakes baked by staff in the Canberra office, there were plenty of satisfied stomachs as well. Able Seaman Imagery Specialist Lee-Anne Mack came up with the concept of the Spring-themed bake-off and organised special guest judges to determine the winner.

 Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, reinforced the importance of the work done by Navy’s own charity, in providing assistance to serving members and their families who are suffering hardship.
“Assistance can be given often through non-refundable grants to support members of the Navy family in crisis,” he said.
“This support includes coverage of essential living expenses and medical treatment, crisis child care costs and contributions to education or retraining for Navy members, as well as scholarships for their dependants.”
Deputy Chief of Navy and Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger (Warrant Officer of the Navy) put their tastebuds to the test with specialist judging provided by Chief of Navy’s Chef, Leading Seaman Christopher Johnson.

Charity was the winner on the day with $232 raised, and Lieutenant Sarah West’s Cookie Monster cupcakes took the honours.
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  • M Bult - HMAS Hobart

    When there was an unfortunate circumstance that resulted in financial hardship for a family member, Keeping Watch was eager to help out as much as possible. My divisional staff were more than accommodating to ensure that I understood the process, and between them and the Keeping Watch team I was constantly reassured that the help my family desperately needed at the time was being organised. Keeping Watch is the light at the end of the tunnel, you just need to reach out and ask for the help.
  • D Smith - Canberra

    I cannot thank Keeping Watch for helping us in our time of need. We were struggling with living expenses after a death in the family and I found out about Keeping Watch. I'm so glad I conatcted them to see how they could help. They were amazing throughout and the money could not have come at a better time. We are now moving forward positively and looking to the future. Thank you so much.
  • R James - Canberra

    I would highly recommend Keeping Watch if you need financial help and are a Navy family. We experienced an unexpected family crisis and we were struggling to meet daily living expenses and child care costs. Keeping Watch helped us through this difficult situation with a grant and offered some very valuable advise on how to deal with the loss. If you need help, contact Keeping Watch.