Steaming ahead with charitable donations

Navy's charity, Keeping Watch owes its very existence to the spirit and generosity of its donors and recently, Keeping Watch was the recipient of a generous donation from a group of ‘old and bold’ steamers.

The End of Steam Era Reunion – unites those who enjoy “celebrating the times and lifestyle of the technical sailors who served in steam driven warships”.

It is not surprising that many of the members are former Royal Australian Navy sailors and officers who maintain a close affiliation with Navy due to their shared experiences.

Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund manages and administers the Keeping Watch funds, and Relief Trust Fund Chair, Rear Admiral Brett Wolski, Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight and Trustee Lieutenant Commander Tristan Skousgaard were on hand to accept a cheque for $4,500 from End of Steam Era Reunion committee members ex-Warrant Officer Marine Technical Propulsion Kevin Assenheim and ex-Chief Officer Marine Technical Propulsion Allan Palmer.

Rear Admiral Wolski said the generous donation was a reflection on the family-like nature of service life.

“Keeping Watch assists serving Navy members during times of need by providing financial grants, to help with unforeseen hardship or emergencies,” he said.

“On behalf of the RANRTF and Keeping Watch I thank the organisation for the very kind donation and for identifying Keeping Watch as a charity of choice.”

Since its inception in 2013, Keeping Watch has provided over $100,000 in grants to serving Navy people to assist in a number of ongoing and emergency situations.

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WHAT DO OUR NAVY FAMILIES SAY?

  • 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.