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.