HMAS Stirling’��s sobering message: Ocsober

Rider Bill Dunn sets the pace as his teammates cheer him on.
Rider Bill Dunn sets the pace as his teammates cheer him on.

HMAS Stirling hosted a 24-hour spin marathon on exercise bikes last week to help raise awareness and money for Life Education’s annual Ocsober campaign.

The campaign encourages all West Australians to get ready to ‘lose the booze’ and help Australian children during October.

Captain Angela Bond, Commanding Officer of Stirling, said the navy’s Australia-wide participation in Ocsober encouraged the workforce to consider a change to a healthier lifestyle.

“Many of our personnel are getting involved, firstly to raise awareness with regard to alcohol consumption, and secondly to raise funds for a cause which will educate the next generation to make the right decisions when it comes to drugs and alcohol,” she said.

Life Education WA chief executive officer Bernie Foley was happy to see the navy take part in Ocsober.

“We’re asking you to lose the booze in Ocsober,” Mr Foley said.

He said they were aiming to raise $700,000 to empower 700,000 children.

“That will enable us to teach them how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle by resisting participation in drug and alcohol abuse,” he said.

“Ocsober is an important opportunity to highlight the growing danger of binge drinking and alcohol abuse, particularly among young Australians.

“Participants can also enjoy other potential benefits from a month off alcohol to feel healthier and fitter, weight loss and the chance to enjoy Sunday mornings again.”

Warrant Officer Andrew Bertoncin said they enjoyed the event.

“All of our sailors and officers come from the community and anything we can do to help the community we are happy to do,” he said.