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Sig Barry McMahon, of
1 Sig Regt, pounds the
pavement during a 11 Okm
overnight charity relay.
Supporting men's health
Maj Kris Gardiner
MEMBERS of 1 Div/DJFHQ
opened their unit's doors to a
worthy cause in April, hosting a
'Shed Happens For Men' event at
Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera.
The group, which brings men of
all ages together to promote social
health through friendships, social
interaction and mateship, joined
members of the HQ to learn more
about the unit and Army.
Held at 1 Div/DJFHQ for the first
time, the participants viewed histori-
cal items and got up close to various
in-service weapons and equipment.
In line with the group's policy
to bring in speakers across a diverse
range of careers and interests, Col
Ian Cruickshank, of 1 Div/DJFHQ,
gave a tour and spoke at length about
his deployment as a senior mili-
tary adviser to the UN Assistance
Mission in Iraq in 2012-2013.
Event organiser Maj Tony Pearse
said the 'Shed Men' felt privileged
to see inside the walls of Gallipoli
Barracks and hear about current
"The visit provided the men
with a greater understanding of the
breadth of work done by Australia's
frontline troops, and also the work
behind the scenes of the HQ team
and other support groups,"
Maj Pearse said.
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Callan Cruickshank, of 1 Div/DJFHQ, hosts members of the 'Shed
Happens For Men' group at their recent tour of the unit in Brisbane.
"There are a number of ex-ser-
vicemen within the group, but even
they did not realise how modem
the facilities were - they left with a
sense of pride."
Maj Phillip a Vikraman, who
helped coordinate the evening, said
the enthusiasm of the group was
wonderful and made the event a
"The Shed Men immediately
gelled with staff, our culture and
history," she said.
II'" Soldiers support charity run
Maj Cameron Leckie
BRISBANE-based soldiers have
joined nearly 3700 people to increase
awareness of the impact of domestic
violence and help raise funds for a
About 100 members of 1 Sig Regt
and 1 Div/DJFHQ took part in the 2017
Darkness to Daylight Challenge on
May 3-4, joining individuals and corpo-
rate teams in running a 110km course
that followed the Brisbane River from
West End to Kangaroo Point and back.
Organised by charity 'Australia's
CEO Challenge', the event emphasised
the impact of family and domestic vio-
lence in Australian society with every
kilometre of the course recognising the
110 victims who die each year as a
Participants also joined a can-
dlelight vigil with keynote speakers,
including former Australian of the
Year Rosie Battie and Queensland
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk while,
behind the scenes, members of 1 Sig
Regt manned marshalling points and
provided logistic support.
Darkness to Daylight Challenge
coordinator Sam Murray said this
year's event exceeded expectations in
participant numbers and community
"As a small not- for-profit organisa-
tion, running an event like this is not
without its trials," Mr Murray said.
"We were just so grateful to Army
and their amazing men and women who
went above and beyond to support us
and the event in any way they could."
Following a quick group warm-
up, the soldiers joined 1500 runners to
begin the marathon effort through the
While a large number of the par-
ticipants conducted the event as a relay,
some dedicated runners, including a
number of soldiers, dug deep and com-
pleted significant individual efforts cov-
ering extraordinary distances.
Demonstrating their passion for the
cause, Sig Barry McMahon delivered
an outstanding solo effort of 70km,
while Cpls Chris Izzard and Mark
Bennett followed close behind with
each individually completing 60km.
The 2017 challenge concluded
at dawn with a 10km run and 3km
walk with, an extra 2200 people
The large turnout for the Darkness
to Daylight Challenge was replicated
in the donations raised, with more than
$140,000 collected by Australia's CEO
The money will fund programs to
continue the prevention of domestic
violence through workplace and com-
munity partnerships and awareness-
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