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Army August 19, 2010
By Leonie Gall
IF LAUGHTER is the best medicine,
then major healing took place earlier
this month in Brisbane when hun-
dreds enjoyed an evening of good
humour to raise money for a worthy
More than 800 Defence members
and corporate guests came together
at the Brisbane Convention and
Exhibition Centre on August 7, to
enjoy some wining, dining and danc-
ing at the Defence Charity Ball, raising
important funds for Legacy.
Funny-man Vince Sorrenti treated
guests to an entertaining evening as
MC and got up to all sorts of mischief,
while ex-Australian Idol winner Kate
Dearaugo gave a show-stopping per-
formance with the Army and Navy
Sorrenti said it was his pleasure to
be involved with this event.
"No one supports the freedoms and
liberties of this great country as much
as me and as a comic, the ability to
speak my mind and live my life openly
is sacred to me," Mr Sorrenti said.
"The ADF protects not only our
borders, but these values -- in any part
of the world they can be threatened.
"Through Legacy we can acknowl-
edge and help the brave people who
put themselves in harm's way for the
values we hold so dear."
Recently widowed Bree Till, wife
of fallen digger Sgt Brett Till, who
died in Afghanistan on March 19 last
year, gave a heart-warming address to
Mrs Till talked about the difficulties
of coping with the loss of a husband
and father while dealing with a new-
born baby and spoke of the support
she received from friends, family and
Festivities were briefly paused
for an important cross to Afghanistan
where CO MTF 1 Lt-Col Mark
Jennings spoke of the importance of
He assured soldiers that if an inci-
dent occurred while they were con-
ducting operations in Afghanistan,
Legacy would support their families
back home if required.
Other activities on the night includ-
ed a successful auction -- the top item
fetching about $5500 -- ADF static dis-
plays, including an ARH Tiger heli-
copter, a Navy dive tank and RAAF
The ADF Charity Ball is run by
Commander 1 Div in Brisbane, with
Legacy as the grateful beneficiary of
all funds raised.
Brisbane Legacy CEO Steven
Blinkhorn said Legacy was hoping
to receive in excess of $100,000 as a
result of the ball.
Legacy supports more than 115,000
widows and 1900 children and depend-
ants, who have lost a loved one serving
In the groove: Vince
Sorrenti surfs on the
bonnet of a PMV.
Photos by Cpl Kim Allen
On target: Pte Morgan Beames,
2CER, helps a guest shoot a
grenade stress ball.
FRONTLINE Defence Services are
encouraging Defence members to
help with the modernisation of its
products, services and stores.
A nationwide survey will be released
on September 1 to assess customer
satisfaction of Frontline among the
Australian Defence community (ADC).
Frontline spokesperson Joni Edson
said the survey would be available until
December 1, and she encouraged all
Defence customers to take 10 minutes
and get involved.
"Frontline Defence Services is proud
of their 95-year history supporting the
ADC," Ms Edson said.
"With this survey, we are calling on
all Frontline and ADC customers to pro-
vide vital information to help us shape
the products and service offerings that
are provided at their local outlet."
All Defence personnel and staff that
work on bases are being encouraged to
complete the survey. "Even if they don't
regularly visit the outlet, we need their
feedback on why they choose not to use
the Frontline or ADC outlet," Ms Edson
said.As an added incentive, all those that
participate will go into one of five draws
for a $100 Coles Myers Gift card being
drawn throughout the surveying period.
The survey will be available online
from September 1 and can be submit-
ted online at http://www.surveymonkey.
com/s/FDS or by emailing informa-
firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an
Selected outlets will also have sur-
veys in-store and local events will be
held to encourage participation.
More information on the local events can be
found on the Frontline Defence Services website
Survey on service
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