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Army September 1, 2011
By Eamon Hamilton
POLICE are challenging Defence members to a
race on September 24.
The track is only 10m, but there's a handicap -- a
47-tonne Hercules transport aircraft, which teams of
20 people must pull by rope.
The 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull
will raise money for Special Olympics to support
intellectually disabled athletes.
Last year, Defence, law enforcement and
emergency services teams from around NSW
raised $20,000 in the competition at RAAF Base
NSW Police Public Order and Riot Squad took
the grand trophy when it hauled the Hercules in
NSW Police Detective Superintendent Scott
Whyte encouraged Defence teams to face the chal-
lenge from law enforcement counterparts and partici-
pate in the Plane Pull.
"Last year's event was great fun for all those
involved, giving people the rare opportunity to pull a
Hercules by rope," he said.
"We had more than 500 people support or partici-
pate in the Plane Pull at Richmond last year, and we
want to make this year even bigger.
"A team from RAAF Base Richmond's 37 Sqn
has already registered for 2011, and we welcome
other Defence teams that want to participate."
Each team must have 20 people including at least
three women. Registration costs $1000 a team and
members are free to seek sponsorship as they see fit.
For more information, including video of last year's event, go to
set to haul
By LCpl Mark Doran
OPPORTUNITIES to cycle and
raise money for people with epi-
lepsy and help disadvantaged
Australian children were too
good to pass up for Victoria's
Cpl Michael Devrell, 4CSSB.
A member of the Australian
Defence Cycling Club, Cpl
Devrell is fundraising by enter-
ing the Ride 4 Epilepsy -- a six-
hour bike ride for the Epilepsy
Foundation of Victoria -- and
210km cycle for the Smith Family.
Cycling has been a passion
most of Cpl Devrell's life, from
being a paper boy and riding
to school. He entered the Great
Victorian bike ride in 2002, which
led to racing events.
He is back into bike racing
after a partial knee replacement
on his left knee after years of suf-
fering from degenerative osteo-
Cpl Devrell said his wife of 23
years, Margaret, suffered epilepsy
because of operations she had as
"I decided this year to help
raise awareness of epilepsy
throughout the ADF and show the
illness is not contagious," he said.
"We have become a little
too comfortable at times about
Margaret's condition as it is just a
part of our everyday life. Epilepsy
is not a condition to be scared of,
but it is scary when you see some-
one have a fit if you have not seen
a seizure before."
In May, Margaret suffered an
epileptic seizure while having a
shower; when she fell she knocked
the cold water tap off and was
scalded by the hot water while she
Cpl Devrell said he had already
left for work when the accident
happened and when Margaret rang
him he went back home where
he found her dressing to continue
with her day.
"I think Margaret was sorer
than she realised, so I got her back
into the shower under cold water
and rang the ambulance to take her
to hospital," he said.
"She then spent the next three
and a half weeks in hospital and
required two skin grafts."
Cpl Devrell hopes to raise at
least $500 in the Ride 4 Epilepsy
on September 25 at Sandown Park
raceway. He'll then aim to raise
$1000 in the 2011 Around the Bay
in a Day for The Smith Family
on October 16, which is an ulti-
mate one-day challenge, taking
thousands of cyclists around Port
For more information and to sponsor Cpl
Devrell in the events, go to//www.every-
Ride for a reason
Two wheels: Cpl Michael Devrell approaches the finish line of a
race with Footscray Cycle Club and, inset, catches up with his wife,
Margaret, after the event.
Photo by Les Hopper Blue Lighting Photography
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