While deployed to Bahrain with Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy personnel are raising funds for communities in Australia affected by recent bushfires.

The Kangaroo Hop Home for Charity is supporting the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Disaster Appeal.

Kangaroo Hop organiser Lieutenant Commander David Sinclair said the team was attempting to raise $10,000 through ‘the hop’ and other fundraising activities by the end of March.

“The devastation of the disaster will be ongoing for some time and we can make a difference to those in trouble back home. Every little bit can help as communities begin to recover and rebuild throughout 2020,” Lieutenant Commander Sinclair said.

He said 28 personnel would walk, run, cycle or swim the equivalent distance of their way back to Australia by the time their deployment finished.

“The distance required has been calculated based upon the need to not only reach the shores of Australia, but to assist our shipmates from Canada and New Zealand to get home first”.

Operations “Beaver Bypass” and “Kiwi Drop” will see Canadian and New Zealand members follow the most direct route from Bahrain to Halifax, Halifax to Auckland and Auckland to Sydney, giving the team a combined total of 27,022 km to travel.

“The target is about 7.5 km a day for each member to complete, which is designed to encourage the team to challenge themselves physically while doing so for a great cause,” Lieutenant Commander Sinclair said.

Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Ray Leggatt, said the whole team was eager to assist in any way possible.

“Many members within the CTF 150 team have friends and family back home who are currently living the harsh realities of this bushfire crisis,” Commodore Leggatt said.

“Communities of people are struggling and many of our serving colleagues (including those from New Zealand and Canada) are working tirelessly to assist those in need. Even though we are deployed on the other side of the globe, we are keen to assist in any way possible.”