A group of trainee Air Force officers marked their graduation day on November 5 by collecting $1037 in donations for the Cancer Council at the front gate of RAAF Base Wagga.

The officers were from the RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training’s (RAAFSALT) Personnel Capability Officer Initial Course Session 0062.

They were overwhelmed by the generosity of RAAF Wagga Wagga members as they surpassed their target of $250.

Community relations coordinator for the Cancer Council at Wagga Wagga Christine Williams praised the team for their enthusiasm and in finding creative solutions to hold a fun, engaging, effective and COVID-19-compliant fundraiser. 

“Times are particularly tough for charities, which are unable to conduct fundraising via traditional means,” Ms Williams said.

“The team had music pumping and, even with face masks, you could tell they were sporting wide smiles. 

“They not only raised a lot of money but lifted the spirits of those they engaged with, myself included.

“Thank you to everyone who contributed.”

Course instructor Flight Lieutenant Olivia Quattrocchi echoed that sentiment.

“It is this same enthusiasm that has seen Session 0062 trainees be so successful in all aspects of their course – the future of Air Force’s personnel capability is in good hands,” she said.

Each personnel capability officer course cohort is required to undertake a fundraising activity for a local charity of their choice as part of their training. 

“This activity provides an opportunity to give back to the Wagga community that has supported RAAFSALT and RAAF Base Wagga over the years,” Flight Lieutenant Quattrocchi said.