Gunner Bear delivers big for kids ward

Members of the 8th/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, along with their “Gunner Bear” fundraising teddy bear visited the Royal Darwin Hospital today deliver the fruits of a unique and successful fundraiser they conducted late last year.

RDH Paediatric Special Care Unit received cardiac monitoring equipment from members of the artillery unit, which they bought using funds raised from the Top End community during the “Gunner Bear” fundraising event.

Last year, “Gunner Bear” saw a team of soldiers from the 8th/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, push an M2A2 artillery piece from the Cenotaph at the Darwin Esplanade to the Royal Darwin Hospital with stops along the way, including a stop at Mindil Beach for a public physical training session, Parap Markets and Casuarina Shopping Centre.

Commanding Officer of the 8th/12th Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Rob Alsworth said he was thrilled with the generous support of the Top End community who assisted in raising more than $44,000.

“This fundraiser was a fantastic opportunity to bring the community together and achieve something remarkable,” Lieutenant Colonel Alsworth said.

“We are honoured to be able to present this equipment on behalf of the community, which will directly support the children treated at the Paediatric Special Care Unit.”

The “Gunner Bear” fundraiser will be run again this year – details to be announced soon.

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