Air Force musicians put their instruments down and their best feet forward in a show of commitment to Melbourne’s community on April 6.
Seven members from Air Force Band took part in the 12.8km run to support the ‘Run for the Kids’ charity.
Personnel joined other runners to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Clarinettist Aircraftwoman (ACW) Ruby Lulham signed up to this community event because she felt inspired by the unit’s mental health awareness day.
“Air Force musicians are often away from homes as the band performs at over a hundred ceremonial tasks and community engagement events every year, across Australia and sometimes overseas,” ACW Lulham said.
“Being away from families and loved ones can sometimes be stressful and I find running an effective way to improve my resilience, physical health and mental fitness.
“The Air Force Band has a great relationship with the Australian community and we are honoured to represent the unit.”
Commanding Officer of Air Force Band, Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Mark Pentreath encouraged the participation of this activity by Air Force members, as well as time spent together with their families on the day.
“Military service has unique demands and the organisation actively supports its members to help them deal with such demands,” SQNLDR Pentreath said.
“During times of stress, Air Force personnel sometimes tend to wear their uniform as an armour while at work and simply get on with the job.
“It is often at home, when the uniform comes off, that families are the first to see cracks appear.
“Families and partners play an absolute vital role in supporting the wellbeing of Defence members.”