HQ Northern Command’s Bigger Morning Tea

25 June 2013
by
LEUT Andrew Ragless
Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, Able Seaman Tiffany White and Commander Northern Command Air Commodore Ken Watson at Headquarters Northern Command in Darwin enjoy a brew to raise money for the Cancer Council.
Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, Able Seaman Tiffany White and Commander Northern Command Air Commodore Ken Watson at Headquarters Northern Command in Darwin enjoy a brew to raise money for the Cancer Council.

A fierce family rivalry has lead to the Headquarters Northern Command raising more than $650 for the Cancer Council in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser last month.

In a sibling stand-off, Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Tiffany White of Headquarters Northern Command (NORCOM) competed against her little sister Seaman Stores Naval Fiona White of HMAS Penguin to raise the larger sum of $655 for the charity.

Tiffany, the third in a line of 11 siblings, said she wanted to raise not only money, but awareness that the Cancer Council are there to help those affected by cancer.

“We lost our father to cancer three years ago and it was a tough time for mum and the rest of the family” she said.

“Almost every Australian is affected by cancer in some way and I hope people learn that the Cancer Council is there to help and support them”

The NORCOM mornos was the first work-place fundraiser for Tiffany, and her home made sausage rolls attracted some of the military’s top brass including the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO, conveniently in the headquarters for the day on official business.

As well as the sausage rolls, home made lemon and coconut slice, chocolate slice and chocolate tart were all provided by Tiffany, along with cup cakes, sponge cake and scones with jam and cream made by other headquarters staff.

NORCOM is home to approximately 90 Navy, Army and Air Force personnel who, under Joint Task Force 639, coordinate maritime surveillance and response to 10 per cent of the world’s surface, 365 days a year, as part of Operation RESOLUTE.

Tiffany will gladly share the recipe for her lemon and coconut slice, but the recipe for the sausage rolls is a closely guarded family secret.