Working Together for the Community

March started off slowly for the ISS-RAFCRL Partnership, however things changed with the Health & Well Being event held at RAF Marham on 14th March.

A joint venture for ISS, Community Support Squadron including Physical Education Flight, Dental Section & Regional Medical Centre, all ably assisted by Padre Jones, Chf Tech Stef Poole & DJ “Paddy” Palfreyman. The event was publicized as something different to the annual event that RAF Personnel have become used to. Commencing at 7pm, being held in The Grafton Club with the working title of “Pump It Up” and all followed by a Disco! The evening had something from every Health & Well Being angle. The CRL partnership provided various flavours of Smoothie, and the live healthy cooking, performed by LAC Michael Salmon using an induction cooker and Wok, his production of Stir Fried Chicken & Vegetables was greatly appreciated by those that attended.

The Dental section produced a large display concentrating on the effects of smoking on dental hygiene, complimented by the regional Medical Centre who displayed the effects of smoking on health, this was supported by literature provided be the British Heart Foundation. Most people attending completed the BHF, Quiz and the winner Michelle Morano received a basket of fruit. Collecting on the night and the buying of badges and key rings is raising money for the BHF, this is continuing in the Regional Medical Centre who have kindly displayed the literature provided by the BHF in their reception and waiting room area.

Interactive events of the evening followed a display of power-lifting by Tough-Talk, with members of the audience seeing how much they could bench press. This was further enhanced by Sgt Ann Thomas of the Safety Equipment section at RAF Marham who is herself a World Champion power & weight lifter and happily engaged with the audience giving her advice on exercise, diet and lifestyle to become a world champion.

A thoroughly enjoyable Question of Sport presented by the Physical Education Flight saw the victorious team win a large basket of fruit. The evening was rounded off with a disco and many comments on how successful the jointly organised event had been.

Sports Relief “kicked-off” with a well attended quiz in Louis’ Bar which was once again won from the team from C4I, but the main event was the In-house Disco held in Louis’ Bar on Friday 23rd. Most praiseworthy event of the day must go to Mum and Daughter team of Den and Bekki McLean, the manager and supervisor of Louis’/The Grafton Club. Handcuffed to each other throughout the day (and night) they raised over £1,600, through sponsorship, Sports Relief Sweepstakes a bucket collection and most impressively donating a day’s wage each.

Further improvements to enhance The Grafton Club & Louis’ Bar continue, the Gazebo has been erected, with the addition of more garden furniture, the projector and all accessories have been installed and new furniture and wall decorations have arrived. These will all be in place for the All Ranks Diamond Jubilee function to be held in the Grafton Club on May 10th, a date for everyone’s diary with a disco and live band.

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