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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
48 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 Traditionally the revenue streams that supported these activities came from canteen levies and income from the RAN holiday centres. These income streams have slowed over the last decade for several reasons as sailors no longer live on board which means a loss of revenue in canteens, messes and clubs. The RAN holiday centres struggle to attract sailors to the parks as they now prefer holidaying at more exotic locations. The Royal Australian Navy Central Canteens Board (RANCCB) has adopted new creative strategies to expand the range of income streams such as national canteen supplier contracts set up with large companies (Cadbury, Nestle, Schweppes etc). Canteens can tap into these contracts to save money and the RANCCF receives rebates from the suppliers which is redirected back to sailors in the form of grants. Two years ago the idea of starting a Raffle to raise funds was discussed at one of the RANCCB Board meetings. The proposal was to investigate the Royal Navy's "Sports Lottery" model to see if it could be adapted for our purposes. The Sports Lottery raises around $1.6 million annually for the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines sport. The end result after two years of jumping through red tape hoops and obtaining endorsement from the Chief of Navy, the "Win with Navy" raffle was ready for launch. The concept is very simple, buy tickets by making out an allotment and have a chance to win $5,000 tax free. The tickets cost $2 each and the maximum spend per fortnight is limited to $10 per person. The first few months The first ever raffle draw attracted 2349 participants; the majority of whom had signed up to receive six entries into the raffle at a cost of $10 per pay. The draw was held in Fleet Headquarters and presided over by the Fleet Commander, RADM S. Gilmore AM, CSC, RAN. The first $5,000 was claimed by a very happy Warrant Officer. At the time of writing $35,000 has been handed out to Officers and Sailors of nearly every rank and from a wide range of ships and establishments. There are plans for bigger, better and more prizes when the number of participants grows. The old saying "The more the merrier" rings true here, we need a large proportion of the Navy to sign on to the raffle in order to achieve a good income. The bigger the revenue stream for the RANCCF the more money will be available for ships funds, sailor's recreational facilities and products and Navy sport. So, where does this money go? The first proceeds from the raffle have already been distributed to Navy personnel in the form of cash payments to ships/boats/crews deployed away from home over the 2009/2010 holiday period. HMAS Stuart (CMDR A. Masters) has used their cash donation to purchase cruise books and DVDs for the crew. The 25 person strong CTF 150 OP SLIPPER team (CDRE R. Menhinick) presently working in the MEAO, have utilised the funds in a variety of ways. These include the purchase of a Christmas tree with decorations, cricket gear and a trophy to challenge the UK in a Boxing Day test and the purchase of Australiana goodies for the Australia Day function attended by representatives from more than 15 countries. Ardent 5 (LCDR A. Allen) in HMAS Launceston purchased multi-media players to hook up to the boat's televisions. The other six recipients also used the money to provide some extra "cheer" for their crews over the festive season. The RANCCB has decided that proceeds from the raffle would be returned to the fleet in this order of priority: 1. Ship's funds 2. Establishments (projects and funds) 3. Recreational facilities at sea and ashore 4. Navy team sports 5. Individuals participating in Navy sanctioned sporting events 6. Assorted grants and loans What can you do to help? If you're enrolled in the raffle, you are already helping us to help you. All we ask is that you spread the word and ask others to join this wonderful initiative. Not only will you have a chance to win $5,000 every payday (bigger and better prizes are planned once we get more "Buy in") but you'll be contributing to the betterment of your future in the RAN and beyond. The tickets are only $2 each and if you subscribe for the maximum amount of $10 per pay day you'll receive a bonus entry into the draw. Entry into the Win with Navy Raffle is only open to permanent and Continues Full Time Service Navy personnel. You must be over the age of 18 to enter. More information and an application form can be found at www. winwithnavy.com.au Win with Nav y Raffle BY JAK GOULDMAN The Royal Australian Navy Central Canteens Fund (RANCCF) is tasked with providing the dollars for Relief Trust Fund Loans, Navy sporting teams, individual grants, new canteen start up funds and a whole raft of other important projects that are not funded by the Commonwealth.