Royal Australian Navy

10/18/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/17/2020 19:07

Physical Trainers take on burpee challenge for cancer charity

HMAS Kuttabul Physical Training Instructors have agreed to undergo some short term pain for longer term gain in a burpee challenge to aid the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation.

As part of the Foundation's burpee fitness challenge, the Physical Training Instructors (PTI) will have to do one burpee for every dollar pledged either online or at the Kuttabul gymnasium throughout October.

The burpee challenge came about this year because COVID-19 restrictions meant the Foundation was unable to hold its annual fundraising events.

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Jessica Fisher said she expected many personnel would relish the idea of PTIs doing the dreaded exercises for a good cause.

'It's a good initiative that other teams can also get behind and as PTIs we're happy to support it.

'My mother survived breast cancer so this is a cause that is very close to my heart,' Leading Seaman Fisher said.

The PTIs plan to conduct their burpees over one day at the beginning of November, and possibly over two days if they raise more than $1000.

Command Warrant Officer Mark Donlan, who has been associated with the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation (SBCF) for over 10 years, said HMAS Kuttabul and ADF members in Sydney have been strong supporters of SBCF events over many years.

'Like most charity organisations the Foundation has significant financial commitments to meet including the provision of breast care nurses, SBCF surgical fellows, research and support for breast cancer patients,' Command Warrant Officer Donlan said.

'Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 restrictions this year the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation was unable to hold its annual signature fundraising events, such as the Rugby Long Lunch and Ladies Luncheon.'

The Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation has launched its online fundraising initiative for October in line with Breast Cancer awareness month and aims to raise both awareness across the community and much needed funds throughout October.

Any other workplaces that wish to participate in the burpee challenge can sign up at