Army camel mascots become City Ambassadors

PHOTO: Presentation of the Ambassador Sashes to Vern and Penny
. Mayor Paul Pisasale
. Cr David Pahlke
. Grp Capt Michael Paterson
. Maj. Jim Matchett
. Their two handlers

The Australian Army used camels for transport in WW1 and despite being superseded by more modern modes of travel, have not been forgotten. The camel was first adopted as an army mascot in the 1970s by 9FSB

Vernon & Penny make regular appearances at school fetes and other defence force promotional events. In return Vern and Penny receive a good home at the RAAF base with plenty of food, a regular walk and more tender loving care than your average camel would receive

The presentation of was part of the 2nd annual Armed Forces Fun Day in partnership with the Defence Community Organisation. The day provides an opportunity for Defence Families to engage and meet members of the Ipswich Community, and a diverse range of service providers, and for members of the Ipswich community to learn more about the Defence Community.

Particular activities and highlights during the day included:
Ipswich I-150 Birthday Cake
Entertainment by three bands including West Moreton

Anglican College, Jazz Effects, and RAAF Amberley Band
Free Children’s Rides
Face Painting and ‘Life.Be In It’ Games
Defence Displays
Food and drink stalls
Free BBQ
Camel Rides

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