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LAKE FUN RUN SUNDAY
Defence cadets suit-up for big Santa run
Mhanda and Ryan Vanengelen, and their son Jett, 1, will participate in the Canberra Variety Santa Fun Run on
the shore of Lake Burley Griffin with a squadron of Australian Defence Force academy cadets.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Scores of Santas are set to race around
Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday as part
of the annual fun run raising money for
children's charity Variety.
Dressed in festive hats, suits and
hirsute beards, hundreds of people are
expected to gather for the event.
Around 160 Australian Defence
Force Academy cadets will take part in
the run for the first time, encouraged
by Delta Squadron commanding
officer Mhanda van Engelen.
Mhanda, her husband, Ryan, and
one-year-old son Jett will be taking
part in the event.
Jett's unexpected arrival prevented
Mhanda from taking part last year but
she is looking forward to participating
alongside her son, who will be adorned
in his own tiny santa outfit.
"I'm bringing 160 of my cadets
down this year," she said.
"I care about raising money for
charity and doing good in the
community, so throughout the year
we've done a number of different
projects, whether it's been raising
money or simply volunteering."
The defence personnel are leaving
the bulk of their fund-raising efforts to
just before the event.
This group is hosting a private
concert on Friday, which is expected to
raise thousands of dollars to be put
towards the Variety cause.
Variety is a national not-for-profit
organisation which aims to empower
sick, disadvantaged or special needs
children to gain mobility, self-esteem
Mhanda said the cause hit home as
two of her staff had children with
They're lucky they are in a
position to earn a good wage . . . but
they also mention how heartbreaking it
is when they see other children whose
parents cant give them the same level
of [financial] support,'' she said.
Mhanda said she was pleased her
cadets get great satisfaction out of
volunteering and fundraising.
"Every time the cadets volunteer,
they come back and say how awesome
it was . . . it's fantastic to see how great
they feel when they volunteer their
time and see the benefits at the other
end as well," Mhanda said.
Register for the fun run at
The race will begin at 8.30am from
Police out in
force at formals
Behind the blue line
ACT Policing has warned students
celebrating end-of-year school formals
to behave responsibly or face the full
force of the law.
Thousands of students across the
ACT are currently celebrating the end
of their high school or college life.
Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod
Anderson said while police were not
against students having a good time,
anti-social behaviour wouldn't be
We encourage everyone to have a
good time but police along with the
community won't tolerate anti-social
behaviour or unsafe driving
practices,'' Sergeant Anderson said.
"If students or anyone dropping
them off at a formal want to do a
burnout or drive in a dangerous way,
police will be out in force and we will
not hesitate in seizing vehicles.
"In recent years the behaviour of
students has been good and we want
that trend to continue."
Under section 5 of the Road
Transport (Safety and Traffic
Management) Act 1999, police may
seize vehicles for offences of street
racing, speed trials, burnouts and
Students who commit an offence
could have their cars impounded for up
to 90 days, meaning some mightn't see
them again until February 2015,"
Sergeant Anderson said.
Police remind of the offence of
supplying alcohol to minors and
encourage parents and guardians to be
aware of their teenager's plans for their
formal night, when they will be home,
and how to get in contact with them.
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