Navy squadron helps out Shoalhaven charity

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

Location(s): Nowra, NSW

Topic(s): 816 Squadron, Charities, Fundraising & Community

Members from 816 Squadron and Staff from Noah's Ark, Nowra. (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)
Members from 816 Squadron and Staff from Noah's Ark, Nowra.

816 Squadron personnel are more often seen behind the controls of a Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter than a whipper snipper, but the crew took up not only snippers but secateurs, rakes and high pressure hoses with enthusiasm when they signed up for a clean up day at their adopted charity Noah’s Shoalhaven.

Noah’s Shoalhaven is a not for profit, children’s charity which provides high quality, caring and culturally sensitive early education and therapy services for young children with additional needs, their families and carers who live in the Shoalhaven, Jervis Bay Territory and Gerringong/Gerroa areas.

Executive Officer 816 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Stuart Bailey, RAN helps out during a working bee at Noah's Ark, Nowra.

Executive Officer 816 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Stuart Bailey, RAN helps out during a working bee at Noah's Ark, Nowra.

816 Squadron have a long standing relationship with Noah's, engaging with the children in a range of activities every year and also assisting with general school maintenance with an annual working bee.

Cindy Griffith of Noah's described the Royal Australian Navy team as “little treasures.”

“They came in here, looked at the state of our garden and just took it all on.

“They went ballistic on the hedges. Stuart Bailey was like an Edward Scissorhands with his hedge trimmer and it all looks amazing now, totally transformed.

“We really appreciate it especially since we’re a charity and we can’t afford that kind of maintenance. 816 are total legends.”

816 Squadron Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Stuart Bailey, said the Squadron was always happy to help out.

“We get a lot out of our association with Noah’s. Squadron personnel post in and out but that relationship with the Centre remains and it’s a long standing one.

“It’s also an association we get a lot of satisfaction out of. Whether we’re hosting the children at the Squadron for a barbecue, sprucing up the paintwork or just pulling out some weeds, we know that it’s helping the Centre and we’re pleased to assist in anyway we can.”

L-R: Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Avionics Amber Ross; Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft (ABATA) Khai Nguyen; and ABATA Dale Parry from 816 Squadron, HMAS Albatross, help out during a working bee at Noah's Ark, Nowra.

L-R: Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Avionics Amber Ross; Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft (ABATA) Khai Nguyen; and ABATA Dale Parry from 816 Squadron, HMAS Albatross, help out during a working bee at Noah's Ark, Nowra.