Submarine Force lends a hand

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Location(s): Dudley Park, WA

Topic(s): Submarine Force

Mrs Margaret McDonald in her new 'gopher' mobility scooter, presented by Mr Steve Danaher of Legacy in cooperation with members of the Royal Australian Navy, from left, Commander Tony Ashley, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Ashleigh Egan, Submarine Force Command Warrant Officer Justin Moore, Submarine Force Chaplain Franco Siani and Able Seaman Acoustic Warfare Submarines Analyst Kelly Thomson, at Amana Living - Wearne House in Dudley Park, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Mrs Margaret McDonald in her new 'gopher' mobility scooter, presented by Mr Steve Danaher of Legacy in cooperation with members of the Royal Australian Navy, from left, Commander Tony Ashley, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Ashleigh Egan, Submarine Force Command Warrant Officer Justin Moore, Submarine Force Chaplain Franco Siani and Able Seaman Acoustic Warfare Submarines Analyst Kelly Thomson, at Amana Living - Wearne House in Dudley Park, Western Australia.

Navy’s Submarine Force have joined Perth Legacy to assist with the presentation of a war widow’s new mobility scooter.

Mrs Margaret McDonald’s husband Alex served in New Guinea during World War II with the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit and passed away in 2007. She took delivery of the new ‘Gopher’ mobility scooter at Dudley Park, Western Australia - the culmination of an effort by the Mandurah/Murray Laurel Club and Legacy Australia.

Submarine Force Staff Officer, Commander Tony Ashley said Navy’s bond with Legacy was important.

“These opportunities promote the ongoing relationship between current members of the ADF and the families of those who have served our country.

“Navy is always keen to assist with the exceptional work Legacy does in providing services to Australian families,” Commander Ashley said.

The original request for the scooter came during a Mandurah/Murray Laurel Club monthly meeting where Mrs McDonald asked for assistance through Perth Legacy. The Laurel Club is a self-help group of legacy widows who regularly socialise and support each other.

Legacy currently cares for around 65,000 widows/widowers and 1800 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia.

The Submarine Force has close ties with Perth Legacy and regularly assists the organisation in a variety of ways, ensuring a high quality of life for the families of those who have served.