HMAS Success volunteers visit local shelter

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Location(s): Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Topic(s): HMAS Anzac (F150), HMAS Toowoomba (F156), South East Asia Deployment, HMAS Success (OR 304)

(L-R) Warrant Officer Class 2 Mathew Dabinet, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics-Supply Chain Cheryl Sutherland, Petty Officer Boatswain Jordan Bradshaw, Defence Attaché Colonel Nerolie McDonald, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Stephanie Hourigan, Seaman Maritime Logistics-Supply Chain Linda Hannah from HMAS Success, at the Thi Nghe Shelter for Orphans and Children with a Disability in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as part of the ship's South East Asia Deployment. (photo: Unknown)
(L-R) Warrant Officer Class 2 Mathew Dabinet, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics-Supply Chain Cheryl Sutherland, Petty Officer Boatswain Jordan Bradshaw, Defence Attaché Colonel Nerolie McDonald, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Stephanie Hourigan, Seaman Maritime Logistics-Supply Chain Linda Hannah from HMAS Success, at the Thi Nghe Shelter for Orphans and Children with a Disability in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as part of the ship's South East Asia Deployment.

A team of volunteers from HMAS Success have visited an orphanage during a port visit to Ho Chi Minh City.

Members of ship’s company visited the Thi Nghe Shelter for Orphans and Children with a Disability to spend time with the children.

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Kate Larsen said it was a valuable experience.

“It was so rewarding to see the joy we brought to the kids and the positive impact we had just by being with them for a few hours.

“I’ll never forget their smiling faces,” Able Seaman Larsen said.

Chaplain Andrew Thorburn was humbled by the interactions with Vietnamese at the shelter.

“I was so impressed by the love, care and commitment of the many staff.

“The kids were great fun and it was lovely when one of them sang for us.

“We had plenty of laughs together when we were invited to join in a mini dance party,” Chaplain Thorburn said.

The Thi Nghe is a large shelter that caters for over 300 orphans with a range of disabilities. Following an introduction to the work conducted at the shelter by the head of the facility, Success volunteers were given a tour and relished the opportunity to sing and play with the children.

HMA Ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success are currently deployed to South East Asia and will conduct a series of exercises and port visits with nations in the region.

Australia is committed to developing strong and positive defence relations with regional nations through dialogue and practical activities.