HMAS Cerberus gives winter warmers

Published on ABIS Cassie McBride (author and photographer)

Location(s): Melbourne, VIC

From left, Seaman Star Anna Moxham and Seaman Star Bradley Burt hand donations of blankets and clothing from HMAS Cerberus families to Father Bob McGuire and the Father Bob McGuire Foundation Outreach Director Daryl Lynch at Albert Park, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)
From left, Seaman Star Anna Moxham and Seaman Star Bradley Burt hand donations of blankets and clothing from HMAS Cerberus families to Father Bob McGuire and the Father Bob McGuire Foundation Outreach Director Daryl Lynch at Albert Park, Victoria.

Members of HMAS Cerberus came to a call of action recently to help out The Father Bob McGuire Foundation, in Melbourne.
 
The Father Bob McGuire Foundation was established in 2003 to help feed the hungry and help the homeless. Their mission is to provide material, emotional and social support to members of the Melbourne community.
 
This year The Father Bob McGuire Foundation put out a call on social media to rally the help of the community to donate blankets and winter clothes to those in need to get through the Melbourne winter season.
 
Cerberus's Ship's Warrant Officer, Brendan Woodsell saw the call on Twitter.
 
"I thought it would be good for Cerberus to get involved and help out Melbourne's homeless.
 
"We have collected over 70 blankets and winter clothing, it was a great effort put in by Cerberus and Navy families in a 10 day time frame," Warrant Officer Woodsell said.
 
On 15 of July, members from Cerberus arrived at The Father Bob Foundation Headquarters in Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria. They were met by Father Bob and his team to help unload donations.

From left, volunteer Charly Williams, Seaman Star Anna Moxham, Father Bob McGuire, HMAS Cerberus Ships Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Brendan Woodsell, OAM, the Father Bob McGuire Foundation Outreach Director, Daryl Lynch and Seaman Star Bradley Burt in front of the Foundation Headquarters at Albert Park, Victoria.

From left, volunteer Charly Williams, Seaman Star Anna Moxham, Father Bob McGuire, HMAS Cerberus Ships Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Brendan Woodsell, OAM, the Father Bob McGuire Foundation Outreach Director, Daryl Lynch and Seaman Star Bradley Burt in front of the Foundation Headquarters at Albert Park, Victoria.


Seaman Star Anna Moxham said it is really good that Navy and Cerberus support such worthy causes.
 
"It's wonderful to know that I am a part of such an admirable organisation."
 
Seaman Star Bradley Burt agreed.
 
"I think it's great to know that there are so many sailors and their families willing to help out, donate and give to the communities they are a part of to increase the quality of life of those less fortunate," he said.
 
The foundation has received thousands of donations this year since their appeal.
 
Father Bob thanked Navy for their contribution .
 
"I like it because for me it's carrying on a family tradition as my father was a sailor.
 
"What we do here is about care, communication and concern. The Navy understands that, and that helping with the basic needs like warmth in winter must be addressed first.
 
"Navy have that deep sense of community and they understand how important caring for those in need is. Well done," he said.
 
The blankets donated by Cerberus will now go to The Father Bob Foundation warehouse in South Melbourne where they will be sorted and then distributed by street teams.
 
Warrant Officer Woodsell said he is proud of his base and their Navy families.
 
"We have really good people who are willing to give what they can for those less fortunate, it's a great show of our Navy Values," he said.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20142069.