Training Force delivers toys to sick kids

Published on LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Westmead Children's Hospital

Lieutenant Commander Amanda Dawe, Chief Petty Officer Amy Gale and Mrs Karren Braithwaite-Shannon (right) meet with volunteers at Westmead Children’s Hospital to deliver toys for sick children. (photo: )
Lieutenant Commander Amanda Dawe, Chief Petty Officer Amy Gale and Mrs Karren Braithwaite-Shannon (right) meet with volunteers at Westmead Children’s Hospital to deliver toys for sick children.
In the spirit of Christmas, members of Training Force Headquarters opted out of a Kris Kringle this year, providing toys for donation to Westmead Children’s hospital instead.
 
Westmead Hospital provides care for sick children aged from newborn to 17 years of age, with approximately 260 children currently under their care.
 
Chief Petty Officer Amy Gale said the hospital relied upon volunteers and community support.
 
“Much of the vital work they do in caring for sick children and their families simply would not be possible without this kindness and generosity,” she said.
 
“The example set by their volunteers inspired us to take a different tact on our Kris Kringle this year.”
 
Donations from individuals, community groups and businesses, and the enormous efforts by volunteers support the services provided by Westmead and enables the purchase of new technology to assist the hospital in providing family-focussed care.
 
Having built a long tradition of fundraising and community support, volunteers working at Westmead seek to bring smiles to the faces of children receiving treatment at this time of year.
 
The toys and gifts donated by members of Training Force Headquarters will be distributed out to the children on Christmas Day who unfortunately will spend their holidays in hospital.
 
“We hope that this small gesture will put a smile on the faces of the children and make what is a difficult time a little more enjoyable,” Chief Petty Officer Gale said.
 
The gifts were delivered to the hospital by Lieutenant Commander Renee Harmeza, Lieutenant Commander Amanda Dawe, Chief Petty Officer Amy Gale, and Mrs Karren Braithwaite-Shannon.