Support section assists women in need

Published on AB Sarah Lucinsky (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, Charities, Fundraising & Community, RAN Tactical Electronic Warfare Support Section

Members of RANTEWSS at HMAS Albatross present a cheque and care packages to Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)
Members of RANTEWSS at HMAS Albatross present a cheque and care packages to Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra.

The Royal Australian Navy Tactical Electronic Warfare Support Section (RANTEWSS) at HMAS Albatross is relatively small but members of the unit are working hard to make a difference in their community. Their enthusiastic commitment to support a local accommodation and homelessness service will assist vulnerable women and families in the Shoalhaven.

RANTEWSS personnel have "adopted" the Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI) as their Unit charity and conduct fundraising activities throughout the year to assist SAHSSI in their work supporting those affected by domestic and family violence.

RANTEWSS Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Brenton Thompson recently presented a cheque for $500 as well as $300 worth of care packages to SAHSSI Nowra Area Manager Lesley Lobka who said their organisation depended on donations such as these.

"The donation will assist SAHSSI in providing outreach services and a range of emergency and alternative accommodation solutions to women who have experienced or are at risk of violence and or homelessness," said Ms Lobka.

"The money will contribute to the operation of various crisis and transitional housing services for some of the region's most vulnerable women. The emergency care packages will be used for women and children who may have left without even basic toiletries, ensuring they have the essentials they might not have had the time or money to obtain otherwise."

Lieutenant Commander Thompson said he was proud of his unit's support for this important cause.

"Support to local charities such as SAHSSI reflects the strong commitment of the RANTEWSS team to core Navy Values and provides the perfect opportunity to engage with the local community and help out those in need. RANTEWSS has a proud history of actively supporting initiatives such as White Ribbon and it's immensely rewarding to be able to contribute to the important work SAHSSI does."

Leading Seaman Crystal Gordon of RANTEWSS said the work of SAHSSI was inspiring.

"We take so much for granted in our daily lives. When you see how something like a care package of toiletries can make such a big difference it changes your perspective. It goes to show a little really does go a long way and I'm very pleased to be part of a team that's committed to improving the lives of others in difficult circumstances."