Darwin digs deep on deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Members from HMAS Darwin showcase their winning items after a charity auction event held onboard HMAS Darwin for the Sir David Martin Foundation Triple Care Farm. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
Members from HMAS Darwin showcase their winning items after a charity auction event held onboard HMAS Darwin for the Sir David Martin Foundation Triple Care Farm.

Over the course of HMAS Darwin’s deployment to the Middle East, the ship’s company actively pursued a different mission; to raise funds for the Sir David Martin Foundation, the ship’s chosen charity. 
 
Rear Admiral Sir David Martin, was a long serving member of the Royal Australian Navy, and former Governor of New South Wales and his concerns over the hardships of many young Australians led to the creation of the foundation in his name.
 
The Foundation’s main aim is to support young Australians who are in crisis, or at risk, and who need encouragement, guidance and hope. To achieve this, it raises funds to support successful youth programs run by Mission Australia. 
 
Enthusiastically driving the ship’s efforts was Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Joshua Scanlon.
 
“It has been great to get involved with such an important organisation, and make a significant contribution,” Leading Seaman Scanlon said. 
 
The ship’s crew staged a number of fun challenges and events to generate funds. 
 
Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator James Gibson committed to riding 10,000 kilometres on Darwin’s exercise bikes, and received pledges from donors on and off the ship. 
 
On 29 May, he achieved the impressive goal with the ship’s company cheering him on, raising over $2,000.
 
Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator George Garoufalis ran a barber service onboard the ship raising almost $2,000.
 
In late May, an auction for items donated by a number of Australian sporting teams was held onboard. 
 
The most popular items were: a Hawthorn jumper signed by the 2015 AFL Premiership team ($2,560), a Collingwood jumper signed by the 2016 AFL Premiership team ($1,500), a NSW Blues State of Origin jersey, signed by the victorious 2014 team ($3,000), a Matilda’s soccer jersey signed by the 2015 Australian World Cup Team ($1,020), and a 2015 Kangaroos Rugby League jersey ($1,100).
 
Other items were donated by the West Coast Eagles, the Sydney Swans, the North Queensland Cowboys, the Parramatta Eels, the Cronulla Sharks, the Australian Wallabies, and North Bridge Golf Club. 

Also in the mix were an International Fleet Review Painting (2013), a King's Cup Plate and an Isle of Man motorcycle helmet that was donated by Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Cox’s parents. 
 
Some feverish bidding raised a total sum of $14,652.
 
Leading Seaman Scanlon was thrilled with the success of the campaign.
 
“I cannot give enough thanks to the sporting organisations who generously donated items for the charity auction, helping us to raise such a huge total,” he said. 
 
“Thanks to those organisations, and the support and generosity of the Darwin crew, we have raised around $22,000,” he said.
 
HMAS Darwin was deployed on Operation MANITOU, Australia’s maritime security contribution to the Middle East region.