Melbourne takes the next step

Published on Department of Defence (author)

Location(s): Melbourne

Topic(s): Charities and Fundraising, HMAS Melbourne (F05)

Warrant Officer Steve Cheeseman, Leading Seaman Maraitime Logistics - Personnel  Matthew Murphy, and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Ryan Attwood from HMAS Melbourne were fortunate enough to travel to Melbourne to visit The Next Step. (photo: Unknown)
Warrant Officer Steve Cheeseman, Leading Seaman Maraitime Logistics - Personnel Matthew Murphy, and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Ryan Attwood from HMAS Melbourne were fortunate enough to travel to Melbourne to visit The Next Step.

It’s not every day you get to bear witness to a young man diagnosed as a quadriplegic, balance himself on his knees and commence core strength training for the first time but this is exactly what greeted three members from HMAS Melbourne when they visited the ship’s charity, The Next Step.
 
While their ship was alongside Fleet Base East receiving some tender love and care, Warrant Officer Aircrewman Steve Cheeseman, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Matthew Murphy, and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Ryan Attwood were fortunate enough to travel to the ship’s namesake city.
 
The Next Step is a not-for-profit organisation changes the lives of Australians living with spinal cord injury. 
 
Warrant Officer Cheeseman said seeing what the centre did was absolutely impressive.
 
“Witnessing the efforts of each athlete was both a privilege and a reminder as to how lucky we really are,” he said.
 
The charity offers the expertise, therapy and long term physical and psychological support that assists quality of life, as quickly as possible.
 
The founder of the organisation, Rhiannon Tracey, herself suffered a spinal injury
 
“This is my life’s passion and I am very excited that HMAS Melbourne selected The Next Step to be their ship’s charity,” she said.
 
Commanding Officer Melbourne Commander Charles Bourne said his ship’s crew could really make a difference.
 
“Supporting The Next Step allows Melbourne’s ship’s company to make a big difference to the lives of each and every person that uses the centre,” he said.
 
Melbourne 
will undertake a number of activities over the coming months to help raise much need funding for vital equipment.
 
Information on The Next Step is available at www.thenextstepsci.org.au and HMAS Melbourne at http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-melbourne-iii