Simple initiative shown by a sailor at Navy’s Recruit School has provided a boost to amenities at a local Salvation Army centre.
HMAS Cerberus Recruit Instructor, Leading Seaman Marine Technician Submarines Joe Piasecki recently handed over 65 cold weather sleeping bags to the staff at Salvo Care Eastern – Rosebud. The SalvoCare Eastern centre is a housing and homelessness support agency that provides accommodation to individuals and families on the Mornington Peninsula.
The sleeping bags were surplus to requirements and earmarked for disposal as Recruit School transitioned from their previous training vessel MV Seahorse Spirit to MV Sycamore. Recruit School trainees are required to complete a stint at sea as part of their initial entry training.
Leading Seaman Piasecki said he was acutely aware of the suffering that Australia’s disadvantaged population endure during the colder months, especially without appropriate bedding or a place to sleep.
“It’s our job to serve the community – as we are all part of it, and we can all be a little more compassionate.
“It’s something we as part of Navy will never have to worry about.
“No matter where we are, or how tough we are doing it, Navy will ensure we never have to sleep rough,” he said.
SalvoCare Eastern coordinator, Judy Cooper was excited and grateful to receive the sleeping bags.
“Thank you Navy, in a few days they will all be given to those who desperately need them,” she said.
With large numbers of people arriving to the centre each day seeking support, it can be difficult to provide everyone with a safe place to sleep and clean linen.
“Helping out those less fortunate than ourselves, by making a small donation of bedding that would have otherwise been disposed of, helps strengthen relationships across and beyond Navy, which connects us with others,” Leading Seaman Piasecki said.