Toowoomba helps make life a little better for Kids in Need

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (author)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Al Kristensen shows Campbell Higgins and Matt Giddy the thermal imaging camera which makes up part of the fire fighting equipment during a tour on HMAS Toowoomba's open day. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Able Seaman Marine Technician Al Kristensen shows Campbell Higgins and Matt Giddy the thermal imaging camera which makes up part of the fire fighting equipment during a tour on HMAS Toowoomba's open day.

As one of 55 'open house' locations across Sydney on 30 May, 500 members of the public were welcomed aboard Anzac class frigate, HMAS Toowoomba, for 'super-charity' - NSW Kids in Need.

Toowoomba's contribution helped to raise thousands of dollars for six children’s charities supported by the group.

Commanding Officer Toowoomba Commander Cath Hayes said the ship was pleased to be able to support the worthwhile cause.

Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Luke Szysz shows Carl Hendy where the Principle Warfare Officer sits in the Operations Room onboard HMAS Toowoomba during the open day in Sydney.

Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Luke Szysz shows Carl Hendy where the Principle Warfare Officer sits in the Operations Room onboard HMAS Toowoomba during the open day in Sydney.

“By opening our gangway we give the community a chance to understand a little more about what Navy does, while we are at sea," Commander Hayes said.

"To do this in support of a charity like NSW Kids in Need is even better." 

NSW Kids in Need Chairman, Peter Debnam, said the day was about thousands of NSW residents, supporting thousands of kids.

“Today we’ve had thousands of people in NSW donating and volunteering their time.

“This is the first year that we’ve run the open day and it has worked brilliantly.  

"Everyone we’ve approached - including the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and NSW Fire and Rescue have been so enthusiastic.  

"As a result we’ve ended up with 55 venues across NSW, thousands of people going through them, helping thousands of kids,” Mr Debnam said.

NSW Kids In Need support Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice at Manly, Central Coast Kids in Need, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards - Australia, Muscular Dystrophy NSW, SHINE for Kids and The Burns Uni at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

Donations can be made at https://nswkidsinneed.org.au/events/venue/royal-australian-navy/