Toowoomba team puts to work in Thailand

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Location(s): Patong, Thailand

Topic(s): HMAS Toowoomba (F156)

Members of HMAS Toowoomba pitch in to paint the local public school, Kalim School, during a visit to Phuket, Thailand. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)
Members of HMAS Toowoomba pitch in to paint the local public school, Kalim School, during a visit to Phuket, Thailand.

A team of dedicated volunteers from HMAS Toowoomba lent a hand to support a local charity and public school in Patong, during a port visit to Phuket, Thailand, recently.

The 25 personnel from HMAS Toowoomba teamed up with the local charity ‘Phuket Has Been Good To Us’ to provide skill and a little elbow grease to Kalim School in Patong.

The school staff and students were very appreciative that officers and sailors from Toowoomba took time to help with maintenance, to play games and provide a fun and memorable experience for all involved.

The HMAS Toowoomba team leader, Lieutenant Sebastian Chee, was most impressed with the hospitality of the school, the fun and enthusiasm of the students and the work achieved by his team.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to visit Thailand and provide assistance to the local community here in Patong,” Lieutenant Chee said.

Although the Toowoomba team was a little tired after a full day of hard work in the Asian heat, they had a sense of pride in the job they had completed.

The efforts of the crew were on display for all to see - not just the physical work but also the positive impact they had on the staff and students at Kalim School.

In a speech at the end of the day’s work, Lieutenant Chee thanked the school staff and students for their hospitality.

“From all the team here today, we know we have shown you how much we appreciate your hospitality and warm welcome.

“We hope that the work here today remains as a symbol of our ongoing support, not only to Kalim School but also to Thailand,” Lieutenant Chee said.

HMAS Toowoomba was visiting Phuket in Thailand as part of an East Asian deployment.

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