Canberra cares for kids

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

NSW Kids in Need founder Peter Debnam (L), spokesperson for Muscular Dystrophy NSW, 16-year-old Scott Green (C) and HMAS Canberra Commander Logistics, Commander Ben Macdonald (R) on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra for the 2016 NSW Kids in Need open day media launch. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)
NSW Kids in Need founder Peter Debnam (L), spokesperson for Muscular Dystrophy NSW, 16-year-old Scott Green (C) and HMAS Canberra Commander Logistics, Commander Ben Macdonald (R) on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra for the 2016 NSW Kids in Need open day media launch.

Two thousand people will have the opportunity to tour HMAS Canberra and help raise funds for charity while the warship is alongside in Sydney on Saturday, 21 May.
 
One of the Navy’s newest and largest ships, Canberra is one of 50 locations, either iconic to Sydney or not usually accessible to the public, opened for tours in support of the Kids in Need charity.
 
At the media launch today, students from Plunkett Street Public School, Woolloomooloo were given a preview tour. 
 
The children were excited to see their suburb from the 10-storey high flight deck and to see where sailors live and work while at sea.  
 
Executive Officer Canberra, Commander Jason Hunter said the ship was delighted to support such a worthwhile cause.
 
“Kids in Need does important work raising money for six smaller children’s charities. We are pleased to help them,” Commander Hunter said.
 
“While we have welcomed aboard members of the Hobart and Townsville communities in the past, this is the first open ship for a Canberaa class amphibious ship in New South Wales. 
 
“The crew is very proud of the ship, which is capable of carrying out a variety of roles, including complex amphibious operations. We are also designed to conduct large scale humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, our first of which was to support Fiji after Tropical Cyclone Winston hit the nation earlier this year,” Commander Hunter said.
 
NSW Kids in Need is a ‘super charity’ that gives extra fundraising firepower to smaller children’s charities, including Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice, Central Coast Kids in Need, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia, Muscular Dystrophy NSW, SHINE For Kids and The Burns Unit at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.
 
Other locations open to the public include RAAF Base Richmond and 27 fire stations around Sydney and regional NSW.
 
Time allocated tickets for the HMAS Canberra open day go on sale Saturday, 7 May at http://www.ticketebo.com.au/nsw-kids-in-need/royal-australian-navy-nsw-kids-in-need-open-house-fundraiser-2016.html