HMAS Canberra opens gangway for needy kids

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

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

HMAS Canberra hosted the 2016 NSW Kids in Need open day media launch on Friday 6 June 16. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)
HMAS Canberra hosted the 2016 NSW Kids in Need open day media launch on Friday 6 June 16.

For kids like 16 year old Scott Green who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, public donations play a large role in providing him with a quality of life. It is kids like Scott, which Navy is hoping to help with HMAS Canberra’s first Sydney open day this weekend.

Scott was diagnosed with the degenerative muscle condition at four-and-a-half years of age.  He says without the generosity of people he’s never met, he wouldn’t have the quality of life he has now.

Muscular Dystrophy NSW is one of six smaller children’s charities that will benefit from the NSW Kids In Need Open Day, which Canberra is participating in Saturday 21 May.

Around two thousand Sydneysiders will have an opportunity to see Navy’s newest and largest class of ship.  

“Fundraising has been very important as my wheelchair costs around $40,000 and allows me to stand," Scott said.

“The independence it gives me is priceless.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to have had a pool hoist funded enabling me to do aqua therapy at home.

“I have also been to Muscular Dystrophy NSW Adventure Camp.  At this camp I gained the confidence to be away from my family, felt a level of acceptance I hadn’t experienced before, and importantly met kids just like me.

“I am only able to go to these camps as they are heavily subsidised by Muscular Dystrophy NSW through tireless fundraising,” Scott said.

Time allocated tickets for the open day can be booked at http://www.ticketebo.com.au/nsw-kids-in-need/royal-australian-navy-nsw-kids-in-need-open-house-fundraiser-2016.html

Canberra 
is one of 50 locations around Sydney that are either iconic or not usually accessible to the public opened in support of NSW Kids in Need.  Other locations include RAAF Air Base at Richmond and 27 fire stations around Sydney and regional NSW. The open day will also assists Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice, Central Coast Kids In Need, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia, SHINE For Kids and The Burns Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.