The crew of HMAS Success have been preparing to sail for the upcoming exercises, but still managed to find time to raise funds for their primary charity, RSL DefenceCare.
Members from Success assisted selling Anzac Day badges at Martin Place, Sydney Airport, and at National Rugby League fixtures.
They also had members of ship’s company take part in a swim for the Sydney Harbour Splash and surpassed their goal raising $800 for RSL DefenceCare.
The charity helps current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families in times of injury, illness or crisis, as well as to promote the support of veterans amongst the wider Australian community.
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Sarah Burton was heavily involved in the fundraising efforts, selling badges in Martin Place as well as swimming 1 kilometre in the Sydney Harbour Splash.
“It’s been great to support an organisation that helps fellow defence members when they need it most. It’s comforting to know there are people willing to help if need be,” she said.
Two of Success’ newest members, Midshipmen Philip Kingsland and Rhys Sheehan had no hesitation to volunteer.
“Hard times can touch us all, whether it is to ourselves or those we care about, which is why I agreed to help,” Midshipman Kingsland said.
“The support that DefenceCare provides is a great example of benevolence and kindness to those fallen on hard times,” Midshipman Sheehan said.
“Volunteering to help such a worthy cause is time well spent.”
If you would like to know more about the work DefenceCare does, or to donate, please visit www.defencecare.org.au