Navy brings joy to children in India

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Location(s): Chennai, India

Topic(s): HMAS Parramatta (F154), HMAS Success (OR 304), Indo-Pacific Endeavour, Community Engagement

Commanding Officer HMAS Success Captain Darren Grogan, CSC, RAN speaks with children from the disabled children's ward at the Institute for Child Health in Chennai, India during a visit by members form HMAS Ships Success and Parramatta.  (photo: Unknown)
Commanding Officer HMAS Success Captain Darren Grogan, CSC, RAN speaks with children from the disabled children's ward at the Institute for Child Health in Chennai, India during a visit by members form HMAS Ships Success and Parramatta.

Prosthetics and wheelchairs were among the items donated to children in need by Royal Australian Navy members during a visit to the disabled children’s ward at the Institute for Child Health in Chennai, India.

Through the Sukriti Social Foundation, personnel from HMA Ships Success and Parramatta, Australian consular staff and hospital employees donated quality-of-life items to the children.

Sukriti, which translates to ‘good deeds’, is a foundation that provides support to more than 150 disabled children in varying levels of paediatric care. Established in 2006, it continues to receive Australian Government support.

Chaplain Simote Finau, from HMAS Success, said the sound of fun and laughter was wonderful.

“It was very rewarding to see their smiling faces and the joy we were all able to bring to the children. It was just so special that we were also able to receive from them as they did from us,” Chaplain Finau said.

“The donated items, consisting of prosthetics and wheel chairs, will enable them to be more mobile and improve their quality of life.

“The love and care that the children receive from the many staff at the hospital was wonderful to see.”

The Australian Consulate-General, Deputy Consul General Tristan Rendall, organised the event.