HMAS Darwin giving back

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): Sir David Martin Foundation, HMAS Darwin (F04), Beyond Blue

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Joshua Scanlon presents a cheque to Mr Alex Green from the Sir David Martin Foundation (photo: Unknown)
Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Joshua Scanlon presents a cheque to Mr Alex Green from the Sir David Martin Foundation

More than $36,000 was presented to worthy charities as a result of HMAS Darwin’s fundraising efforts during the frigate's recent Operation MANITOU deployment.

Representatives from Assistance Dogs Australia, Aussie Hero Quilts, Black Dog Institute and Sir David Martin Foundation and Beyond Blue were invited onboard the frigate for a cheque presentation and tour.

The ship’s company mustered on the flight deck for the presentation and listened to the charities talk about their important work.

Taylor, a Labrador Retriever, from Assistance Dogs Australia proved to be a big hit with the crew.

Dogs like Taylor are trained to help people suffering debilitating physical and metal afflictions, including post-tramatic stress disorder.

Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, said he was proud of the crew's efforts to help others.

“The enterprising effort of a few sailors has resulted in a substantial contribution towards some very worthy organisations from a relatively small pool of people,” he said.

“I couldn’t be happier with their efforts and the generosity of the crew to sacrifice some of their hard earned money to help those that need it."

Over $21,000 was presented to the Sir David Martin Foundation to assist youth in crisis.

Another $8,610 was raised to help founder of Aussie Hero Quilts, Mrs Jan-Maree Ball, replace valuable quilting equipment lost in a fire earlier this year.

A cheque of $3,158.85 was presented to the Black Dog Institute, $2,473.45 was raised for Assistance Dogs Australia and $1,340 for Beyond Blue.

Darwin 
will soon be on her way to represent the Royal Australian Navy at the New Zealand Navy International Fleet Review in November.