HMAS Penguin raises funds for much needed medical equipment

This article has photo gallery Published on WOATV Ian Daley (author and photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Humpty Dumpty Foundation

The VIP group from McGrathNicol with Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin Commander Mat Bradley; Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Pete Thompson; and 723 Squadron Pilot, Lieutenant Michael Wisniewski, prior to their flight in the Bell 429 Helicopter. (photo: WOATV Ian Daley)
The VIP group from McGrathNicol with Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin Commander Mat Bradley; Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Pete Thompson; and 723 Squadron Pilot, Lieutenant Michael Wisniewski, prior to their flight in the Bell 429 Helicopter.

HMAS Penguin has continued its ongoing support of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation by hosting a tour of Penguin followed by a Captain's Lunch.

This year’s tour was auctioned at the annual Humpty Foundation Balmoral Burn Sponsor's Dinner with McGrathNicol the successful bidders at the auction, raising $11,000 for the charity.

Commanding Officer, Commander Mat Bradley said “the base is very proud of the fantastic relationship we have developed with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and we are delighted to continue our support of the charity through the HMAS Penguin experience each year.”

Penguin has been supporting the Foundation and its vital work for over seven years.

“Each year the sailors from Penguin compete and help the Foundation hold the Balmoral Burn Fun Run in addition to raising money through the auction of a base tour and luncheon.”

An addition to this years tour was the incorporation of a helicopter flight in a Navy Bell 429 helicopter from 723 Squadron.

“The support of Commander Fleet Air Arm, 723 Squadron and the Fleet Air Arm Civic Virtue Program was fantastic and really helped enhance the Penguin experience for the McGrathNicol Team,” CMDR Bradley said.

Incorporating a flight between Penguin and the Penguin Pittwater Annex, the tour group enjoyed a fantastic view of the northern regions of Sydney and the harbour.

Once back from their flight, the group was taken on tours of the ADFDS and were able to try on bomb suits, dive suits and have a go at ‘driving’ the remote-controlled bomb disposal vehicle.

Staff from the Submarine and Underwater Medicine (SUMU) Facility showcased some of their specialist equipment, including the ten and four person hyperbaric chambers.

The group then attended the medical school where they got a truly ‘hands on’ experience of what it is like to be dealing with medical emergencies at sea, including being part of the current Ships Medical Emergency Team (SMET) training complete with very lifelike ‘wounds’ and the simulated delivery of a baby.

On completion of the base tour, the guests were treated a fantastic gourmet lunch kindly donated by ESS Support Services. At the luncheon CMDR Bradley thanked McGrathNicol for their great support.

“The Humpty Dumpty Foundation buys essential and often life-saving medical equipment to help sick kids in more than 250 hospitals around the country,” CMDR Bradley said.

“The support provided by companies such as McGrathNicol ensures this support continues on.

“As home to the Royal Australian Navy’s Medical School primary medical training facility, we are proud to provide our ongoing support to such a worthwhile cause by hosting the luncheon today.”