A cold winter’s day was not enough to scare off more than 50 keen bridge card-playing ladies from attending the Lady Susan Martin Bridge Day at HMAS Penguin. The annual event is hosted by HMAS Penguin in support of the Sir David Martin Foundation.
Greeting the ladies, Commander Mathew Bradley Commanding Officer of Penguin, said “The Sir David Martin Foundation is a wonderful charity that provides support to young Australians who are in crisis or at risk and who need encouragement, guidance and hope.
“The ability of HMAS Penguin to support this charity not only continues the historical link with Sir David Martin and his family, but also fundamentally supports a great cause.”
The Sir David Martin Foundation was officially launched by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York, at Parliament House in Sydney in November 1990, and the ladies have been attending this bridge event at HMAS Penguin for more than 15 years.
Hosted by Sir David’s widow, Lady Susan Martin, the event is also an opportunity for those in attendance to hear directly from some of the youths who are currently going through David Martin Place - a youth drug and alcohol detox facility which helps 16-24 year olds to overcome addiction and lead healthy lives.
David Martin Place is the first detox facility of its kind in New South Wales and began accepting its first clients from July 2017.
Anna Beaumont, Sir David’s daughter and development manager at the Sir David Martin foundation, said “Thank you all for the continued attendance of so many ladies to this day and the amazing support of HMAS Penguin.
“Your assistance has helped to raise more than a million dollars which assisted in financing the building and establishment of the David Martin Place, a key facility that is now part of the Mission Australia Triple Care Farm on the Southern Highlands.”
Two of the youths who are currently attending David Martin Place and the Triple Care Farm attended the day and spoke about their experiences and the amazing work carried out at the facility. It was a valuable insight for attendees into what their support for the foundation is actually providing.
If you wish to find out more about the Sir David Martin Foundation or want to make a donation please visit the website at: https://www.sdmf.org.au/