HMAS Penguin recently helped Lady Susan Martin hold her annual Bridge Day to raise funds for David Martin Place.
On a sunny winter’s day early this month, the Sir David Martin Mess at Penguin yet again provided a wonderful backdrop for the card tournament fundraiser.
Penguin’s Seamen-under-training Paige Darcey, Brodie-Lee Baker, Ashley Griffiths and Christina Heron provided wonderful support in setting up for the fundraiser and then serving the 80 ladies throughout the day in the Sir David Martin Mess.
The funds raised on the day will go to the Sir David Martin Foundation, which delivers programs at the David Martin Place, a key facility that is now part of the Mission Australia Triple Care Farm on the New South Wales Southern Highlands.
Seaman* Darcey said she enjoyed learning more about the foundation.
“It was really good to have an opportunity to speak about life in the Navy to the guests as well as learn about the inspirational work and helpful programs provided at David Martin Place,” she said.
Lady Martin hosted the event, which provided an opportunity for those in attendance to hear directly from two of the youths who are currently going through treatment at David Martin Place - a youth drug and alcohol detox facility, which helps 16-24 year olds overcome addiction and lead healthy lives.
The program recipient’s message was that they appreciated that David Martin Place gave them a second chance, supported through the fundraising efforts.
Both of the youth participants spoke of the value they can now add to society in spite of their past stories and trauma.
Many attendees commented in question time on how brave the youth were to tell their story to the full room at Penguin.
After hearing the speeches, Seaman* Griffiths said in some ways she related to the stories of the young speakers.
“I thought about how life does not get easier or more forgiving, we just get stronger and more resilient - I really heard that message today during the fundraiser and likened it to the resilience that I have gained through my time in the Navy,” she said.
The Sir David Martin Foundation is the major funder of Triple Care Farm, aiming to give vulnerable young people aged 16-24 a safe place to get well and prepare for new opportunities.
Through Triple Care Farm and the individual’s commitment, young people’s lives are saved - moving from a high risk of suicide to hope for a brighter future. If you would like to find out more or make a donation please visit: https://www.sdmf.org.au/donations/newdonate.
Editor’s note: A Seaman* is a sailor who is under training to gain their initial employment qualification immediately after graduating from the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School.