Submarine Force brings Christmas joy to families

This article has photo gallery Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Safety Bay, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Charities, Fundraising & Community, Community Engagement

L-R: Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarines Larissa Maslin; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Submarines Steve Merritt; Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Submarines Christian Thom; St Vincent de Paul Regional President Mr Edward Wolanski; Mrs Wendy Wolanski; and Mrs Lily Tan at Penola by the Sea Convent, Safety Bay in Western Australia with Submarine Forces donated goods. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
L-R: Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarines Larissa Maslin; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Submarines Steve Merritt; Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Submarines Christian Thom; St Vincent de Paul Regional President Mr Edward Wolanski; Mrs Wendy Wolanski; and Mrs Lily Tan at Penola by the Sea Convent, Safety Bay in Western Australia with Submarine Forces donated goods.

In maintaining ties and involvement with the local community, members of the Submarine Force based at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia recently gifted food and toys to the local St Vincent de Paul charity.

Throughout the year, the Submarine Force has carried out fund raising activities with the intention of providing local families in need a little something extra during the Christmas period.

Leading Seaman Christian Thom, representing the Submarine Force said it was satisfying to see all the items collected throughout the year combined into one significant donation.

“We have conducted a series of morning teas and fundraising luncheons to raise money throughout the year.

“The intent was to purchase a selection of items that we thought might bring a bit of Christmas cheer to those in need during the festive season,” Leading Seaman Thom said.

When the last of the fundraising activities were completed, the final donations were added to the baskets, which were prepared for delivery by the Submarine Force team.

St Vincent de Paul Regional President Mr Edward Wolanski, his wife Wendy and Mrs Lily Tan of Penola By the Sea Convent, accepted the donations and will be responsible for distributing the items to those in need within the local area.

Home is where you make it, and for those members and their families posted to Stirling, getting involved in the local community is part of making the local area their true home.