HMAS Adelaide has provided high-profile support to the Legacy Foundation by welcoming a generous family on board for a sea ride recently.
A 24-hour transit from Jervis Bay, on the New South Wales south coast, to Sydney, on the Navy's newest warship was provided as a charity fundraiser for Legacy.
Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their Defence service. Legacy currently cares for 90,000 widows and 1900 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia.
The Ford family from Sydney have been consistent time supporters of the Legacy Foundation. During the Annual Legacy Luncheon last year, Mrs Dianne Ford paid $20,000 in a fundraiser for the opportunity to bring her family on board Adelaide for 24 hours.
Kitted out in Adelaide T-shirts, Navy's camouflage pants and fire boots, the Ford family participated in a ship’s tour, a dinner with the Commanding Officer and observed a series of on-board evolutions.
The family were able to ask the crews questions about Navy life, in particular life on board the Navy's newest and largest ship.
Mrs Ford said her support for Legacy was based on her family's Service experiences.
"My late father served in the Army’s Signal Corps in World War Two and was involved in the amphibious operations of the Pacific campaign," she said.
As part of improving her understanding of this part of history Mrs Ford re-traced her father’s journey through the island campaign.
During the pilgrimage Mrs Ford realised that she had the opportunity to contribute to an organisation that helps veterans like her father and provided support to families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a Defence spouse or parent.
As a final parting memento of the trip, the family was presented with a framed photo by Adelaide Commanding Officer, Captain Paul Mandziy.
Captain Mandziy said he and his ship’s company would welcome future opportunities to work with Legacy Foundation in raising the profile of such a worthy cause.