St Giles recognises Navy support

Published on LEUT Daryl Peebles (author), LS Brooke Oram (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, TAS

Topic(s): Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Charities, Fundraising & Community

Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe and Friends of St Giles Patron, Mrs Frances Underwood, with 10-year-old Joseph Reynolds and St Giles speech pathologist Peter Hockley. Image courtesy of St Giles. (photo: Unknown)
Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe and Friends of St Giles Patron, Mrs Frances Underwood, with 10-year-old Joseph Reynolds and St Giles speech pathologist Peter Hockley. Image courtesy of St Giles.

Navy Headquarters Tasmania has supported St Giles, as its adopted charity, for over five years. These efforts were recognised in a ceremony in Hobart last night at which the Royal Australian Navy was elevated to a ‘Gold Member’ status.

Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe holds a certificate presented by St Giles, welcoming Navy Headquarters Tasmania as a Gold Member.

Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe holds a certificate presented by St Giles, welcoming Navy Headquarters Tasmania as a Gold Member.

The ‘Gold Member’ certificate was presented by Mrs Frances Underwood, the first patron of the inaugural Friends of St Giles. Mrs Underwood is the wife of the current Governor of Tasmania.

The Executive Officer, NHQ Tasmania, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe, accepted the certificate and addressed the Friends of St Giles at the Mawson Place Pavilion on Hobart’s Constitution Dock.

St Giles’ Communications manager, Danielle Blewett said LCDR Dawe was “a real hit last night and we did much better than we could have hoped.”

She added, “I think it was his summer uniform!”

“Navy is a long time and true friend of our organisation in many generous and genuine ways, and its hoped Navy will become an active member of Friends into the future,” Ms Blewett said.

LCDR Dawe was impressed to witness first hand some of the work done by St Giles. He was able to speak with ten-year-old Joseph Reynolds, who has cerebral palsy. Joseph uses a special communications device provided through St Giles, along with the necessary training and speech pathology.