Success team abseils for youth

This article has photo gallery Published on MIDN Aimee Jeffers (author), WinkiPoP Media (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Sir David Martin Foundation, HMAS Success (OR 304)

Midshipman Aimee Jeffers from HMAS Success prepares for the Sir David Martin Foundation Abseil for Youth day.  (photo: WinkiPoP Media)
Midshipman Aimee Jeffers from HMAS Success prepares for the Sir David Martin Foundation Abseil for Youth day.

Plummeting 135 metres from the 33rd floor of a skyscraper, is not for the faint-hearted, but when the goal was to raise much-needed funding and awareness for the Sir David Martin Foundation the team from HMAS Success leapt to the challenge.

Led by Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Shane Murphy the sailors and officers took fitness to new heights, with abseiling down the building requiring muscle control and endurance.

The team had significant nerves to overcome said Able Seaman Marine Technician Cody McNulty.

“The morning of the event I was a bit nervous having never abseiled before and quite unsure of the actual height of the building. But I knew it was for a good cause,” he said. 

“As I started down the building the nerves went away I really enjoyed my time.

“As soon as I got to the bottom I wanted to go again. It was a great day and I feel as though a lot was achieved.”

For Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Sammi Elder, the event was also an opportunity to reflect on the Foundation’s purpose 

“How fortunate we actually become a bit more of a reality when participating in events like this,” Leading Seaman Elder said. 

“It’s hard to fully understand that there are kids facing troubles like homelessness, addictions and abuse that are the same age as the majority of our team. 

“Knowing our efforts go to such an incredible cause makes all the fear and nerves of the day worth it.”

The team members of this event spent their own personal time outside the gates of HMAS Kuttabul and Fleet Base East collecting more than $4000.

Midshipman Aimee Jeffers and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operations Anthea Henderson individually raised approximately $1500 each. 

The Sir David Martin Foundation supports youth in crisis by funding effective programs that help young people regain their health, get off the streets and achieve their goals. Founded by Rear Admiral Sir David Martin (Ret’d) who discharged in 1989 to become the Governor of New South Wales, his dream was to provide safety, hope and opportunity for all young Australians which led to the creation of the foundation in 1990.