Navy personnel go over the top for youth in crisis

Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Sir David Martin Foundation

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Jarryd Boyd is helped by the support crew for the Sir David Martin Foundation, after he abseiled down the Investa Group Building, Sydney.    (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Jarryd Boyd is helped by the support crew for the Sir David Martin Foundation, after he abseiled down the Investa Group Building, Sydney.

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Jarryd Boyd is helped by the support crew for the Sir David Martin Foundation before abseiling down the Investa Group Building, Sydney.

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Jarryd Boyd is helped by the support crew for the Sir David Martin Foundation before abseiling down the Investa Group Building, Sydney.

Able Seaman Jarryd Boyd’s commitment to helping kids in crisis was on show on 17 October, when he abseiled down a Sydney city tower block, in support of the Sir David Martin Foundation.

Able Seaman Boyd was among a number of Navy personnel who rose to the challenge of abseiling down the Investa building as part of the annual Sir David Martin Foundation annual Abseil for Youth event.

He was invited by the charity to take the plunge after raising over $10,000 for Triple Care Farm, while he was deployed on HMAS Darwin in the Middle East Region.

“I first learned about the Sir David Martin Foundation and the work they do at Triple Care Farm, when I was part of Darwin’s crew. They are the ship’s charity. Two years ago, I had a chance to visit and I’d heard volunteered to attend a class graduation with another person from the ship,” Able Seaman Boyd said.

“That day I met a lot of kids, who have been doing it really tough. One or two really stuck in my head - one kid had been shot at lot of the kids had addiction problems. They were all quite young and being a father myself, it really struck home.

Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain William Martin, RAN, is helped by the support crew for the Sir David Martin Foundation before abseiling down the Investa Group Building, Sydney.

Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain William Martin, RAN, is helped by the support crew for the Sir David Martin Foundation before abseiling down the Investa Group Building, Sydney.

“Growing up I’d seen mates do it pretty tough, nothing to the same extent that these kids were facing,” he said.

“Seeing first hand what Triple Care Farm is about, how awesome the program is and the difference it makes in these kids life, helping them to kick start back into the mainstream, is something I wanted to get involved with.

“Before I sailed to the Middle East on Darwin, I got in touch with a number of professional sports teams and got stuff that we could auction. During the deployment we raised over $8000 and then through a Facebook push raised another $2000 which was amazing,” he said.

“It was great to know that by raising this money, we’d be able to help a number of kids reach their potential.”

Joining Able Seaman Boyd on the abseil was Captain William Martin, Commanding Officer HMAS Watson and Director Training Authority Maritime Warfare who led a team of Navy volunteers from the base over the edge.

A number of personnel from HMA Ships Kuttabul, Darwin, Penguin volunteered to assist on the day.

To donate to the Sir David Martin Foundation go to http://abseilforyouth2014.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home.