Navy people having an abseil of a time

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Sir David Martin Foundation

Royal Australian Navy personnel assisting with the Abseil for Youth event for the Sir David Martin Foundation, held in the Sydney CBD. (photo: ABIS Ryan McKenzie)
Royal Australian Navy personnel assisting with the Abseil for Youth event for the Sir David Martin Foundation, held in the Sydney CBD.

Navy has thrown its support behind the Sir David Martin Foundation’s 10th annual Abseil for Youth event in the heart of Sydney.

More than 40 officers and sailors from units across Fleet Base East shared their time to help to help man support lines as brave volunteers stepped over the edge from the 33rd floor of the 1 Market Street building - a dizzying 135 metre drop.

The annual Abseil for Youth event raises funds via the Sir David Martin Foundation to help young people facing addictions, mental health issues and homelessness to make practical and sustained changes in their lives. 

The Sir David Martin Foundation, in turn, provides funding to Triple Care Farm, a youth drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation facility helps 16-24 year olds to overcome addiction and develop skills to find their independence in the community.

Lieutenant Ian Rushton coordinated Navy’s support and said the number of Navy people who volunteered to support Abseil for Youth was uplifting.

“The Sir David Martin Foundation have set a target of $300,000 this year and the Navy volunteers have stepped forward with a lot of enthusiasm to help facilitate a lot of nervous people abseil safely,” Lieutenant Rushton said.

“A couple of them even took the hair-raising plunge and zip lined from 33 floors up which was great to see.”

“I’ve supported Navy’s involvement with Abseil for Youth before and it’s important to remember that there are kids facing serious challenges like homelessness and addiction who aren’t much younger than our some of our own newer officers and sailors.”

Sir David Martin - former a former New South Wales Governor and Navy Rear Admiral - established his namesake foundation in 1990 to provide safety and avenues for young people in need.