We were thrilled to learn that the crew of HMAS Melbourne decided to raise money for Lou's Place while on their most recent tour of duty.
While the ship was undergoing a refit at Garden Island in April, some crew members visited us to present a cheque for funds raised through onboard activities.
It was a pleasure to introduce LEUT David Kinsey, CPOCIS Caraline Enniss, POET Zoe Mack, LSCIS Thomas Sherrin, ABCIS Blake Ridge, ABCIS Raymond Stanton and ABBM Ryan Attwood to Lou's Place.
We had a lovely afternoon tea together with the crew and our clients, talking about life on board the ship. We brainstormed other ways that the crew could get involved such as cooking lessons for our clients, DIY handyperson lessons and working bees to get the house in shipshape condition.
HMAS Melbourne is one of the Royal Australian Navy's Adelaide Class guided missile frigates. Her motto, "Vires acquirit eundo", translates as "She gathers strength as she goes."