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December 9, 2010
Parra strikes deep
HMAS Parramatta's (CMDR
Heath Robertson) ship's
company completed a
solid community engage-
ment program recently with a char-
ity event, Freedom of Entry march
through the City of Parramatta, a
memorial and mess dinner.
Kicking off the week-long activi-
ties was a cheque dedication ceremony
at the Wesley Apartments.
The six apartments in the complex
across the road from the Children's
Hospital at Westmead provide local
accommodation for interstate and
overseas families whose children are
undergoing treatment at the hospital.
The association between
Parramatta and the Wesley
Apartments began last year with the
presentation of a $10,000 cheque con-
tributing to the construction of the
building by the Parramatta Mission.
The crew were able to improve on
that contribution this year during their
Operation Slipper deployment with a
pledge day that raised $17,000 for the
LSPT Corey Short said the idea to
have a pledge day was developed at a
welfare committee meeting.
"We had a great response from the
ship," LSPT Short said.
"What we raised far exceeded my
expectations and is a real testament to
PAST DEEDS: (Above) HMAS Parramatta's crew march past the
Cenotaph while exercising their Freedom of Entry into the City of
LEADING THE WAY: (Left) CO Parramatta CMDR Heath Robertson
leads the ship's company past the Tudor Gates during the Freedom of
Photos: LSIS Brenton Freind
"It is great to do something for the
local community while you are so far
away from home."
The General Manager of
Parramatta Mission, Chris Bertinshaw,
said enhancing the community feel
of the apartment complex was a key
focus of the next stage in development.
"The barbecue area will add com-
fort and a sense of community to the
building," Mr Bertinshaw said.
"Families that end up here often
say how isolating it is in the hospi-
tal with their sick child, so a sense
of community while they stay here is
HMAS Parramatta's relationship with her
namesake city is as strong as ever after the ship's
company's community engagement activities
strengthened ties with veterans, charities and
dignitaries alike. LEUT Kara Wansbury reports
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