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GIVE YOUR BEST

Registered clubs were created to give. Unlike no other, it is at the heart of who we are. Clubs see first-hand just how powerful giving can be for the communities in which clubs are located. We hope you take some time to hear these inspiring behind the scenes stories below.

2016 PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL WINNER - DENG ADUT

His life reads like a prize-winning novel, but Sudanese refugee and former child soldier turned legal eagle Deng Adut has just got on with the job. He didn’t even understand English when he arrived but Deng is now a practising lawyer and proud community advocate. Kidnapped from his family farm as a six-year-old and made to fight in the Sudanese civil war, Deng hid in a corn sack and was smuggled out of the country where he eventually made his way to Australia.
Your Local Club is a proud supporter of the Pride of Australia Medal.

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2016 PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL WINNER - JOEL TRIST

It’s the stuff of nightmares. Brett Connellan was surfing off Bombo Beach at Kiama in March this year when a shark went for him, dragging Brett away form his board, leaving him flailing, injured in the water. His mate Joel Trist was 100m away but quickly paddled over and hauled the badly injured Brett aboard his surfboard, getting off himself to help swim Brett to safety. Despite being caught in a rip, Joel kept swimming — he never gave up, eventually getting his mate back to the beach and off to hospital, certainly saving his life.
Your Local Club is a proud supporter of the Pride of Australia Medal.

2016 PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL WINNERS - AH CHONG FAMILY

They stayed calm in the face of madness. And saved a mate’s life in the process. Seeing their neighbour, Minto grandfather Wayne Greenhalgh running towards their car bleeding, the pair realised he was being chased by a madman with a machete in a random terror attack. Despite the risks to their own life and limbs, Sivei Ah Chong and his son Derek grabbed a broomstick and fence paling and took on the attacker themselves, giving a badly injured Mr Greenhalgh time to take refuge in a nearby hair salon.
Your Local Club is a proud supporter of the Pride of Australia Medal.

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2016 PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL WINNER - LILLY LYONS

She’s just 14, but Liverpool teen Lilly Lyons has already battled more than any of us should ever have to. Despite being the victim of sexual abuse, Lilly is now a loud and proud advocate for young people. She does a weekly community radio show, is a member of the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament, an ambassador for Save The Children, and has launched a pilot bullying program at her high school. It cost her time having fun with her friends, but Lilly is absolutely dedicated to making the world better for youngsters everywhere.
Your Local Club is a proud supporter the Pride of Australia Medal.

2016 PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL WINNER - TRAVIS BOLAND

Travis Boland was driving home to Parkes from some weekend work near Port Macquarie when he saw the four-wheel-drive in front of him leave the road and take a tumble. The accident occurred near the central western NSW town of Yeoval and Boland was the only one around. Without thinking he stopped and dragged the two occupants out of the 4WD which then burst into flame, saving the life of a nine year old boy and his dad.
Your Local Club is a proud supporter of the Pride of Australia Medal.

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2016 PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL WINNER - KYLIE SMITH

Quakers Hill mother of two Kylie Smith had a terrible time after her youngest son was born. She battled post-natal depression and post-traumatic stress, but when she read of celebrity TV presenter Charlotte Dawson taking her own life, Kylie decided to act. Despite her own battles she established Embracing Arms, an organisation to help support women suffering depression and anxiety which began as a Facebook group, graduated to coffee club and has continued to evolve from there, with all kinds of informal support for women having a tough time.
Your Local Club is a proud supporter of the Pride of Australia Medal.

2016 PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL WINNERS - WATER POLICE

They’re the awesome foursome who spent more than 24 hours on raging seas to rescue boats in distress during a fearsome storm last January. But for Port Stephens NSW Police Marine Area Command co-ordinator Sgt Tony Hogg and his three crew members Matthew Gray, Andrew Parker and Nick Leach making sure four very vulnerable boats and their passengers were safe that fateful day was all in a day’s work.
Your Local Club is a proud supporter of the Pride of Australia Medal.

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2016 PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL WINNER - KATH KOSCHEL

Kath Koschel has had a broken back twice. The first time she was playing cricket for NSW, the second she was training for an ironman competition. Learning to walk again didn’t break her. But finding the body of her partner Jim after he’d taken his own life almost did. But she’d taught herself to walk again physically, so Kath managed it mentally, and now shares her story with other people with their own mountains to climb, giving speeches to various groups and offering support via her Kindness Factory movement.
Your Local Club is a proud supporter of the Pride of Australia Medal.

DO SOMETHING DAY AT TALLOWOOD SCHOOL

On June 15, as part of Do Something Day, staff at Castle Hill RSL volunteered for a working bee at Tallowood School in Kellyville.
The RSL volunteers worked in the garden and animal farm at the school, which caters to children with intellectual disabilities.

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DO SOMETHING DAY AT ST JOHNS PARK BOWLING CLUB

St Johns Park Bowls Club hosted a Charity Pie Bake-off for Do Something Day! More than 300 pies and sausage rolls were cooked and packaged at the Club and donated to Father Chris O’Reilly’s Youth Off The Streets. Special guest chefs included Sammy and Bella from My Kitchen Rules, as well as Rugby League legends Terry Lamb and Steve Mortimer

THE STORIES BEHIND THE SCENES

Giving has meaning for so many. Click to hear from the many volunteers who gave their time to share their stories, speaking passionately and frankly about what giving means to them and how important clubs are in their community.

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YOUR LOCAL CLUB SUPPORTS HOMES FOR HEROES

On any given night there are more than 3000 homeless veterans across Australia. Homes for Heroes  is the only dedicated homeless accommodation service for contemporary war veterans in Australia. Listen to Homes for Heroes’ Veteran’s Advisor Geoff Evans, talk about why this great cause needs support.

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT YOUR LOCAL CLUB

Your local club is a place to meet people, make friends, stay active and get involved.
Check out this behind-the-scenes video of real people talking about how their local club feels a lot like home.

THE UNSUNG HEROES BEHIND SATURDAY MORNING SPORT

Sport is a big part of our lives. We want to take this moment to say thanks to all the mums, dads and coaches out there for making Saturday morning sport so much fun. Local clubs are proud to support the people playing, supporting or volunteering who give their all every weekend.

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YOUR LOCAL CLUB HELPS SURF LIFESAVING NSW SAVE LIVES

Your Local Club is a proud Major Partner of Surf Lifesaving NSW and help support their 19,000 volunteers who give their best to build better communities.

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VIEW OUR STORIES

Every day brings a new story about a club pitching in to lend a helping hand. Click-through to see the inspiring stories from clubs across NSW.

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