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Our Stories

The best examples of clubs and individuals giving their best! To get involved, upload an image and a few words to Facebook or Instagram and tag it with #giveyourbest.

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2016 Overall and Adult of the Year Award – David Digges

Dr David Digges started the National Dental Foundation, a network of dentists who provide free dental treatment to those in need. In his own practice, David offers pro bono services one day a week. Encouraging his fellow dentists to become members of the foundation, Dr Digges tells them: “When you reach out to help people you not only relieve their pain and improve their health, you rekindle their faith in humanity and encourage them to try again. You can help restore dignity and future hope for a balanced life.”
Your Local Club is a proud partner of the Centre for Volunteering's NSW Volunteer of the Year Award.
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2016 Excellence in Volunteer Management Award – Royal Rehab

The loving nurturing of the volunteers at Royal Rehab by the Volunteer Services Department has ultimately meant a better quality of care for the clients. The team share a vision of ‘magnificence in contribution’ that impacts on all team members. While the team handle hundreds of volunteers every year, placing them into complex medical situations, the sensitive management of the process has produced a gold standard volunteer practice regime.
Your Local Club is a proud partner of the Centre for Volunteering's NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
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2016 Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year Award- Salesforce

Salesforce allocates 7 days a year to enable all staff to volunteer for a not-for-profit of their choice. To encourage participation Salesforce has a portal where employees can search for volunteering activates, log their time, recruit others and share stories. Students, homeless people, the disabled, sustainability projects have all benefited from the thousands of hours donated by this team.
Your Local Club is a proud partner of the Centre for Volunteering's NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
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2016 Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award (Individual) – Chris Bond

Chris has recruited more than 100 of his Macquarie Bank colleagues to volunteer with Raise, meaning the organisation is more able to provide life-changing one-on-one mentoring to at-risk students in the Inner West. Apart from maintaining his own mentee responsibilities Chris has helped develop a partnership plan between the two organisations.
Your Local Club is a proud partner of the Centre for Volunteering's NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
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2016 Volunteer Team of the Year Award- Women in Prison Advocacy Network Volunteer Mentors

WIPAN take a grassroots approach to addressing women’s social justice issues by directly engaging criminalised women pre and post-release. The group partners trained volunteer Mentors from the community with women enduring the judicial and/or correctional system, particularly during their complex transition from custody to the community.
Your Local Club is a proud partner of the Centre for Volunteering's NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
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2016 Student Volunteer of the Year Award – Holly Johnson

Volunteering propelled Holly from a shy and anxious teenager into a confident advocate for others. For the first two years of high school Holly’s anxiety was so acute she barely spoke at all – volunteering with Amnesty International has literally helped Holly find her voice and within her school, she has led the cause for Aboriginal educational issues and human rights for the LGBTI community. Holly also volunteers at two local nursing homes lifting the spirits of the residents and the workload of the staff who deeply appreciate her presence.
Your Local Club is a proud partner of the Centre For Volunteering's NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
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2016 Youth Volunteer of the Year Award- Ben Matthews

Ben Matthews is only 23 but he has been an active member of his local Surf Life Saving Club for 19 years. As a Patrol Captain, Ben is responsible for managing a team of up to 20 volunteer lifesavers for each patrol. He also volunteers with the Rural Fire Service but perhaps Ben’s most inspiring volunteering is the mentorship he provides to children struggling with integrating into school and the community due to a disability. Ben understands their challenges as he has Cerebral Palsy.
Your Local Club is a proud partner of the Centre for Volunteering's NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards
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2016 Pride of Australia Medal Winners

Your Local Club is proud to support the Pride of Australia Medal and shine a light on the unsung heroes who have made a remarkable contribution to their communities! We extend a warm congratulations to Lilly Lyons, Kylie Smith, Deng Adut, Kath Koschel, Travis Boland, Ah Chong Family, Joel Trist, Sergeant Tony Hogg, Senior Constable Matthew Gray, Senior Constable Andrew Parker and Senior Constable Nick Leach for winning this year's medals.
Click on the below link to watch videos about the winner's stories
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Club River’s CommuniTEAM Nominated for 2016 Pride of Australia Award

The Club Rivers CommuniTEAM dedicates it’s time to volunteering in the local community! Whether its visiting sick children in hospital, serving free lunches to those in need, or picking up a paintbrush, the team gets stuck in to help the community in any way it can - which is why the Club has been nominated for the 2016 Pride of Australia Medal.
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Anti-Domestic Violence Campaigner Nominated for 2016 Pride of Australia Medal

Jhan Leach is no stranger to winning awards for her great community work. In June she won our Clubs & Community 'Heart of the Community' Award, and now the Blacktown mum has been nominated for the prestigious Pride of Australia Medal. As executive officer of Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, Jhan works on the frontline, helping to support women and children feeling domestic abuse.
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Little Wings Nominated for 2016 Pride of Australia Medal

Little Wings is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to provide a professional, free and safe flight and ground transport service for children from rural and regional NSW to access specialised medical services and treatment in major centres. In recognition of this outstanding community work, the charity has been nominated for a Pride of Australia Medal.
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Panthers on the Prowl Nominated for 2016 Pride of Australia Medal

Former Penrith Panthers player Brad Waugh has been nominated for a prestigious Pride of Australia Award. Brad is the General Manager of Panthers on the Prowl, the community outreach arm of the Panthers NRL club. The program aims to help local Primary School children build self-esteem, social skills, resilience, leadership and literacy.
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Blacktown Workers Club’s Harold Becker Nominated for 2016 Pride of Australia Medal

Welfare officer at Blacktown Workers Club Harold Becker has been nominated for a prestigious Pride of Australia Award. Harold was recognised for visits to hospitals and nursing homes where he assists with whatever is needed - giving an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on and a reassuring hand.
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Your Local Club Team Volunteer at The Salvos

Our team got into the Christmas spirit and helped pack special goody bags for the Salvation Army! The bags will be sold at Carols in the Domain on December 18, with all proceeds going to the Salvos so the charity can continue its great work in the community.
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Inclusive Employment at Broken Hill Democratic Club

At every club there is that staff member who does so much that the club practically grinds to a halt when they go on leave. At The Demo Club, that staff member is Ashley Clogg. Ashley, who has Down Syndrome, recently celebrated five years at the Club. Ashley's greatest asset is easily his quirky personality and the impact he's had on staff and members is immeasurable.
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Staff Give to Help Stop Domestic Violence

Staff at Penrith RSL have donated more than $2,000 to a local anti-domestic violence service provider. The money was donated as part of the Club's Staff Giveback Program which sees employees choose what causes they would like to support. This year, the program has seen $18,000 in funds distributed to local charities and organisations.
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Garden Grant for Primary School

Students at Engadine West Public School are busy working to extend their native bird garden thanks to a $2000 iPromise grant from Tradies. The iPromise Grants are run twice a year with $8000 available for sustainability projects in schools, businesses and community organisations.
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Sharks Leagues Club Hold Career Expo

A career expo held at Sharks Leagues Club drew more than 600 students from the Sutherland Shire. 50 stallholders were on hand to give students advice about a variety of industries including sport, construction, engineering, art, the environment, finance, hospitality, law, communications, real estate, Defence Forces and emergency services
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Club Employees Volunteer in Local Community

The first of its kinds in the club industry, the Tradies’ Employee Volunteer Program has been running since 2004, and now involves 70% of its employees. This year, Tradies has focused on key areas of community need and have implemented regular weekly and monthly opportunities. These include Caringbah Day Club, Dandelion Support Network, Meals on Wheels, and Joshua’s Kitchen.
Volunteers also provide assistance to a range of community events and requests from organisations throughout the year including Sutherland Shire Relay for Life, National Tree Planting Day, Kookaburra Kids, and Local School Fetes.
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Max Potential Showcase at Penrith RSL Club

The Penrith Max Potential Program was held over 22 weeks, and saw 17 local students coached by community leaders to help them maximise their potential, reach their goals and become more community minded. During the program, the students are given the task of initiating a project that is beneficial to their local area. such as collecting blankets for the homeless.
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Staff at Ramsgate RSL Club Volunteer to Help Kids Learn

Michaela Corrozzo from Ramsgate RSL Club helped Joseph Sio write sentences about dinosaurs while volunteering at Ramsgate Public School.
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Revesby Workers Club Get Kids with Special Needs and the Elderly Reading

Revesby Workers encouraged guests and staff to donate their well-thumbed reads before Do Something Day.
About 50 books hit the shelves of Padstow’s Caroline Chisholm special needs school and Bankstown City Aged Care as a result of the book-drive.
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Castle Hill RSL Club Lend a Helping Hand at Tallowood School

The team at Castle Hill RSL Club celebrated Do Something Day by getting stuck in at Tallowood School, painting, gardening and building chicken coops.
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Do Something Day at Bankstown Sports Club

Staff at Bankstown Sports Club united to help the Salvation Army host a lunch and supply people with food. Club staff donated hundreds of tins of food and long-life milk, and helped the charity hand out the items.

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Can We Talk? Youth Suicide Prevention Forums

The club industry has again partnered with The Sunday Telegraph, the NRL and leading mental health organisations to host three Can We Talk? youth suicide prevention forums in 2016.

The forums will feature clinical experts, parents and young people telling their stories and local police; all available to answer audience questions at Campbelltown Catholic Club, West Tamworth Leagues Club and Orange Ex-Services' Club.

Photo: News Corp Australia
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Brendan Shines at Lynwood Country Club

Brendan Mimis is a 21-year-old graduate of NOVA Transition to Work Program and has scored a 20-hour a week job as a groundsman at Lynwood Country Club!

Brendan’s job is part of a scheme where clubs are partnering with the Department of Family and Community Services to help people with disabilities get into the workforce.
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Premier’s Ambassadors Program

Six high school students will learn about the contribution of Anzac soldiers and nurses during a once-in-a-lifetime journey of key battlefields in Europe as part a two week tour sponsored by the club industry.

The students will visit Athens, Lemnos, Crete, Paris, Ieper and the Somme during April after winning an essay competition about the importance of Anzacs to modern Australia.
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Sharkies Rally Behind Community of Kurnell after Devastating Tornado

Sharks Leagues Club acted as a refuge during the days after the storm hit Kurnell, providing a meeting place and shelter as well as meals and refreshments to the displaced residents and emergency services staff.

The Sharks also loaded the Leagues Club courtesy bus with food and supplies donated by generous local businesses and delivered them to Martin Hall in Kurnell during the clean-up effort for distribution to those residents most affected.
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‘If Not Now, When Toronto?’

'If Not Now, When Toronto?' is a 12 week community health and lifestyle program offered by Toronto Diggers featuring menus, exercise plans, Boot Camps, prizes and much more!

The Club commissioned celebrity personal trainer Cameron Byrnes and television personality Larry Emdur to run the program for locals.
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Neutral Bay Club

Well done to Neutral Bay Club who worked closely with Arranounbai School to create a program that saw special needs students participate in sports such as tennis and bowls.

The Neutral Bay Club will continue to provide these services to Arranounbai School and any others that wish to take advantage of the opportunity to give the children a different and exciting option, and a hugely rewarding experience for everyone involved.
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The Kyle and Jackie O Toy Drive

The club industry has helped Kyle & Jackie O bring Christmas cheer to Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick by supporting their annual toy drive.

In the four years the industry has been involved in the toy drive, more than 35,000 presents have been delivered to sick kids at a time they need cheering up the most.
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Blacktown Workers Club Receives White Ribbon Accreditation

Blacktown Workers Club is the first club in Australia to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace!

This accreditation recognises the Club’s commitment and focus on leading the industry by positively influencing the discussion on anti-domestic violence advocacy.
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Alstonville Community Preschool

Alstonville Community Preschool will be able to finish the construction of its new, purpose-built facility in time for the 2016 school year thanks to a $32,000 donation by the club industry.

"This funding will help us fit out the outdoor playground for the children and make sure the outdoor play space is compliant and meets regulatory standards,” President of Alstonville Community Preschool Katherine Buckley said.
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Little Wings

Being told your child has a life threatening illness is a traumatic event for any family. The emotional strain and financial burden of being away from your loved ones and home environment whilst your child undergoes treatment makes this situation even harder to cope with. Little Wings is a not for profit children's charity that provides free ongoing flight and ground transport to those families in need.
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Cabramatta Leagues Club community rallies behind Kurt Drysdale

Players from the Cabramatta Two Blues gave “the shirts off their backs” to support and help raise money for good friend and teammate Kurt Drysdale in the ‘Unite for Kurt Round’ against Blacktown Workers earlier this year.

The 20 year old Two Blues hooker from Stanwell Tops was injured in a footy tackle gone wrong that left his C5 vertebra twisted and snapped, suffering multiple other fractures.
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Homes for Heroes

Earlier this year, Homes for Heroes opened their doors to a new rapid resettlement centre in Narrabeen, catering to veterans who are homeless and require immediate shelter.

The five-bed facility, including a kitchen and two bathrooms, has been completely booked out by veterans searching for permanent housing over the last five months.
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2015 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards – the Centre for Volunteering

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award is an annual awards program that recognises and celebrates the outstanding efforts of the 2 million plus volunteers in NSW.

Volunteers from across 20 different regions in NSW are recognised as part of the awards, culminating in a state award ceremony which celebrates overall category winners.
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Bexley RSL

Bexley RSL General Manager Anton Dworzak and long-time employee Thomas Maclachlan celebrate after the club donated $75,000 to local disability service provider, Jobsupport.

Thomas, a Jobsupport client with Down syndrome, has been working at Bexley RSL for six years, and both staff and members can’t imagine the Club without him!
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Harry Davenport

Six-year-old Ashbury local Harry Davenport is ready to say goodbye to his old, broken wheelchair after the club industry donated funds for him to receive a new and customised wheelchair.

Harry’s father Andrew Davenport said that without the new wheelchair, his little boy would be housebound and unable to play or go to school with his friends.
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Tradies

The spike in domestic violence around Australia prompted employees at Tradies to donate $10,000 to Amelie House Women’s and Children’s Refuge as part of the Club’s Give Back Program.

The donation will be used for therapy and excursions to help women and children in the refuge cope with their domestic violence experiences. The money will also help purchase items families will need to move out of the refuge, including linen, white goods, crockery, as well as contribute to rental bonds.
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Surf Life Saving (New South Wales)

What epitomises the theme of giving more than the commitment to keep others safe?

In the 2014-2015 summer season, Surf Life Saving NSW performed 5,902 rescues, took 138,775 preventive actions, administered first aid 9,199 times, and volunteered over 650,000 hours.

We’re proud to be partners of Surf Lifesaving NSW and help support their 19,000 volunteers who give back to build better communities.