Club Taree team members are at the forefront of assisting charitable organsations in our community. CEO Morgan Stewart shares some of this year’s highlights – at least one of which is still to come – with a golf day planned for November 22nd, to raise funds for the Taree Women’s Refuge …
Hi Morgan. Can you tell us how you became a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I became involved with White Ribbon through my last club, Blacktown Workers, who became the first club to be accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace. Through that process and community awareness and fundraising activities, I saw an opportunity to influence discussions in other workplaces, and in my particular context, clubs. I undertook training, passed a stringent screening process of interviews and background checking, and was approved as an Ambassador.
You are holding a golf day on November 22nd. How can people get involved and what is planned for the day?
Anyone is welcome to play, and they can contact our Professional, Wayne Dodd, on 6552 1506 to book a place in the field. You don’t need to be a good golfer; we just want you to come out and have a go. We expect it will be a field of around 80 – 100, and we are fundraising back in the clubhouse post-match with prizes and a raffle.
The golf day will raise funds for the Taree Women’s Refuge. Tell us a bit more about this charity …
The Taree Women’s Refuge provides short term crisis accommodation and outreach to women and their children.
I met with the team from Taree Women’s Refuge early in the piece when I started with the club, as we had already supported them by providing some new furniture for the shelter, and it occurred to me that we could provide longer term financial assistance by committing to a fundraising partnership to support a strong relationship in our community.
Morgan, not too long ago you did the Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout. What was that experience like?
The CEO Sleepout was a great experience. Of the 47,000 women and children who became homeless and needed support services in 2015 – 2016, 43% of them were escaping domestic and family violence. This is unacceptable and the principal reason I completed the sleepout again this year, in order to raise funds for Vinnie’s to combat this situation as best as they can.
What other events are on the horizon for Club Taree and yourself?
We have the annual Club Taree Tertiary Scholarships presentation, whereby a student from each of the five local high schools will receive a $2,000 tertiary scholarship, being held at the club on Wednesday 8th November.
We have just wrapped up the Club Taree turns PINK initiative, which has raised funds to support the Cancer Council.
In the lead up to Christmas, we are looking forward to helping thousands of locals celebrate Christmas with their friends, family and work colleagues across our function venues. Our biggest ever Members’ Promotion is drawing to an end, and this will see one lucky member drive away in a brand new Holden Cascada Convertible, just in time for Christmas.
The start of the Christmas season gets under way on the 26th November, with our $7,000 toy raffle.
Why is it so important for local businesses and clubs to be involved with giving back to the community?
We are a member based community organisation. We have an obligation to be involved in our community, and we are very proud of the Club Taree Community Team. The Community Team involves over 60 staff, and they have volunteered over 4,500 hours at a value of over $160,000 back into events and community projects. The team and Club Taree were last week awarded a Highly Commended Heart of the Community Award in a large field of nominating NSW Clubs in the 2017 Clubs NSW Clubs and Community Awards in Sydney. We are very proud of them all.
For those who would like to assist and donate to any of the charities you are involved with, how do they go about this?
You’re welcome to keep in touch with us through Facebook and Instagram, or just drop by the club, as we have donation boxes in our key service areas. Or, contact Paul Allan, our Brand and Communications Manager, who can give you specifics around a variety of activities we’re participating in here at Club Taree.
Our team are already planning community support events for 2018. If you think we could help with a community project or initiative, please give Paul a call on (02) 6539 4000.