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Tree of Joy
You can make a difference. Without your support, hundreds of local people will go without a single Christmas present.
Last year 546 disadvantaged men, women and children received Christmas gifts and food hampers as a result of donations to Parramatta Mission. Parramatta Leagues Club’s Tree of Joy was certainly a major contributor to this appeal.
Parramatta Mission is incredibly grateful to the members and guests of Parramatta Leagues Club for their support of the Tree of Joy. It is hard sometimes to come to terms with the fact that no matter how hard we all work to help others, the need for our help will never go away.
There will always be homelessness, there will always be mental illness and there will always be situations forcing families into crisis. And there will always be a need for Parramatta Mission and its supporters.
This Christmas is like no other. Without your support, hundreds of local people will go without a single Christmas present, without basic food (let alone any ‘Christmassy’ treats), and without the knowledge that anybody cares.
You can make a difference. This Christmas we are again asking you to help Parramatta Mission by supporting Parramatta Leagues Club’s Tree of Joy.
Some Christmas gift ideas for the Tree of Joy include:
• Gifts for teenagers – gift vouchers, t-shirts and iTunes cards
• Linen (sheets and towels)
• Toiletry packs
• Back packs
• Toys for younger children (not battery operated)
The Tree of Joy will be located in the foyer of the Parramatta Leagues Club from with gifts delivered to Parramatta Mission on Thursday, 13th December 2012 - to allow time for the Mission to distribute the gifts in time for Christmas.
Educational programs to inspire our students
Rugby league and the Parramatta Eels represent much more than just a sport and team to people in the local community.
Eels Educate incorporates the NRL One Community Eat Well Play Well Stay Well program together with the Dream Believe Achieve and Try Reading programs combined with the K-6 P.D.H.P.E syllabus, P.D.H.P.E 7-10, P.A.S.S 7-10, and S.L.R stage 6 syllabuses.
Eels educate, along with appearances from the Parramatta Eels players is a valuable teaching resource, it helps impact the positive messages of healthy and active lifestyles, literacy and numeracy and increases student engagement. It also uses the values of team sports, striving to teach life skills such as leadership, team work, resilience, and the importance of acceptance and tolerance in our culturally diverse community.
This unique classroom setting at Parramatta Stadium is a fun and innovative way for students to learn about healthy and active lifestyles, making positive lifestyle choices and other syllabus content that encourages the students the benefits of education and the importance of learning.
The Eels Educate Centre is a school excursion venue for schools within the Parramatta District to visit and gain this unique educational experience. Each lesson at the Parramatta District Rugby League Eels Educate classroom has both a theory and practical component, and the availability of a connection lesson that class teacher may perform back at school for continual learning.
Using the profile of the National Rugby League, our goal is to encourage students to be healthy and active through engaging education programs. The program aims to build self-esteem, social skills, resilience, and leadership and has a focus on literacy and numeracy. Also, encompassing the values of team sports, the centre strives to teach life skills such as teamwork, fair play, improving skills and the importance of acceptance and tolerance in our culturally diverse community.
Delivery of the program is managed by Ryan James (Bachelor of Health Science, Diploma in Education) of Parramatta District Rugby League, in Partnership with the National Rugby League, Australian Rugby League Development and the NSW Rugby League Western Sydney Academy.
Eels and Ronald McDonald House kick off 2012 Partnership
Pirtek Parramatta Eels players and their families joined those of Ronald McDonald House to launch a major charity partnership for season 2012.
Eels captain Nathan Hindmarsh was announced as the Club’s official ambassador to Ronald McDonald House. “We’ve always had a great relationship with Ronald McDonald House and this event is one we always look forward to,” Hindmarsh said.
Executive Officer of the Ronald McDonald House, Debbie Roberts, said the Christmas Party was just the start of a huge year of festivities. “We’ve got a whole range of activities planned with the Eels for 2012 – it’s going to be a big year,” Roberts said.
“To have the players here means so much to the children and their families, it really is a wonderful event for them and we’re looking forward to continuing our great partnership with the Eels and Parramatta Leagues Club.”
Eels bring Christmas cheer to Westmead Children's Hospital
Led by captain Nathan Hindmarsh, the players surprised the kids at Westmead Children’s Hospital, many of whom will be unable to spend their Christmas at home.
“A lot of the kids here are doing it tough and to put a smile on their face coming up to Christmas is terrific,” said Hindmarsh. The Eels’ annual Ronald McDonald House Christmas Party saw the entire playing squad tour the Westmead Children’s Hospital before hosting the families staying at the House for an evening party.
A surprise appearance from Santa – who bore a remarkable resemblance to Eels forward Jon Mannah – capped the celebrations as family members staying at the House received Christmas gifts donated by the Eels.
The Eels were on hand to help launch the Club's 2012 charity partnership with Ronald McDonald House, with more than 200 guests descending on the House for a Christmas celebration.
Supporting our Community
Parramatta Leagues Club believes that community support is one of our most important business responsibilities, and this year we are proud to report that we have donated over $837,419 to a wide variety of causes including aged and intellectual disability, medical research, road safety, youth literacy and counselling services to name just a few.
The launch of a “Eels Educate” centre this year is a major component in our Blue and Gold Heart program and is motivating our youth to improve their education, increase their activity levels and in turn develop healthier outcomes for all.
In this CDSE funding year Parramatta Leagues has contributed to over 70 community welfare and community development projects. Some of these charities include Camp Quality, Autism Australia, Careflight, The Leukemia Foundation, Wesley Mission, Parramatta Mission, Westmead Children’s Hospital.
Who Voted for a License to Punt?
As part of a deal with the Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie to stay in Government, the Federal Government plans to make everyone apply for a licence just so they can have a $5 punt on a poker machine.
Even though the scheme would be devastating for all Clubs, Australia’s leading gambling experts believe that it will do nothing to help problem gamblers. Those problem gamblers who don’t sign up to the scheme are likely to switch to online gambling – where they can gamble on credit, with no closing time and without trained staff present.
Others will just set very high limits, so the scheme will not stop problem gambling. Ultimately, any scheme which allows problem gamblers to set their own limits is doomed to fail.
Parramatta Leagues Club CEO Robert Bentley said the Federal Government’s plans to introduce ‘a licence to punt’ would be a fatal blow to all clubs.
“The fact that mandatory pre-commitment has never been trialled or tested in Australia and will cost an estimated $3 billion nationally to implement, without any evidence that it will help problem gamblers, beggars belief. It won’t lower problem gambling rates, but it will rob the community of the facilities and services that clubs provide.
“If this ill-conceived legislation goes ahead, it’ll be our members and the community who will lose their services, lose their junior rugby league teams, and lose the community spirit that has been built up over many years.”
In protest of the proposed legislation, an enthusiastic crowd of more than 400 local community members rallied against the federal government’s proposed “license to punt” in Parramatta Leagues Club’s auditorium.
With sports commentator Tim Webster as MC, the community heard speeches from six leading club advocates - with a besieged Parramatta federal Labor MP Julie Owens in the hot seat.
Youth off the Streets founder and CEO, Father Chris Riley, said that without backing from licensed clubs, many of the young people he helped “would be in danger on the streets”.
Former Eels captain Nathan Cayless said his life as a rugby league star was supported by Parramatta Leagues Club and other young people were able to follow the same path. A gambling counsellor who works with the clubs, Rowan Cameron, said mandatory pre-commitment would not help problem gamblers.
To voice your concerns over the Government’s proposed “license to punt” please contact your local Federal MP, Julie Owens on 6277 4134 or sign the online petition at www.its-unaustralian.com.au
Dr Phillip Lee – Senior Staff at the Westmead Palliative Care Unit
Dr Phillip Lee is committed to his local community. He grew up in Parramatta, he has lived in Parramatta all his life, and he has spent his career working in and around Westmead Hospital. He is also the deeply compassionate Senior Staff Specialist in Westmead’s palliative care ward.
“I feel very privileged that I work in palliative care at Westmead, a really important section of the hospital. Most people are aware about palliative care, about looking after patients at the end of their life.
“But probably three quarters of my work is actually working with patients who are still hanging in there with hope, having treatment, whether for cancer or other chronic illnesses, and trying to improve their quality of life so they can have their treatment and can live a good quality and meaningful life.
“Our unit here at Westmead is unique among teaching hospitals in New South Wales in that we’ve had a dedicated unit for many years – virtually since the hospital was opened – to look after those patients who have very complex symptom problems, particularly pain and other issues.
“We also look after those patients who are unable to go home and spend their last days of life here in the hospital. It’s an amazing and dedicated team of nurses and physiotherapists and all the other allied health professionals who are required to look after people in this really particularly difficult time.
“And it’s through support from Westmead Medical Research Foundation that we’ve been able to improve the physical needs that we have for these patients. “One family has been having a golf day every year for the past five years in memory of their mother. And all those funds have come to palliative care. This year we purchased 15 syringe drivers, which enabled patients to go home with their complex drug medications. It’s the amazing support that receive from organisations such as Parramatta Leagues Club has provided and their ongoing funding programs which has allowed the palliative care unit with many opportunities of growth and financial sustainability.
Being a Parramatta boy all my life, I am so pleased to have such a prominent community organisation on board with the Westmead unit. The relationship has enabled us to move forward and build a consolidated partnership for many years to come.
Fundraising has allowed one of my favourite initiatives, the Hawks Nest Project, to keep going.This project involves sending patients and their families away for holidays to the coastal town of Hawks Nest. The owners of the properties donate the homes and one of the local service clubs picks up the cleaning bill.
“To be able to send a patient and their family away for a week – away from their cares, away from their illness – has been an integral part of the care that we provide for these people.”
Parramatta Leagues Club Donates to Camp Lionheart
Through the generosity of sponsors such as Parramatta Leagues, a group of kids aged seven to thirteen, with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), were able to enjoy a couple of memorably exciting and very active days attending Camp Lionheart at Vision Valley, Arcadia.
To fund the Camp, the Carlingford-Dundas Lions Club staged its Camp Lionheart Sportsmen’s Dinner at Oatlands House. This year the Dinner had a distinctive Parramatta R.L. flavour having Steve Edge again as MC, with Jason Taylor as Guest Speaker.
Under the Community Development Support Expenditure (CDSE) Scheme, Parramatta Leagues made a very substantial $6,000 donation which, when added to the contributions of other generous cash donors, table sponsors, buyers of open and silent auction items and raffle tickets, enabled the Lions Club to raise over $33,000 on the night.
Camp Lionheart is a joint project of the Lions Club (the fund-raisers) and Kids Rehab at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (the Camp organisers).
At the Camp, these very active kids wasted no time mastering canoeing, rock-climbing, swimming, archery, and other outdoor and indoor activities, under the supervision of the Kids Rehab Team.
Lions Club President Peter Adney said “Parramatta Leagues, and other Clubs which fund community welfare activities under the CDSE Scheme are to be congratulated and deserve the total gratitude of the whole community. We, as a Lions Club recognise that contribution and so, on behalf of the Club and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead I would like to say a big thank you to Bob Bentley and his Board of Directors for Parramatta League’s most generous support of this great project”.
Club leaders see first-hand the benefits of charity generosity
Westmead Hospital’s Dr Phillip Lee, welcomed a visit to the ward from Parramatta Leagues Club Chief Executive Bob Bentley, and Chief Financial Officer Daniel Ram, earlier this month.
Mr Bentley and Mr Ram made the visit in order to see, first hand, the benefits of a generous and thoughtful gift the Club recently made to Westmead Hospital, via fundraising charity Westmead Medical Research Foundation.
Parramatta Leagues donated $14,000 to the Foundation in 2010, to purchase 7 recliner chairs for the Palliative Care ward.
The 28-bed Palliative Care ward at Westmead Hospital treats people from our local community who have complicated, advanced and end-stage diseases, particularly cancers.
Crucial to their treatment is their comfort while on the ward, and the presence of their loved ones. Families and their carers spend long periods on the ward with their loved ones, assisting with their physical, emotional and spiritual care.
Dr Lee says he feels “very privileged” to work in Palliative Care at Westmead, and that the ward is “a really important section of the Hospital.”
Palliative Care, he explains, is more than looking after patients at the end of their lives. “Probably three quarters of my work is actually working with patients who are still hanging in there with hope, having treatment, whether for cancer or other chronic illnesses, and trying to improve their quality of life so they can have their treatment and can have a good quality and meaningful life,” he says.
“The unit here at Westmead is unique in teaching hospitals in NSW that we’ve had a dedicated unit for many years – virtually since the hospital was opened – to look after those patients who have very complex symptom problems, particularly pain and other issues.”
The recliner chairs funded by Parramatta Leagues Club give patients at Palliative Care much-needed physical comfort. In addition, they provide a place for visiting friends family members to sleep, in order to be with patients for periods that are much longer than normal visiting hours.
Westmead Medical Research Foundation is extremely grateful to Parramatta Leagues Club for its generosity in making this and many other past donations in support of our local community.
The support of community icons like Parramatta Leagues Club are vital to organisations like Westmead Medical Research Foundation, which exist to provide the best possible equipment, facilities, treatments and cures for families in our community.
Westmead Medical Research Foundation recently launched a vibrant community campaign, called “My Westmead,” to build community support for the world class medical services at Westmead Hospital. For more information, go to www.wmrf.org.au.
Pirtek Parramatta Eels pledge ongoing support to Flood Relief Appeal
Thursday, 20 January 2011
After seeing first-hand the devastation the Queensland floods have caused following their trip to help clean up Ipswich, the Eels players will continue their support for the people of Queensland with fundraising efforts at the Pirtek Parramatta Eels 2011 Season Launch Gala Ball and through their State of Origin jersey auction.
The players will sign and donate the jerseys they are presented with at the Pirtek Parramatta Eels 2011 Season Launch Gala Ball to the evening’s auction, with proceeds going directly to the Flood Relief Appeal.
Chris Walker, Carl Webb and Justin Poore have already donated their prized State of Origin jerseys, which are currently being auctioned on the Parramatta Eels’ website www.parraeels.com.au, so far raising more than $2000. There is just one day left to bid on these jerseys and contribute to the fundraising for the flood victims, many of whom have lost everything.
17 Parramatta Eels players spent the past two days working hard with flood victims and volunteers to help with the clean-up of Goodna, Ipswich.
The visit made a significant impact on the community and the players, who spent time with flood-affected residents helping them clean out their homes. They also visited locals at an evacuation centre and enjoyed a barbeque with the Goodna Rugby League Club juniors.
The Pirtek Parramatta Eels would like to thank NAHAS Constructions, who kindly donated all the players’ flights to get them to Queensland, and Ipswich Council for their hard work in making it possible for the players to join the relief effort.
The Eels have also formed a relationship with the Goodna Eagles to assist the club after their facilities were severely damaged by the floods.
Pirtek Parramatta Eels working hard to aid flood victims in Goodna
The Pirtek Parramatta Eels will spend the final day of their clean-up in Ipswich at Goodna Junior Rugby League Club with a sausage sizzle and signing session.
The kids from the local rugby league teams will be at Richardson Park, Brisbane Terrace, Goodna from 9.30am tomorrow morning to meet the Eels.
The Eels have spent the day working hard with the locals in Goodna, Ipswich, to clean up following the floods that have reduced much of the town to mud and debris.
The players used their muscle wherever they were needed – cleaning out houses, backyards, garages and shops.
Parramatta Eels prop and Queenslander Carl Webb has been shocked by the devastation to the area from the floods but was heartened to see the way people are overcoming one of the biggest natural disasters this country has seen.
“Spirits are high but it is shocking coming here today and seeing how much impact the floods have really had,” Webb says.
“We’ve seen how much of the area was completely submerged by the floods so we wanted to get in and give a helping hand.”
The Parramatta Eels will leave Ipswich tomorrow afternoon ahead of their flight back to Sydney. They will depart from Brisbane Airport at 4.15pm on flight QF545, arriving in Sydney at 6.50pm local time.
Pirtek Parramatta Eels heading to Queensland to aid flood relief in Ipswich
Saturday, 15 January 2011
The Pirtek Parramatta Eels have united with fellow western Sydney clubs Penrith Panthers, the Bulldogs and Wests Tigers to aid the relief effort for the Queensland floods.
Players from the Parramatta Eels will fly into flood-ravaged south-east Queensland next Tuesday for two days to assist with the clean-up for one of the worst natural disasters Queensland has experienced.
The Pirtek Parramatta Eels, including Chris Walker, Carl Webb, Nathan Hindmarsh, Daniel Mortimer, Luke Burt and coach Stephen Kearney will be based in Ipswich and mainly help out in the badly damaged town of Goodna.
The Penrith Panthers will be taking 10 players including Petero Civoniceva, Michael Jennings, Lachlan Coote, Travis Burns and their coach Matthew Elliott to Karalee, Ipswich. The Bulldogs are determining where they can provide the same type of benefit but in a different region. They hope to have it confirmed in the coming days. The Wests Tigers are also confirming details.
Approximately 20 Eels will travel to Goodna, spending their time cleaning up debris and mud from streets and property, mingling with the community and helping with the clean-up for the local Junior Rugby League Clubs.
The Eels will fly into Brisbane Airport on Tuesday morning before being bussed out to Ipswich by Ipswich Council. Once there the players will be working hands-on with the disaster relief crews and locals to clean up the streets before going to a dinner arranged by Ipswich Council. Later that evening the players will visit evacuation centres nearby to mingle with the locals, many of whom have lost their homes.
On Wednesday the team will head to local Rugby League Clubs in the area to help clean up facilities and assist however they can.
Parramatta Eels Chairman Roy Spagnolo says the Club is keen to do whatever it can to help the people of Queensland through the floods and clean-up. “I’m really proud of this Club and the way everyone has pulled together to get the boys up to Ipswich to help in whatever way they can,” he says. “Rugby League always unites in times of trouble and the Parramatta Club are keen to help, especially given some of our players’ families were directly impacted by the floods.”
For more information please contact Liz Anderson or Brendan Bowers from Ipswich Council on 0400 002 860.
Ben Smith to Compete in Toy Relay for Ronald McDonald House
Pirtek Parramatta Eels stars Jarryd Hayne and Ben Smith will join NSW Swifts and Australian Diamonds netballers Cath Cox and Susan Pratley in a toy relay for Ronald McDonald House tomorrow, December 11, at Winston Hills Mall Shopping Centre.
Media are invited to attend the event, which kicks off at 1.00pm at the Santa setting, outside Big W at the Mall, on Caroline Chisholm Drive in Winston Hills.
The Parramatta Eels and NSW Swifts will go head-to-head in a trolley relay to see who can collect the most Christmas presents for children at Ronald McDonald House. The toys have been kindly donated by Big W and Centre Management, and members of the public can also donate at Winston Hills Mall Shopping Centre.
There will be interview opportunities with the players after the relay.
This week the Parramatta Eels are offering the chance for two lucky kids to join the Eels and Swifts in the relay. Anyone who joins up to become an Eels Member at Winston Hills Mall this week, up until Friday December 10 at 5pm, automatically goes in the draw to join the teams for the relay.
Ronald McDonald House at Westmead offers families a home away from home while their seriously ill child is receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The Pirtek Parramatta Eels have been a proud supporter of Ronald McDonald House for many years and the entire squad will attend a Christmas Party for the children closer to Christmas to give out the presents.
Christmas gift brings joy to the disadvantaged
Members and guests of Parramatta Leagues Club have been donating gifts to the Tree of Joy for many years, with their gifts bringing much joy indeed to the people accommodated and cared for by Parramatta Mission.
You are being asked again this year to donate Christmas gifts and place them under the Tree of Joy in the foyer of the Club (from mid November).
Parramatta Mission cares for children, young people, women and men, so gifts appropriate to all ages and both genders are greatly appreciated.
Basic items of clothing are always in need, as well as toys for the children in the domestic violence refuge (non-motorised), and the Mission’s young people really appreciate iTunes vouchers!
Christmas is a time when most of us are privileged enough to enjoy special times in the company of people we love and care for. However, for the people under Parramatta Mission’s care, Christmas can be a very difficult time.
Parramatta Mission provides accommodation and support to people who are facing crisis, people who are homeless and people living with mental illness; people who often have no support from family or friends and find themselves socially isolated. To know there are people in their community who care, brings them some level of warmth at a time when they feel especially lonely.
Parramatta Leagues Club has been supporting the work of Parramatta Mission for over ten years. The support provided has taken many forms, including Community Development Support Expenditure (CDSE) grants towards the Meals Plus soup kitchen, hosting ‘business breakfasts’, as well as providing a main meal for the Meals Plus lunch each Friday.
Please help bring joy to disadvantaged children and families this Christmas by donating a gift to the Tree of Joy. The Christmas gifts will be given to Parramatta Mission on December 10, 2010 so if you wish to donate a present, please bring it in to the Club before this time.
Club helps to buy guide dog puppy with $5000 donation
Mitch, a playful Labrador puppy is the latest recruit to the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT guide dog training program, thanks to a $5000 donation from the Parramatta Leagues Club.
While he is only 8 weeks old, Mitch we hope will one day become a responsible working guide dog providing independent mobility to someone who is blind or has limited vision.
The Club’s donation has helped to purchase Mitch and will also contribute to the $30,000 required to raise and train him to become a guide dog. The donation was made through the Community Development and Support Expenditure (CDSE) Scheme and signals the start of a new association between the Parramatta Leagues Club and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
“As we don’t get any government funding to provide our free services to people who need them, we are very grateful for the support of organisations like the Parramatta Leagues Club,” said Alex Green Fundraising Manager for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. There are around 260 guide dogs working across NSW and the ACT to help people with impaired vision move around their communities independently.
According to Access Economics, more than 200,000 people across NSW and the ACT are blind or have impaired vision, with this figure estimated to increase to almost 300,000 by 2020. In the past year, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT qualified instructors worked with around 3600 people who are blind or have limited vision, providing a range of free mobility programs to enhance their independence.
These programs involve orientation and mobility training in how to use canes, electronic aids, your remaining vision or guide dogs, in how to safely and confidently do things like cross roads, catch public transport or get to and from work.
To support Guide Dogs NSW/ACT or for further information about its free services, please visit www.guidedogs.com.au or call 02 9412 9300.
Healthy Hearts Children’s Cooking Program
Parramatta/Holroyd Family Support
Parramatta Leagues Club donated over $9000 to the Parramatta Holroyd Family Support Inc. This grant was used to create and develop the ‘Healthy Hearts Children Cooking Program’.
The programs aim is to encourage children to participate in cooking with nutritious food and learn about the different food groups as well as encouraging them to try different foods.
The program was also developed to raise awareness about why we eat healthy food. The group also aimed to build self esteem and confidence in children through cooking and also through team fitness activities.
Children were given the opportunity to create different healthy meals and goodies based on the weekly theme. The children were very excited about sharing what they had made with their families as well as trying the different foods during group time. They also participated in different physical activities such as team tag, ball games, hoola hoop and skipping games.
The children have gained so much enjoyment, knowledge and self esteem from the group. Every week they improved a little each time.
The program will be run a further 3 times over the course of the year and up to 10 children will be able to attend each group. Overall this will allow up to 40 children to benefit from the program over the year and go towards educating those children of the importance of healthy food and exercise as well as building confidence and self esteem.
Parramatta Water Polo Junior Development
The Parramatta Water Polo Club would like to again thank Parramatta Leagues for the sponsorships it has provided to our club. Without the sponsorship money the Water Polo club would struggle to maintain its junior programs at the same level.
The sponsorship money continues to be used towards junior development in the Parramatta area. There is under 14s and under 16s teams competing in the Sydney water polo competition. The money is used for a variety of purposes, for the junior players such as:
1. purchase of necessary equipment such as balls and caps
2. player registration fees
3. team entry fees
4. club championship carnivals
5. sponsorship money for juniors in representative teams
6. advertising for players in local newspapers
7. junior presentation day and awards
8. club uniform
9. club website licence fee
The average yearly costs to run the junior teams is approx $5,000 and the Parra Leagues grant covers 60% of our club's expenses. As a result the Water Polo club has been able to heavily subsidy the registration fee that juniors could have been charged.
The 2008-9 season was quite successful with the u14s boys team reaching the Metropolitan Competition Grand Final. Two players were selected in junior state teams and one of them also won a sports person award from Fairfield Council. Three boys were also selected for the u13s NSW development squad.
The club's aim is to attract and develop as many juniors (girls and boys) in the area that are interested in playing water polo. All juniors over 10 years of age are welcome to play. If they are not quite ready for competition they are encouraged to train with the other juniors until they have developed their skills.