Club Central proudly support the local community in many ways. Below are just some of the initiatives we have been involved in.
Christmas Canned Food Drive
We are asking members and guests to help curb hunger in our local community. Club Central will be accepting donated canned food or non-perishable items form Monday 13 November to Friday 15 December. Examples include: Tinned ham, Tinned fruit, Tinned Vegetables, Long life custard, Lollies, Chocolates, Christmas cake and Puddings etc. All donations will help support St Vincent De Paul feed the local community.
Club Central is a proud partner of MS Australia. Club Central Menai has a Donation Bin located at the exit to the underground car park.
* Clothing of all sizes
* Softs toys
Please note that it is a donation bin, not a rubbish bin. Only items of good repair and condition accepted.
Club Central is partnering with the Leagues Club Australia, to be a collection point for new clothing and other new household items. These items will be donated to your local women and children’s refuge.
This Sista Code is to support local women and children, who have escaped domestic violence.
* New Clothes
* New household items, such as toasters, kettles, kitchen appliances
* New linen, pillows, towels
* New toiletries, makeup
* New handbags, toys, sleepwear, underwear
* Suitcases, overnight bags
Speak to reception to arrange your drop off.
2016 – St Vincent De Paul Canned Food Drive
Letter of Thanks from St Vincent De Paul
“Dear Club Central,
On behalf of Oyster Bay Saint Vincent de Paul Society Conference and those local families in need whom we regularly assist, I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Club Central at Menai, for your involvement in organising the successful annual Vinnies Appeal. Your assorted donation of non perishable food items from both members and management of Club Central, have helped enable us to provide more generous size hampers.
Over the past two weeks, Oyster Bay volunteer conference members have packed and delivered 48 hampers to local individuals and families experiencing serious financial needs. The recipients of our Christmas Hampers, live within the local areas. As always, we endeavour to pack hampers to suit the individual needs of each person/family being assisted. In other words, we take into account such things as family size, age of children and any special food or dietary requirements, such as people with gluten free or nut intolerance issues etc.
You may be interested to know that when delivering these hampers, it is not uncommon for our recipients to become emotional when expressing their thanks and appreciation. Not only are they grateful to Vinnies but many also acknowledge the generosity of our caring contributors, who’s donations help make all of this possible at Christmas.
May you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.
Vice-President of Oyster Bay Conference
Saint Vincent de Paul Society”
2016 – Cyclone Winston Appeal
Thank you for helping us support those affected in Fiji by the most severe cyclone to have ever hit the Pacific. Families still struggling from this natural disaster will be given much needed items to help them rebuild their lives. This is just a sample of the generosity from the local community.
June 2016 – Menai Bush Fire Brigade, NSW Rural Fire Services
Club Central Menai has been a great supporter of the local bush fire brigade and it’s volunteer fire fighters. Club President Brian Cloney and Director Steve Simpson accepted a signed original brigade shirt from Menai Brigade officers Peter Coleman and Stuart Townsend. The shirt has been signed by passed and present members in appreciation for their ongoing support.
2015 – Sir Thomas Mitchell Branch of Menai Men’s Shed
Club Central is a proud supporter of the residents of the Sir Thomas Mitchell Branch of Menai Men’s Shed.
Cancer Council – Relay for Life 2016
Club Central was proud to support the Cancer Council at Sutherland Shire’s Relay for Life held at Sylvania waters last weekend. We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and those that participated in the event. A special mention to Jess and Michelle for their great work.
Catholic Education Foundation Gala Dinner
The Kookaburra Kids Foundation Annual Golf Day
Club Central are proud supporters of the Kookaburra Kids Foundation. This year the Board of Directors donated $5,000 on behalf of Club Central at the Golf day.
Beyondblue – Jackon says thank you.
A thank you message from Jackson for all the generous donations he received for the Beyond Blue Foundation.
Life can be an amazing and baffling adventure. It can be scary, and it can be a struggle. But it’s these peculiarities that make life as beautiful as it is. However, there are currently over three million Australians who live with anxiety and depression that often struggle to see the good things in life, let alone the beauty of it.
Organisations like beyondblue aim to help these people by working to reduce the impact of anxiety and depression in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.
Earlier this year I set my self the challenge of raising money for this fantastic organisation whilst raising awareness of depression and anxiety and pushing my personal boundaries. The challenge I decided on; to trek the famous Kokoda Trail. There are many reasons I ended up deciding to take on this particular challenge. Not only is it well known as one of the toughest and most gruelling treks in the world; but it remains one of the most important features of Australia’s history. With the four core values of the Kokoda track campaign in mind – Courage, mateship, Endurance, Sacrifice – it felt only natural that this should be the challenge I undertake.
And so it was, on the 2nd of October I set out on an adventure that would last 9 punishing but rewarding days that was to be the adventure of a lifetime. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. However, the excitement of what was to come greatly outweighed any fear or trepidation I felt about the mammoth task before me.
Just like anything, the track had its ups and downs (both literal and figurative) from the pure elation that came from standing on the peak of Mt Bellamy and conquering the climb to Efogi II to the pure soul crushing heart break that was Brigade Hill and “The Wall”. But each obstacle was in turn conquered, simply by placing one foot in front of the other and continuing on the journey with pure determination and grit. There are few things that manage to put your life in to context like standing in front of the monument at Isurava Ridge and acknowledging all the Australian, Japanese and New Guinean men that gave their lives in what were some of the bloodiest and most brutal battles of WWII. Isurava is the birth place of the four core values previously mentioned, and standing in front of these massive obelisks really puts things in to perspective. It was at this point of our journey which happened to be our second last day on the trek that I realised that we all struggle with our own private ‘Kokoda’. In life we are continually faced with challenges that may seem at the time to be insurmountable, and it is up to us what we do; whether we accept defeat at the foot of this struggle, or we find a way through. Nothing is more powerful than your own personal determination.
Life is what we make it, and as one of those over three million Australian’s living with anxiety and depression I refuse to let this define me. No obstacle is too big to overcome, especially when we keep in mind the four core values of the Kokoda campaign – Courage, Endurance, Mateship & Sacrifice. Whilst these four words may be distinctively Australian it is important to recognise that they are more importantly human.
I would personally like to thank each and every individual who donated toward this initiative. Thanks to you a fantastic organisation in beyondblue is able to continue to help millions of Australian every day. A humungous thanks to Club Central Hurstville, Club Central Menai and the Illawarra Catholic Club for being so supportive and donating $2000 as well as allowing me to raise funds in the clubs. Together we managed to raise over $6000!
Thank you all, and if there’s one thing you take from this short letter, remember that life is beautiful, and life is what you make it!
Meals on Wheels
The staff at Club Central assists volunteers at Hurstville Community Food Services (the local Meals on Wheels) by delivering prepared meals to our local residents once a month.
Meals on Wheels deliver nutritious meals to the elderly or disabled to allow them to stay in their homes and maintain some independence. The service also provides a social interaction to maintain clients’ well being and bring joy to their daily routine.
Menai Men’s Shed – May 2015
Club Central is excited to announce a $5,000 donation to Sir Thomas Mitchell Residential Care Facility in Illawong. This facility works extremely hard each day to provide quality activities and promote life skills for all 125 residents.
The $5,000 donation will now enable Sir Thomas Mitchell Residential Care Facility to work with Menai Men’s Shed to purchase work benches and tools for the Residents to do woodwork, painting, sanding and using basic tools for small building projects.
The Men’s Shed is a community-based, non-commercial organisation which aims to provide a safe, and friendly environment for men to get together and work on meaningful projects at their own pace.
Although the Residents enjoy playing Bingo and watering the garden, the volunteers Men’s Shed, will work alongside Residents to keep their minds interested and active as they work on their projects.
Sir Mitchell Residential Care Facility aims to advance the well-being and health of their male members by encouraging social interaction and a sense of achievement through the Men’s Shed program.
Club Central is very proud to support such a great initiative within our local community.
April 2015 – Club Central donated $1 million to St George Hospital Cancer Care Center
Club Central is proud to announce a $1 million donation to St George Hospital Cancer Care Center.
It will help pay for a major overhaul of the chemotherapy area, providing an additional 11 chemotherapy chairs, more beds, clinician rooms, specific bedrooms and far greater patient space and privacy.
Read the full article here.
February 2015 – Club Central Helps Sprinkle Some Sparkles
Club Central Menai is proud to have worked alongside ‘Fairy Sparkle’ as a major sponsor of The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, Let’s Sprinkle Some Sparkles – Ladies afternoon tea event recently held at the club.
Fairy Sparkle one of the ambassadors for Sydney Children’s Hospital has been involved in creating 13 hospital gardens over 20 years across Sydney, brightening the days of many sick children and their families. Recently a local club member approached Club Central to help provide sponsorship and help to raise funds to build a second fairy garden next to the neurology ward for children who cannot reach the ground floor garden. Fairy Sparkles garden provides children and their families a much need space for sunshine, fresh air and an oasis to escape to.
Club Central and Fairy Sparkle are proud to announce the event raised over $25,000. With a further donation from Bunnings Warehouse to add to the sponsorship of a large fairy light tree in the garden as its main feature. This tree will shine through the night allowing all children in the neurology ward to see through their windows.
Event organiser Rachel showed her gratitude to Club Centrals Function team, “The day was a huge success! The flowers and lights looked beautiful. All the staff at Club Menai did a brilliant job making the day run so smoothly.”
Club Central looks forward to the many smiling faces of children once the garden is complete.
If you would like to help such a great cause and make a donation please follow this link.
February 2015 – Club Central partner with Top Blokes
Club Central are proud to announce the donation of $2,000 to Lucas Heights Community School. These funds will be used to help fund a program run through the Top Blokes Foundation. This program is a mentoring program directed at empowering young men aged 14-24 to positively contribute to the local community, alleviating any such negative incidents.
Lucas Heights Community School is aiming to host a one day program with workshops including alcohol and drugs, anger management, masculinity, racism, mental health, sexual health, humanizing teachers, peer pressure and risk taking, and building community input.
The results of this program at other schools speak for themselves, with 87% of students communicating better with adults after the program, 92% saying that the program made them rethink drug consumption, 66% said the program reduced their homophobia, 54% learnt new techniques to manage their anger and 89% are now able to identify symptoms of good and poor mental health.
Club Central takes pride in helping the Community and the Club Directors took great pride in being able to provide support to help nurture and strengthen young men to develop informed decision making skills for later in life.
May 2014 – First All-girls cricket team make Grand Final
Last year, after having success in the school MILO Cup competition and entering a girls team into the state knockout for the first time ever, a group of girls in Year 5 & 6 at Illawong PS expressed an interest in forming a weekend girls cricket team. So the girls all signed up to play for Illawong Menai Cricket Club (IMCC) in the local Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association (SSJCA) and a Menai PS teacher Mat signed up as coach. The girls were graded into the 12E competition and are IMCC’s first ever all-girls team. They are also the first all-girls team in the SSJCA in over 25 years. The girls played against boys teams from around the Shire every Saturday morning over summer. After a thrilling final round of the regular season which resulted in a 61-61 tie, the girls have made it through to the Grand Final this weekend and have become the first ever all girls team to make a grand final in the history of the SSJCA. The team consists of current and ex-Illawong PS students Siobhan, Isabella, Alannah, Georgia, Ashleigh, Jessica, Katerina, Monica, Gabrielle & Lauren. We also have two girls from Lucas Heights Community School that play in the team, Melody and Jess.
Mr. French is the team’s Assistant Coach and Mrs. Finn is the Team Manager. Congratulations to the girls on making the grand final. Whilst they may not have ended up premiers for the seasons, they did themselves and their coach proud with their outstanding achievement.
March 2014 – $86,000 for Menai sporting clubs
Congratulations to the twenty four Menai-based sporting clubs who shared in over $86,000 donated by Club Central. This money assists clubs with purchasing equipment, keeping registration fees low and to help with other costs in running a sporting club. This funding is an increase of over $20,000 on previous years.
November 2013 – Club Central Menai donates $24,750 for life saving defibrillators
Club Central Menai assisted Response for Life in distributing nine defibrillators to local sporting clubs and Menai Community Services, ensuring that the community now has access to these life saving devices in places where they could be most needed.