2019 Year in Review
It’s been another terrific year for Canada Bay Club and our Inner West community, with a range of events held at the club, and $572,000 in cash and in-kind support provided to local schools, community groups and sporting clubs over the past ClubGrants financial year. And we couldn’t do any of this without the ongoing support of you, our members. Here’s just a sample of what we’ve achieved together in 2019.
Prostate Cancer Foundation Dine for a Cause
Another thoroughly enjoyable time was had by everyone who attended the fourth Dine for A Cause biennial dinner and dance event in May, held at the Club to raise funds for research into a cure for prostate cancer. We were thrilled that $10,000 was donated to this worthy cause.
Inner West Neighbour Aid
Canada Bay Club’s continued sponsorship of Inner West Neighbour Aid’s Health and Wellbeing programs has not only brought practical help to those involved, but financial support, too. Most importantly, it has, as ever, proved to be a two-way street, with volunteers getting as much out of the experience as those they help out.
Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge
We were proud to be mentioned alongside the other worthy sponsors of the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge. Canada Bay Club helped to sponsor six 2018 alumni of the Inner West’s Rosebank College, part of a group of fine young people from around Australia who embarked on a 10-day pilgrimage along the Kokoda Trail in October. It proved to be a sobering and enlightening reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of so many other young Australians in WWII.
Inner West Lego Brick Fair at Croydon Public School
Much closer to home, the children of Croydon Public School were lucky enough to host the Inner West Brick Fair in June with the aid of Canada Bay Club as a Platinum Sponsor. The funds raised through the event were put towards buying play equipment for the school.
Children’s Tumour Foundation
Canada Bay Club donated $10,000 to the Children’s Tumour Foundation to contribute to the purchase of new equipment for Royal North Shore Hospital’s Neurofibromatosis (NF) Skin Clinic. This condition occurs in about one in 2500 births and particularly affects young and teenage children, causing tumours to grow on nerve endings and frequently producing multiple external non-cancerous lumps all over the body. This donation helped to install a second ‘ablative laser’ to treat the disfiguring effects of the tumours, in turn, not only vastly reducing the waiting time for treatment (from nearly two years down to three months), but also doubling the capacity of people being treated to around 24 per month.
Harry’s Shed (Canada Bay Men’s Shed)
Founded in 2013 as a workshop space in the Community Centre in Concord, Harry’s Shed has been a resounding success, bringing people together to make, learn new skills and, most importantly, socialise. Equipped with all manner of tools, it’s become an essential part of the fabric of the Inner West community. Our Club’s contribution this year of $5000 was used to purchase metal-working equipment, now used to manufacture items for community-based enterprises such as Concord Hospital, nursing homes, aged-care facilities and local schools.
Balmain Fun Run
For a number of years, Canada Bay Club has been a sponsor for this event, and this year, we were also delighted to support the Children’s 2km Run.
Other Inner West community events
These are only a handful of the many local and national community projects that Canada Bay Club has supported over the past 12 months, from a Christmas toy drive and Anzac school initiative for Koori Kids, to a junior sailing club program for Abbotsford 12ft Sailing Club, support for farmers in need though the 200 Bales project, and the purchase of learning equipment for Lucas Gardens School.
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Building a better Club
An honourable mention must go to our significant building project at Canada Bay Club which will be completed in 2020. Once all the work is complete, our Club will have a new façade, which will include an alfresco dining space, an outdoor children’s play area, a balcony off the Kings Bay Lounge and an undercover drop-off area at the entrance. Work is progressing well, with some of the new changes already visible. Again, it’s thanks to our members that we can continue to improve the experience for everyone – young and not-so-young – who visits.
Club events in 2019
Thank you to all our members who attended our special social events throughout the year. Whether it’s the Melbourne Day Cup Luncheon and Mothers’ Day Dinner Dance, or the Christmas in July Dinner Dance and New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, the Club loves organising these functions to bring you together to celebrate life’s big occasions. Don’t forget – we can provide world-class function facilities for all your event needs in 2020, so book now for your upcoming significant birthday, anniversary or engagement party. Find out more here.
Thanks once again for your patronage throughout the year. We wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to 2020 being even bigger and better for all our members.