Archive for year: 2016

Revesby Workers’ Giving Tree for Salvation Army Appeal


Revesby Workers’ Club and the local community have come together and donated more than 1500 items to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal helped those doing it tough and supported around 300,000 Australians over the festive season. The donations from the Revesby Workers’ Club community during Christmas supported the appeal by giving much needed toys, food and gifts to others who need that extra support.

Panania Corps Officer Pastor Major Michael Hogg, said that the efforts from the club community has been great and it has all gone a long way for those who may not been able to have a bright Christmas.

“The kind-hearted, Revesby Workers’ Club visitors who donated around 1500 individual items including food, toys and a variety of gifts is a fantastic effort and will now go into the hands of families struggling to make ends meet.”

Revesby Workers’ Club are committed to supporting those struggling and encourage all members and guests to continue to support The Salvation Army through the entire New Year.

Revesby Workers’ Donates $84,000 to Local School Community


Revesby Workers’ Club has generously donated $84,000 to twenty-eight schools in the local community.

The annual cheque presentation morning tea was held at Revesby Workers’ Club where each school received a cheque for $3000.

The funding provided by Revesby Workers’ will go toward providing needed resources to create better support and better learning environments for students and parents.

Daryl Melham, President of Board of Directors says the contribution the schools make to the community is an invaluable to the lives of the young people in the community.

“The commitment and dedication of schools and especially teachers to children is instrumental to development and learning of thousands of children in our local community. We thank each school and support them with this donation as they continue to work hard and provide the best for all.”

The local schools were also invited to continue their partnership with Revesby Workers’ by telling their story of how the donation will assist their school.

Revesby Workers’ Gives Funds To Broderick Hospitality Kitchen


Broderick Gillawarna School students cook up a storm after Revesby Workers’ gives $40,000 funding toward the opening of their brand new hospitality kitchen.

Broderick Gillawarna School provides a learning environment for students with moderate to severe intellectual learning disabilities with a focus on students becoming valued members of the community.

The funding from Revesby Workers’ through the ClubGRANTS Scheme has seen a refurbishment of the schools hospitality kitchen which has been specially built to give all students access to cooking including those students with physical disabilities that mobilise in wheelchairs.

The kitchen includes new appliances, adequate bench space including an island bench for food preparation and serving lunch, additional sinks stovetops, ovens, dishwashers and plenty of storage room for equipment.

Karen McDonell, Broderick Gillawarna School Principle said the funding has helped enormously.

“The upgrades made to the kitchen have made such a difference to the students learning. We now have multiple ovens, dishwashers and sinks and best of all there is plenty of space for students to move around.”

Along with the upgrades, Broderick Gillawarna parents and students have engagement with the ‘Community Kitchens’ cooking workshops through ‘Live, life well’ which run a series of cooking classes to teach students and parents how to prepare healthy, economical meals and then enjoy them together at the end.

 “The facilities that we now have thanks to the funding are giving students access to new skills in an environment that is specialised and comfortable for their learning, which was not previously available.

For more information about Broderick Gillawarna hospitality kitchen contact Broderick Gillawarna School.


Revesby Workers’ Draws Funding to Art for Parkinson’s Group


Revesby Workers’ have given $8155.00 funding to the Art for Parkinson’s group under the ClubGRANTS program, which supports community health services, the disadvantaged, junior sport and large-scale infrastructure projects.

Revesby Workers’ is proudly supporting Parkinson’s NSW, an organisation which continues to make a difference to the lives of over 700,000 people directly impacted by Parkinson’s in Australia. More specifically, Revesby Workers’ have contributed funding to The Art for Parkinson’s Group.

The Art for Parkinson’s Group is an innovative art programme for people in the community living with Parkinson’s disease. The group is designed to provide a “can do” activity for people whose abilities have been compromised by Parkinson’s, a typical class begins with a “cuppa” and a chat.

Art for Parkinson’s Group Coordinator, Wendy Davis generously gives her time to organising and running the support group.

“We begin with activities to help calm the nervous system through guided breathing exercises to focus the mind, followed by seated stretching to kick start the body into action.”

“Although communication through speech is often compromised with Parkinson’s disease the ability of self-expression flows through with the use of a variety of materials and subjects.  At the beginning, the first mark or stroke then leads to another and another which is in itself a major achievement for people who find writing difficult.  This, in turn, encourages confident experimentation.”

“There’s no right or wrong … just wonderful, creative, self-expression.  We like to say that “MAGIC HAPPENS” and the great thing is that no experience is required!”
The Art for Parkinson’s group allows suffers to direct their minds to different levels where the visual mode prevails on the logical and connects the person with their creativity.  This is very important for someone who has to adapt to certain limitations and a new situation due to a disease like Parkinson’s.

Through the support of Revesby Workers’ ClubGRANTS funding and the generosity of volunteers the Art for Parkinson’s groups is making a significant contribution to the improvement of health for those suffering with Parkinson’s disease.

The first Art for Parkinson’s group will be held on Monday 17 October at the Sefton Community Centre and will continue every second Monday from 10am to 12pm. The cost each week is five dollars ($5) and includes all materials, morning tea and the friendship of likeminded people.

All members of the community affected by Parkinson’s disease are welcome to join and be a part of an outstanding project for people with Parkinson’s.

For more information, contact Mrs Wendy Davis on 0415 361 991,

artforparkinsons@outlook.com.au or visit www.artforparkinsons.com.au

Our Staff


OurStaff_Web_RWCBLOG_Portrait_450x555px_V2As a large employer located predominately in the South West of Sydney, Revesby Workers’ is all too familiar with the unfortunate statistics that highlight the level of unemployment in our surrounding area.

Sydney – South West

We have 275,600 of working age population (15-64), with an overall unemployment rate of 7.0%, and a Youth (15-24) unemployment rate of 9.3%.

Source: Australian Government Department of Employment – April 2016

As both a responsible employer and community Club, we took the opportunity of participating as an exhibitor at the Annual South West Sydney Jobs and Skills Expo.

This Expo attracts thousands of visitors each year, from students looking for their first job to the mature age returning to the workforce, from people seeking a new career path to minority groups and everyone in between.

Whilst many industries were represented at the Expo, we were pleased to find the level of interest in attendees wanting to know how to start a career in the hospitality industry, what is the Club industry all about, and who is Revesby Workers’? All worthwhile questions and one’s in which our team of human resources professionals were only too happy to address.

Since the June Expo, the human resources team have fielded many enquiries via email and phone from potential applicants, with already a couple of applicants on the cusp of becoming part of Revesby Workers’.

The opportunity to present what we do as an employer, as a community organisation and importantly as a local employer is not lost on our management team or staff, and we look forward to continuing to do our best for the South West of Sydney.

This terrific event is an initiative of Bankstown City Council and is supported by it partners Australian Business Academy and the Torch newspaper.

Our Treehouse Director

TreehouseDirector_Web_RWCBLOG_Portrait_450x555px_V23Revesby Workers are pleased to welcome Bernadette Hawkins to the Club as the new Director of Tree House Child Care Centre. Bernadette has over 20 years’ experience in the childcare industry and has worked at a number of organisations which provide quality care and has worked at a number of organisations which provide quality care and education to children. Bernadette has worked with FamilyDayCare schemes, KU Children, ABC Learning Centres and YMCA.

Bernadette is dedicated to providing high quality early childhood programs that involve the collaboration of children, families and educators in planning and developing meaningful learning for all children. She is committed to creating strong relationships between educators and families ensuring all children have wonderful opportunities for learning, development and growth.

Bernadette cannot wait to meet all the children at Tree House and work alongside a team that is as dedicated as she is about providing quality experiences and education for early learners.

Something Extra

WritersGroup_Web_RWCBLOG_Portrait_450x555px_V22Local, multi-award winning artist Fay Joseph A.R.A.S has generously donated her painting “Georges River at East Hills” to raise funds for Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital. The donation was initiated by the Revesby Writers’ Group. The fund raising is being organised by the Charity Committee, which will have this beautiful painting in display in the Club foyer.

Chris McIntyre

Chris_Web_RWCBLOG_Portrait_450x555px_V2Revesby Workers are pleased to welcome Christopher McIntyre to the club as new the Executive Chef. Chef Christopher joins Revesby Workers at an exciting time as the  new dining precinct nears completion and moves toward the grand opening.

Chef Christopher has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry in a diverse range in operational positions as Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager. He has worked in many areas of the hospitality industry including hotels, resorts restaurants and clubs.

He will be hands-on in the kitchen , cooking and leading the talented team of chefs at Revesby Workers. He will be responsible for the creation and innovation of the new menus within the new dining precinct.

Christopher is a dedicated chef who is passionate about plating beautiful food from locally grown produce. He will bring his culinary skills into kitchens of the new dining precinct with a focus on delivering exceptional food. Christopher will lead the team in creating extraordinary meals to meet and exceed the expectations of patrons for a whole new dining experience.

“I firmly believe in creating a great workplace and building a caring culture within the Food and Beverage department – where we can build strength in each other and grow as a whole”

“I believe that a menu should reflect both the passion of the Chef an the identity of the restaurant”

We welcome Christopher and look forward to tasting his exciting menus.

Revesby Workers’ Club host 2016 ClubGRANTS

Revesby Workers’ Club have proudly host the 2016 ClubGRANTS event which has recognised the many local organisations that make a big contribution to the lives of others in the community.

Revesby Workers’ and other local clubs have together help fund a total of $1,126,766.73 to local community organisations, sporting groups, schools and charities which develop programs and provide resources to better the lives of those who need it most in the community.

As a club, Revesby Workers’ supported 27 projects with a total funding of $412,241.75 going to organisations such as Bankstown City Aged Care, Coolaburoo Neighbourhood Centre, Broderick Gillawarna Special School and many more community groups.

The ClubGRANTS scheme is one of the largest and most effective grant programs in Australia that continues to provide funding to the community year after year.

Father’s Day Fun Run for Charity

Revesby Workers’ Father’s Day Charity Fun Run will be held on Sunday 4 September with an invitation open to the community to join in and raise money for Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital.

The new charity fun run, organised by Illawong Revesby Workers Athletics, is expected to draw a lot attendance from regular runners, families and friends and all the local community who want to have a run and give to charity.

Revesby Workers’ Vice President, John Rodwell encourages all members of the community to come along for the morning run.

“This new charity fun run should prove popular for regular runners and others who want to have a go and contribute to charity, in this case the Bansktown Lidcombe Hospital. It’s not just a day for dads, it’s a day for everyone to come together and have a bit of fun.”Mr Rodwell said.

“The organisers of the event are very experienced, having conducted the very successive Australia Day Charity Fun Run at Menai for many years. This run will start at Marco Reserve Panania and take the runners and walkers, around the adjacent Kelso sports areas.”

The fun run day is being held at 8am of Father’s Day, Sunday 4 September, providing an early family activity with plenty of time to celebrate more traditionally from mid-morning.

The run consists of two distances; a 3 km and an 8 km run or walk. Prizes will be awarded in junior categories for the 3 km run (up to 13, and 14-17) and in the 8 km race there are prizes for up to 34 years, and 35 years plus.

Entry fees for those up to 17 years is $10 (online) or $15 (on the day), and for 18 and older $20 (online) or $30 (on the day). Entry is open to all but a limit on numbers may need to be applied. The proceeds of the run will go to the Revesby Workers’ Charity Committee, which this year is again supporting the Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital.

For registration and more information, go to www.rwc.org.au/fathersdayfunrun