Archive for year: 2017

Local Schools Receive A Financial Boost

Local Schools Receive A Financial Boost

It was great to see a fantastic turnout of local school representatives at our annual “Schools Cheque Presentation” for 2017. Club President, Daryl Melham (AM) hosted the ceremony in which 28 local schools each received a cheque from Revesby Workers’ Club to the value of $3000. This year’s total donated to the support of education in the local community was $84,000. This brings the grand total of funding since this projects inception in 1995 to $1,326,000 (One Million, three hundred and twenty six thousand dollars!)

The Cheque presentation also gives the opportunity for the representative to share some morning tea and have a catch up with their peers. We heard from school representatives as to how they would spend the money and how difficult it was to raise such funds through regular fundraisers within the school community.  These much needed funds help ease the pressure of already cash strapped schools and give injections into projects that the institutions hope to deliver into the future.

We look forward to next year’s presentation as we continue our commitment of helping to fund just a small part of education in our local community and beyond.

Revesby Workers’ WINS Award For Iconic Partnership

Award For Iconic Partnership

Revesby Workers’ Club has taken out the award in the Health And Wellbeing Section of the Clubs NSW, Clubs And Community Awards for our “Iconic Partnership” with Icon Cancer Care.

Revesby Workers’ is dedicated to supporting, assisting and educating the local community by partnering with organisations such as, Icon Cancer Care, to ensure that everybody has access to critical, life-saving cancer treatment that is in “high need” in the Local Government Area. Revesby Workers’ and Icon Cancer Care have established an iconic partnership fostering a common mission of looking after those in the community that are in most need of cancer care.

Revesby Workers’ partnership with Icon Group was heavily influenced by the need to care for its aging and growing members and especially those in the community that have been diagnosed with cancer. As a Club, providing the space for a private cancer care facility has seen great benefits to the patients. These benefits include free parking at Revesby Workers’ Club, close to public transport including airport train line and use of the Club facilities such as various dining outlets, access to Revesby Village Centre shops and The Medical Centre.

We are extremely proud of this award, however more so what the Icon Cancer Care Centre brings to the local community and it’s Cancer patients.

Bel Cibo Italian Masterclass Gets The Thumbs Up!

Bel Cibo Italian Masterclass Gets The Thumbs Up!

On Tuesday 26 September we held the 3rd instalment of our Bel Cibo Masterclasses for September. The group learnt how to cook and prepare a 4-course taste explosion under the guidance of our experienced Chefs from Bel Cibo Italian. They started with a Fried Calamari for Starter, Entree was a specially prepared Char-grilled Rockmelon salad with heirloom tomatoes prosciutto burrata and salsa verde. A roasted chicken breast with ricotta, pumpkin puree, potato puree baby beets and pancetta for main, all topped off with a warm chocolate pudding for dessert. To say that the group had a fantastic time would be an understatement! Check out the pictures of the night below.

Kids Learn How to Make Pasta – The Real Way!

Check Out Our New Budding Chefs!

Forget store bought stuff! We now have a number of local children destined for culinary stardom after their Pasta Making Classes at Revesby Workers’ Club yesterday. The Kids learnt how to make pasta from scratch, cooked a Bolognese sauce and had a great time tasting their creations. Great fun had by all under the supervision and guidance of our Chefs. Congratulations to our new graduates, we hope you all had a great time!

Art For Parkinson’s Exhibition

‘When I’m painting I forget about my Parkinson’s and it forgets about me’

Sunday 24 September saw the official opening of the Art for Parkinson’s Group exhibition by Revesby Workers’ Club President, Daryl Melham.

Revesby Workers’ funded the Parkinson’s NSW ‘Art for Parkinson’s Group’ under the ClubGRANTS program, which supports community health services, the disadvantaged, junior sport and large-scale infrastructure projects.

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 Group is making a significant contribution to the improvement of health for those suffering with Parkinson’s disease.

Revesby Workers’ have once again supported this worthy program through their ClubGRANTS for 2017. 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 on how to get involved in this fabulous project contact Wendy Davis, Art for Parkinsons | Parkinson’s NSW | t:   0415 361 991.

Bill Bullard Charity Committee Raises In Excess of $100k For Worthy Recipients



Revesby Workers’ Club has a proud history of supporting charities around and within its local community and this year was no different.

Each year the Club’s ‘Bill Bullard Charity Committee’, a team of dedicated volunteers, give their precious time to assist in fundraising for the various community groups.

The charity committee is named after former Club Director (1977) and President (1982), Noel Edward (Bill) Bullard, a tireless worker for less privileged people, who passed in 1995.

‘During his time as President, Bill Bullard maintained his acute interest in charity work. Genuinely selfless in his application to so many needy causes, Bullard was a resourceful promoter of charity events and the necessity for club members to support those less fortunate’.
Source: ‘True to our Traditions’, compiled by G. Lester.

Each year the committee hosts a finale event to present the money raised to these worthwhile community groups. This year’s recipients were;

Bankstown Hospital received a cheque for $85,665 for their Renal Care Unit providing specialised care in kidney disease, hypertension, transplantation, and dialysis. The funds will be used to purchase the following much needed treatment equipment;

  • TekMed HD03-CO Transonic Flow Meter
  • H4FX Flow Sensor
  • DTM-CO Data Transfer Module
  • Philips TC50 Cardiograph
  • Drager Oxylog 3000+ Transport Ventilator

This new equipment will allow the unit to treat patients more effectively and with greater precision.

In addition to this contribution a further $20,000 was raised and donated to ‘Beautiful Minds Bankstown’ at Banks House Mental Health Unit for the refurbishment of the Recreation Room.

Beautiful Minds is a group of dedicated community volunteers who chare a passion about supporting, advocating and raising awareness for mental health recovery in the Bankstown area and are committed to breaking down stigma and promoting community involvement.

Over the years there have been many worthy recipients of the Bill Bullard Charity Committees hard work, such as; Multiple Sclerosis Society, Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Foundation, Revesby South Frail Aged Homes, Bankstown East Hills Handicapped Association, South Bankstown Frail Aged Care, Casuarina Lodge, Children’s Hospital Leukaemia Research, National Heart Foundation, Ageing and Alzheimer’s Association, Tourette’s Syndrome, Children’s Hospital-Hydrotherapy Pool, Bankstown City Nursing Home, Whitehall Children’s Home, St Johns Ambulance, New Children’s Hospital-Westmead, Camp Quality, Youth Off The Streets, Asthma NSW and Care Flight just to name a few.

For 2018 the Charity Committee has committed to fund three (3) worthy recipients; Bankstown Hospital, Beautiful Minds and the Asbestos Disease Research Institute (ADRI).

Asbestosis, along with Mesothelioma, are two of the most lethal forms of suffering. Australia has the world’s highest incidence of malignant mesothelioma per capita, with more than 600 new cases diagnosed each year, which is due to the widespread use of the known carcinogen, asbestos.

The ADRI’s research is focused on basic, clinical and epidemiological aspects of asbestos-related diseases. New insight will be translated into more effective ways of prevention, better, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and novel treatment approaches.

Asbestos was the main comonent in a common cladding and building material known as ‘Fibro’. ‘Fibro’ was used extensively in the early 1980’s, until it was eventually phased out once it’s carcinogenic properties came to light. Unfortunately, by this stage the damage had already been done, with workers exposed to the deadly fibres – which were passed on to their families through the washing of clothing which contained these fibres.

Revesby Workers’ is proud to be associated with research, as this disease has affected the lives of several Club members, including former Director and President Patrick (Pat) Rogan.

East Hills VIEW Club

In 1960, George Forbes, then General Secretary of The Smith Family, saw the potential for an organisation which allowed women from all walks of life to develop interests outside the home, providing friendship, education and mental stimulation. At the same time he hoped to offer these women the means to assist others less fortunate through The Smith Family.

At a time when women were discouraged from having a voice in the community, George believed society needed a better balance in decision-making processes at the local, state and national governance levels. He believed that this imbalance could be rectified through the creation of a supportive network of women that worked across these levels.

View STANDS FOR Voice, Interests and Education of Women, and it supports the work done by the Smith Family with disadvantaged Australians through their fundraising initiatives. The Learning for Life Programme has expanded enormously over the years. This initiative helps disadvantaged students in all educational sectors to achieve to their potential. This is carried out in a variety of ways: by the sponsorship of individual students, by providing educational aids to some schools and by running programmes within schools to improve numeracy and literacy levels. There is also a programme to assist parents in supporting their children.

Participation in VIEW is suitable for all women who want to meet regularly, establish new friendships, engage in social activities and outings and contribute to the fundraising for the Learning for Life Programme.

Meetings of East Hills VIEW Club are held on the third Monday of each month at 10.45 at the Revesby Workers Club. There is usually an interesting guest speaker after lunch.

We look forward to welcoming new members. If you would like further information phone Bev Cheal on 0412 500 557.

ClubGRANTS 2017 Presentation

The Revesby Workers’ Club, ClubGrants Committee were on hand today to present the Bankstown community with a cheque for $410,030.

For 2017, The Club’s Committee spent numerous hours reviewing all ClubGRANTS applications to ensure that the Club’s funding is well dispersed to a range of services, meeting various needs throughout the community.

The Whitlam Institute were one one the main recipients for funding through Revesby Workers’ ClubGrants (pictured with our Committee) with other recipients for 2017 listed below.

  • East Hills Men’s Shed
  • Caroline Chisholm Special School
  • Rainbow Club Revesby
  • Stroke Recovery Group
  • iShine Church
  • Bowel Care
  • Bankstown City Aged Care
  • Parkinsons NSW
  • Bankstown Community Resource Group Inc.
  • Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport
  • George Bass School P&C Association Incorporated
  • Broderick Gillawarna School
  • Coolaburoo Neighbourhood Centre Inc
  • Bankstown Koori Elders Group inc
  • Learning Links
  • East HIlls Public School P&C Association
  • St John Ambulance Australia (NSW)
  • Bankstown Hospital

Do Something Day A Success – Celebrating An Iconic Partnership

On Wednesday 19 July 2017, Revesby Workers’ Club hosted a 2GB live broadcast in recognition of “Do Something Day”. Ben Fordham, the much loved broadcaster and television host, was on hand to lend his support for the cause- with the much anticipated launch of “Ben’s Bangers”. This was a 2GB wide competition that saw many entries to determine what would constitute the most favourite of all sausage recipes from their listeners. For a gold coin donation, patrons could try one of Ben’s Bangers in a roll & all proceeds were donated to the Asbestos Diseases Foundation. The Club and Clubs NSW matched the amount of money raised, hundreds of dollars worthy cause!

Revesby Workers’ Club didn’t stop there when it came to Do Something Day. “Book It Forward” was an initiative that involved the collection of new or lightly used books, that could be donated to local schools, Charities & The NEWLY OPENED  Icon Cancer Centre in Revesby.  Dr. Robin Weeks, the founder of Brigadoon Medical Centre, worked tirelessly over a three year period to see that The Icon Cancer was established in its current location due to the lack of Oncology support and treatment in the area. Edward Camilleri, CEO of Revesby Workers’ Club was also instrumental in cementing this partnership and commitment to the community. ~  We are Proud to say that we collected thousands of books during this initiative, a testament to the local community and the Members of Revesby Workers’ Club who donated in force!

Health Mates Fitness Centre also joined the collection brigade, raising much needed funds by serving porridge at breakfast and soup during the evening, all for a donation to cancer research.

It is with the support of all of our Members and the local community that days like “Do Something Day” are a huge success. A big thanks goes out to all involved including Staff, Members, the local community and of course Ben Fordham and the 2GB crew whose professionalism  and passion for the cause was evident for all to see. We are already gearing up to make “Do Something Day” even bigger next year!

We Are Off To The Finals – Clubs & Community Awards 2017

Revesby Workers’ Club has been nominated as a Finalist in the Clubs and Community Awards five times in four different categories in 2017.

Clubs in collaboration – For our ongoing support of Bankstown City Aged Care.

Disability, Welfare & Social Inclusion – We are nominated twice in this category, firstly for Season Of Giving, this nomination is for providing sensory Santa photo sessions, which provide opportunities for children on the Autism Spectrum and those with intellectual disabilities to visit Santa in a low noise and low stress environment. Many children with special needs find it difficult and distressing at this time of the year when surrounded by excessive noise and crowds to engage appropriately in Christmas activities in shopping centres and other locations. Providing a calm and quiet atmosphere in which to visit Santa allows these children the best possible opportunity to celebrate Christmas. Secondly for our Iconic Partnership, whereby Revesby Workers Club has teamed up with Icon Cancer Centre to provide much needed oncology support in the local area.

Education – For our ongoing support of local education.

Health & Wellbeing – Our Health Mates Fitness Centre, providing fitness for all ages.

We are extremely excited in being nominated as a finalist in these awards, as we strive for excellence in our vision, innovation & passion for the community at large. The awards dinner will be held on Sunday 15 October 2017, and although we are excited and pleased by our nominations, it is the outcomes of the hard work and dedication that that are the true awards.