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.