Community

What makes the Wagga RSL unique?

We care – and we put our money where our mouth is.

Nearly half a million dollars was donated to a variety of community causes this past year. Think sport activities, health, schools, aged care, youth service and helping those in need… And we’re proud to say that this funding grows annually.

We emphasise the spirit of social responsibility and giving back – and our aim is to work together with the community to achieve worthwhile benefits for those who need it most.

To see a list of donations, click here.

Donations

Over $450 000 was donated to either sporting, community activities, counselling services, aged, disability or youth services, education, club facilities and in-kind donations over the last twelve months. A large proportion of this amount has been donated through Club Grants, over $360 000. The Club Grants scheme is designed to ensure that larger registered clubs in NSW contribute to the provision of front-line services and projects within their local communities.

Community welfare and social services

Forrest Centre – $40 000
Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge – $18 000
Learning Links Cash Housie – $15 000
The Cancer Council NSW – $12 500
Riverina Bluebell – $9 090
Kurrajong Waratah – $8 000
Returned Services League – $5 000
Willans Hill School – $4 225
Wagga Base Hospital – $4 210
War Widows Guild – $2 000
Lake Albert Bush Fire Brigade – $998

Community

Wagga Wagga City Council – $10 000
Australian War Memorial – $5 000
Rotary Club of Wagga – $2 727
Wagga School of Arts – $2 500
Wagga Lake Run & Ride – $1 500
Riverina Conservatorium of Music – $1 200
Riverina School of Strings – $500
Apex South Wagga – $454
Respect Awareness – $454

Sport

Murrumbidgee Turf Club – $12 480
Wagga RSL Cricket Club – $7 484
Southern Sports Academy – $6 000
Wagga Cycling Club – $5 000
NSW Clay Target Association – $4 090
Wagga Basketball Association – $1 818
Collingullie Glenfield Football Club – $1 240
East Wagga Kooringal Football/Netball Club – $300
Wagga Country Club – $990
Wagga Ten Pin Bowling Association – $909
Wagga Tigers Football Club – $900
Wagga Harness Racing- $400

Health

White Ribbon Ball – $4 545
Prostate Cancer Foundation – $2 500
Special Medical Research – $909

Club facilities

Wagga RSL Bowling Club – $193 181
Wagga RSL Children’s Crèche – $226 899
Free room hire for many community organisations – $61 040
Wagga RSL Courtesy Bus – $27 074

National commemoration

In a special effort to allow the greater Australian community to access and share in the Last Post Ceremony, the RSL & Services Club Association of NSW and RSL Victoria have joined forces with the Australian War Memorial to live stream the daily event into RSL clubs, sub-branches and homes around the country.

The live stream can also be seen on the Memorial’s website, courtesy of this partnership.

According to Mr Graeme Carroll, Chief Executive Officer of the RSL & Services Clubs Association, the live coverage of the ceremony allows members and guests at the various RSL clubs and licensed sub-branches to experience this poignant commemorative ceremony.

“The stories of these servicemen and servicewomen are part of Australia’s history and national identity. This agreement with the Memorial gives people around the country the opportunity to share in these commemorative ceremonies in their own clubs and licensed sub-branches, particularly on special commemorative days,” says Carroll.

The Last Post Ceremony is conducted 4:55pm daily in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area, beginning with the singing of the National Anthem, followed by the strains of a piper’s Lament. During the Lament visitors lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. Each ceremony shares the story of one of the more than 102 000 Australians whose names are recorded on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour. A short account of their life and circumstances is read by a uniformed member of the Australia Defence Force. The reading is followed by the Ode. The ceremony closes with a bugler’s performance of the Last Post before the doors to the Memorial’s Hall of Memory.

The Memorial’s Director, Dr Brendan Nelson, welcomed the partnership and said the live coverage of the Last Post Ceremony allows Australians to remember and honour the service and sacrifices of our servicemen and servicewomen.

“This ceremony is a symbol of the commitment of Charles Bean, Australia’s First World War official historian, to never forget their sacrifice,” says Dr Nelson.

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Relay for Life

Relay for life

2018’s Relay for Life was a roaring success, with the Wagga RSL & Commercial Club’s energetic team of 44 walkers joining a sea of purple for a good cause! Our team of staff, friends and children walked over 3450kms and raised almost $1,400.

The Wagga RSL & Commercial Club was once again the major sponsor of the event, contributing over $50,000 towards Relay for Life. It gives us enormous satisfaction to support our community and share in so many stories, memories, laughter and tears of those who took part.

More than $105,0000 was raised in 2018 – well done Wagga!