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 $580,000 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. 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

The Cancer Council NSW – Wagga Relay for Life – $13,750
Need for Feed Drought Relief – $7,560
Emergency Services Cadets – $5,000
Kurrajong Waratah – $1,500
Life Education – $10,500
Linden place – $5,100
Relationships Australia – $10,000
Riding for the Disabled – $2,100
Southern Medical Resources Foundation – $1,500
Wagga Community Blitz – $2,000
War Widows Guild – $2,000
Willans Hill School – $14,247
Shine for Kids – $5,000

Community

Coffs Ex Services Crew Foundation – $500
Jeans for Gene’s Day – $149
Respect Week – $500
Wagga Gumi Festival – $500
Wagga Mardi Gras – $500
Wagga Wagga Breast Friends – $125
Long Table Event – $500
NSW Police Officer of the Year – $500
Wagga Golf Club – $900
Wagga School of Arts – $1,600
Wollundry Food and Wine Festival – $5,000

Sport

League Tag – $500
Murrumbidgee Turf Club – $7,055
NSW State Skeet Carnival – $1,800
Southern Sports Academy – $6,600
Wagga Kangaroos Fotball Club – $3,000
Wagga Lake Run – $1,500
Wagga RSL Cricket Club – $5,000
Coolamon Rovers Football Club – $2,500
Wagga Golf Club – $220
Wagga Harness Racing Club – $550
Wagga Tigers Football Club – $990

Health

Country Hope – $165
Healthy Kids – $6,867
Prostrate Cancer Foundation – $1418.17
Sturt Public School – $1,500
Wagga Public School – $2,655

Education

RSL Branch Scholarship – $5,000
Wagga Wagga Public School – $500

Club facilities

Wagga RSL Bowling Club – $204,946
Free room hire for many community organisations – $9,500
Wagga RSL Courtesy Bus – $204,946
Wagga RSL Kids Club – $28,537

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 345kms 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!