Community Catch Up

There is no doubt that this year has not turned out like any of us had planned. It has been a test of both resilience and the human spirit.

As a member of our Community we have a responsibility to help each other, protect each other and build each other up as much as possible.

Back in February when I wrote my last column for the Autumn edition we were busy making plans for the year ahead, we were approaching our 6th birthday celebrations had launched the Club Taree Community Team Community Grants. Both of which were washed up in the cancellations that have plagued 2020 to date.

One of the hardest decisions at the time was to cancel le Tour de Taree. As a Team we have worked so hard on this initiative every year since it started back in 2014. We started le Tour originally to mirror le Tour de France – I still remember being in that meeting when we said hey lets ride the same distance – it will be fun. And fun it has been, but balanced perfectly by also being challenging, engaging, and most importantly successful – for Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW.

le Tour de France was also cancelled, then postponed. As restrictions lifted we saw that maybe, just maybe we could reinstate le Tour in a revised format that would still allow us to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW.

This year will be unlike any year. Originally we had grand plans for the 2020 Tour which would lead us to new milestones. We have paired that back, on the premise that any funds we raise will be funds that RMHCNNSW didn’t have should we have not gone ahead. It is a stark reality that during the pandemic children have not stopped getting sick or injured, and their families have not stopped needing support.

So this year we are calling on you more than ever for your support, in a year that RMHCNNSW needs our support the most we are limited to the ways that we can fundraise, our events are limited and our access to the community has tightened. But the good news is that you can help, and together we can make a difference.

Throughout the Club there are numerous ways that you can support, whether it be through buying an official le Tour de Taree Cookie next time you visit the café ($5 straight to RMHCNNSW – and you get a delicious commemorative cookie, order a case of wine through the Tamburlaine wine fundraiser ($50 from each case goes to RMHCNNSW), you can sponsor a rider, you can make a donation, just to name a few.

We have tried to make the fundraising initiatives this year as diverse as possible, even going ‘old school’ with both a pie drive and a Tupperware party.

Our launch Trivia night has sold out as we write this – 4 weeks in advance. This year we are restricted to the number of attendees, and have strict protocols to follow – we are however working very hard to make sure the event is fun, engaging and challenging. This year we have been humbled by the support we have received from businesses and suppliers from all over the country and have so far been donated over $12,000 worth of items for our Silent Auction which will be held on the night. There is a huge cross section of items up for grabs – we will be launching a teaser on social media in the lead up to the event – so take a look and if you are not attending maybe you have a friend attending who can bid on your behalf.

We cannot wait for this year’s le Tour and look forward to engaging with your throughout the 6th annual event. I would like to offer a massive thank you to the Team for their enthusiasm, support and commitment to le Tour de Taree each year none so more than 2020 which we have commemoratively named – The Covid Edition

Over the last few months a number of our Team Members have been participating in the Cancer Councils Transport to Treatment Program. This program ensures that local Cancer Patients who have no means of travel have access to free transport to their Cancer Treatment. Kristie-lea, Amanda, Erin and myself have all enjoyed being part of this rewarding initiative.

We know that a lot of community organisations have struggled over the last few months. Many have needed to protect the safety of their volunteers, many have had access to funds cut, and many have struggled with increasing demand for support. In closing I just wanted to offer a personal thanks to everyone who is a volunteer in our community – and I know there are many. You continued commitment to our community is appreciated.

Paul Allan

Brand and Communication Manager

Club Taree Community Team Leader