Staff at Bankstown Sports collect tips for White Ribbon Day
On Saturday November 23, Australia recognizes White Ribbon Day once again. It’s a time to reflect on how women are treated by men. White Ribbon Day organisers say for too long, violence against women has been a common problem, in fact over a third of Australian women aged 15 and over report experiencing some form of physical or sexual violence in their lives.
White Ribbon Day is a chance to raise this sensitive issue in our local community, to bring the issue out into the open to encourage change. Over the last few months all tips collected at Bankstown Sports Club have been donated to White Ribbon Day, a total of over $700 for this important awareness-raising day.
In addition, Bankstown Sports is sponsoring a Bankstown Council event, the inaugural Bankstown White Ribbon Tug o' war Cup on Friday 22 November from 12.30-2pm in Paul Keating Park. There’ll be a free BBQ lunch and a team of male staff from Bankstown Sports will take part.
If you’d like to get involved, you can go to whiteribbon.org.au or if you need more urgent help or advice of any sort call the 24 hour counselling service on 1800 737 732 or Lifeline on
Bankstown Sports Club and Bankstown Cricket Club
Wednesday 13 November, 2013
Over the past four years, Bankstown District Cricket Club has collected, and then shipped,three shipping containers full of old and unwanted cricket gear – bats, balls, pads, gloves, shoes etc – to Uganda for their players at all levels who will recycle your pre-loved gear. And we are doing it again and we need your help! Importantly, we will come to you to pick it up – not just in Sydney, but throughout NSW!
Bankstown Sports raises money for Zig Zag Railway
Wednesday 13 November, 2013
Many people in the Blue Mountains are still coming to grips with the loss of their homes and other property in the recent bushfire emergency. Sadly, a tourist icon, with significant links to Bankstown Sports Club, was also affected – the Zig Zag heritage railway near Lithgow.
The railway has sustained significant damage from the fires, so the club will raise money throughout the summer through its tip jars for bush fire relief, some of which will go to the railway. The club will match each tip from members and patrons, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.
The club’s Greenfield Station Bistro houses a large collection of memorabilia from the
According to Zig Zag Railway founding member, David Honer, “The fire travelled almost 35 kilometres in one day alone, destroying seven houses. All four of our standard gauge (accommodation) sleeping cars, six of our narrow (3’6”) gauge wooden revenue carriages and one rail motor, all stored in the depot, were destroyed, bringing the total loss to 11 vehicles. Only one steam locomotive suffered heat damage and about 1000 sleepers were burnt on the track, along with loss of the workshop’s office and other damage.”
Bankstown Sports CEO, Mark Condi, says “The collection of memorabilia held here at the club not only preserves a bygone era, it creates an authentic heritage railway station atmosphere enjoyed by our Greenfield Station patrons and visiting train enthusiasts. The losses from the recent fires have touched us all and so it is important for the club’s members, patrons and our staff to be able to help out in some way, large or small.”
Cricket stalwart Sharon Cooper honoured by Bankstown Sports
Friday 25 October, 2013
Sharon Cooper, a former cricket captain and long-time executive of Bankstown Sports Women’s Cricket Club was honoured with a Service to Sports Medal at the Annual Sports Executives Dinner on Monday.
Bankstown Sports Club is proud to support more than 40 sports clubs in the local area. Each year sports club representatives and more than 140 volunteers attend the Annual Sports Executives Dinner.
Sharon has been a member of the executive of the Women’s Cricket Committee since 1979 and was made a life member of the combined Bankstown Cricket Clubs in 1992. From 2000, Sharon joined the Junior Committee, taking on the role of treasurer for 5 years and also coaching mini and junior cricket teams.
“Bankstown Sports Club takes pride in acknowledging the amazing commitment of those who have contributed a lifetime of work building successful sporting clubs in our area. It is fantastic to have people like Sharon who so richly deserve this award,” said Bankstown Sports Club CEO Mark Condi.
“Each year, Bankstown Sports spends over a million dollars on supporting our local sporting clubs, both in cash and in kind. The kind of commitment on display by our sporting clubs shows that this money is well spent,” he said.
The dinner also included a spotlight on two sports clubs from Birrong, Birrong Sports Netball Club, which next year will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and Birrong Sports Football Club.
Birrong Football Club’s ‘Football through Friendship’ program runs with Bankstown sister city Suita in Japan. It saw 30 junior boys aged 11-14 billeted by local families for six days recently for a program of football.
Lung Cancer targeted with new machine
Bankstown Sports Club and Bankstown Trotting Club, through the ClubGRANTS program, have donated $95,000 to Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital for the purchase of an Endoscopic Bronchoscopy Ultrasound machine (EBUS).
This machine provides a definitive biopsy of lung cancer, in all areas of the lungs, reducing the need for two or more surgical procedures to do the same. It also allows doctors to biopsy previously inaccessible lesions.
In its funding submission, the hospital’s Respiratory Department Head, Dr Anthony Frankel, said “Despite the extensive media campaign in Australia against smoking, Bankstown Hospital is not seeing the expected reduction in deaths from lung cancer. The Bankstown area has a large number of recent immigrants who have high rates of smoking.
“The EBUS will aid in making an early diagnosis of lung cancer. Reducing the time for diagnosis should lead to greater survival time among lung cancer patients and the machine is expected to directly help up to 60 patients within the first 12 months of use.”
The hospital has already begun using the device.
Bankstown Sports CEO Mark Condi said that while it was unfortunate that smoking was still causing health problems in the community, the club was glad to offer its support.
“This is a meaningful way we can support our local health professionals to do a better job for their patients. We are proud of our longstanding association with the hospital, including our annual scholarships program for nurses, which has delivered $320,000 in the past eight years.
“The health of our community is enormously important and we are pleased to be able to help wherever we can,” he said.
Pedal power helps break cycle of poverty
Bankstown Sports’ donation of $1500 to Aussie charity Pedal Against Poverty is enough to pay for the meals of all the children attending the Joy of Cambodia Centre for about 25 weeks, according to the charity’s CEO, Pastor Mathew Le Claire.
The club has also donated $500 worth of prizes to Pedal Against Poverty’s forthcoming 24-hour Road Pedal fundraiser at the Bass Hill Criterion circuit on the weekend of October 12 and 13. The cycle relay will raise funds for impoverished children in Cambodia, Tanzania and India.
Bankstown Sports’ CEO Mark Condi says “Bankstown Sports is happy to play a part in this wonderful local event which combines outdoor exercise and family fun with raising money for a great cause. We are proud to be able to play a small part to help those worse off than us in other parts of the world.”
The 24-hour Road Pedal will see cyclists ride from 11am on Saturday October 12 to 11am Sunday in a relay format. All riders and support teams participating in the event will be able to camp overnight at the Bass Hill site.
This is Pedal’s 6th year in operation and the money raised will go to the Jehovah Jireh Centre and the Value Life Anti-Natal clinic in Cambodia as well as supporting desperately poor Dalit children in India. Additionally, Pedal is helping to maintain and develop a Child Development Centre for needy children in Tanzania.
Pastor Le Claire extended his thanks to the club, saying “Every bit helps and we are so grateful and blessed to receive such generosity from Bankstown Sports Club.”
Pedal Against Poverty has also received support from ABC Bikes, Merida, Rydges Hotel Bankstown, Nature’s Best and Event Cinemas at Liverpool, but the charity is hoping more organisations will come on board before the event.
To register for the event or donate, visit www.pedalagainstpoverty.com
Donations have kids jumping for joy
Wednesday 11th September, 2013
From now on, the grass will always be greener for the younger students at Bankstown Public School. Since the beginning of this term, the schools' Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students have been running out to enjoy their revitalised playground area covered in synthetic grass, thanks to Bankstown Sports Club.
The junior playground area for the younger students had been a constant dustbowl in summer and a muddy, slippery, unusable area in winter or when it rained. The area had exposed tree roots, was very uneven and the number of students accessing the area each day prevented any decent grass growing there.
"It was quite unhealthy and unsafe at times,” said retiring Principal Greg Mason. “The wind would get in there and swirl the dust around. We have 960 students and very limited play area, all of which is asphalt, so that area was heavily used.”
Through the ClubGRANTS program, Bankstown Sports Club donated $60,000 to the school to enable the playground area to be resurfaced with a soft, green and hard-wearing synthetic grass. The school fundraised a further $15,000 for the project.
The new surface covers a large area which the Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students use for both play breaks and for their fitness and sport lessons. Not only does this provide a safe and aesthetically pleasing experience for the younger students but it provides the same for the older students for outdoor lessons such as PE and fitness. The PSSA coaches also now have an amazing green space to train their teams on, much to the delight of all students.
Greg Mason said it made a significant difference to the children's playtime. “As the work was being finalised at the end of last term the kids were itching to get onto it. Just to have the capacity for a soft, safe, green area will be a marked improvement to the school. It looks great.”
Bankstown Sports CEO, Mark Condi, said “It’s gratifying to help create a safe and pleasant play space for the children. This project would have taken the school many years if they had to raise the funds solely through parent contributions.”
Kids taught to speak up at Condell Park
Tuesday 3rd September, 2013
An early intervention program to improve speech and language skills is making an “invaluable” difference to the abilities and behaviour of about 180 children in Years 1 and 2 at Condell Park Primary School.
Funded by $34,000 in ClubGRANTS from Bankstown Sports Club and Bankstown Trotting Club for the past two years, and with the involvement of Sydney University, the program addresses the high level of language difficulties among the school’s children, many of whom come from non-English speaking and low socio-economic backgrounds.
The school’s deputy principal, Natalia Greguric, says after the success of the program introduced last year, the school was keen to keep it going into 2014. “Research tells us that early intervention is the best way to prevent long-term language difficulties which can have a major impact on a child’s school
“Due to budget cuts, after Term 2 of Kindergarten, community health does not accept children referred for speech services any more. We have a disproportionate amount of children who need help and individualised speech therapy is very expensive,” Natalia says. “Literacy goes across all of our Key Learning Areas all day, every day. So it’s vitally important that children have a good grounding from an early age. Some children are borderline, so they are not identified formally as having a language disorder, but those are the ones who can quickly get left behind.”
The school hired Educational Speech Pathology and Therapy Services, whose practice manager, Sue Wilks, is also a clinical educator at Sydney University. Speech pathologist Bhargavi (Bee) Nirmal delivered speech therapy in the classroom and helped train the teachers on strategies to enhance
For instance, the school uses a dot system. Red dots are for students who have learning language problems, yellow dots are for students where some level of intervention is required and green dots are for students who are good role models.
When the speech pathologist is in the class, students work in groups of mixed ability. For example, the “speechie” might introduce four picture cards which illustrate a story – the children must work out what order the cards should be in.
“Questions are asked about what’s happening? Why should this card go first? The good role model goes first and the children use hand gestures and other techniques to show how a sentence can be strung together and expanded,” Natalia says.
Sue Wilks enhanced the program earlier this year by bringing six handpicked final year speech therapy students from Sydney University to work with the children across the seven Year 1 and 2 classes. This means a far greater adult to child ratio in class, so programs can be tailored based on the needs of the children. “Due to the clubs’ support of this program at our school, we are also playing an important part in the training of future health professionals,” Natalia says.
She adds: “Our teachers have all attended training to learn these techniques and Sue has also involved the parents as well so they can support their children at home. It’s been phenomenal for parents and staff. All the resources that have been created are on our server so they can be shared across the
“What we are also noticing is that when the children’s language abilities improve, their behaviour also improves because they are able to tell us more clearly about what their problems are or what happened in a particular circumstance.”
“This program could make all the difference to the lives of these children and ultimately to how they
Monday 13th May, 2013
Bankstown Sports Club has donated $40,000 to Nurses and Midwives at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital for a 2013 scholarship program to promote clinical excellence. The scholarships were awarded on International Nurses Day, today (May 13).
It’s the seventh year the club has made such a donation, which allows nurses and midwives to take part in further education as well as attending and presenting at international conferences.
This year’s 41 recipients will use the funding to undertake a variety of activities including attending conferences, such as the 11th International Conference for Emergency Nurses, the 10th National Australian Wound Management Association Conference, Palliative Care Nursing – Advanced Skills and the Update in Midwifery Practice Conferences. Some nurses are supported with further studies, such as Master’s and Bachelor’s programs. (See full list below).
Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services at Bankstown Hospital, Caroline Farmer, says “Bankstown Sports Club’s consistent support has made an enormous difference to our nursing and midwifery staff. It generates staff enthusiasm and improved practice, so our patients are the ultimate beneficiaries. As always, we are very grateful for the club’s continued support.”
Bankstown Sports CEO Mark Condi says “The scholarship program is a typical example of the club’s commitment to providing opportunities to people fulfilling vital roles in our community.
“Nurses and midwives are invaluable and we are pleased to be able to help enrich their professional lives, which will be of great benefit to the wider Bankstown community.”