Bankstown Sports Club, RSAC, disability
RSAC is an unfunded, community-based organisation whose sole aim is to provide social activities, sport, recreation and other opportunities for people aged 4-70 years, who are living with a disability. Their mission is to be a leading-edge provider of services that promote quality of life and inclusion to people with disabilities, their carers and their families. Close to 1,000 people use their programs every year, but the organisation does not receive any regular funding and relies on fundraising events, community grants and participant contributions.
Some of the regular programs run by RSAC include swimming lessons, cooking classes, basketball, bocce, cricket, drama and dance, carpet bowls, soccer, tenpin bowling, tennis, social clubs, discos, school holiday programs and family activities. These are run by a team of dedicated volunteers who give up their time each week to ensure these activities go ahead.
Bankstown Sports Club is a major sponsor of RSAC. Each year we contribute more than $100,000 of in-kind support by providing cleaning services, maintenance, installation, staff man-hours and rent for their building space. Their annual expenses amount to around $380,000 per annum and Jenny Bombardieri, Executive Officer at RSAC, says they would not exist without help from organisations like Bankstown Sports.
“The provision of the grant for this space is pivotal to our ability to develop and undertake the many projects and activities that help to educate, support and enrich the lives of people with a disability.
“Participating in RSAC activities changes people’s lives. Our members learn new skills, become fitter and healthier, they make friends, expand their knowledge of the community and see what they can achieve. They develop a support network which includes coaches, volunteers, peers and carers; people they can relate to”.
RSAC is run by a team of volunteers, who generously give up their time each week to supervise dozens of programs and classes. Some of these volunteers have been with the organisation since it began, while others have been helping out for over 15 years.
“The value that our volunteers bring goes beyond just helping in an activity; their passion, dedication and interest in our cause drives our ability to provide the services that best meet the needs of people with disabilities in the community”.
There are currently 450 people enrolled in RSAC’s programs and classes, with 80 active volunteers and many others who help out every now and then. If you would like more information about RSAC, visit http://www.disabledsportrsac.org.au/