There’s that particular moment when watching International Cricket that I’m sure many of my fellow Primary Club of Australia members have experienced. It’s the moment of disappointment when an Australian cricketer gets out first ball followed by a moment of satisfaction knowing that this means Primary Club members will be making a donation that will make a difference to our charitable causes. I think it’s also safe to assume that our members have a similar moment of disappointment when an Australian cricketer gets out second ball followed by the thought … “bugger”.
Alas, whether it’s a donation that comes from a Golden Duck or a donation that comes from the heart, when it comes to donating, I’ve always been satisfied knowing that 100% of my donation to the Primary Club of Australia to our charities.
Photos Jimmy Smith,
popular NRL player turned commentator
joined members of the Primary Club
Committee at the launch of playground
equipment at Tallowood School, Kellyville (lower left);
Two photos of students playing on the
donated equipment at the Port Phillip
Specialist School; At the Chalmers Road
School, Strathfield, committee members
Benjamin Richards (left) and Lindy Stuart
(centre) along with Karyn Tzapu, Assistant
Principal (2nd right) and the school captains.
Unfortunately one aspect of donating to a charity is not being able to experience the difference that my donation makes. While I know that my donation will make a difference to organisations supporting people with disabilities, ultimately I came to accept that I would never really know the difference my donation will make.
In the Primary Club we give members updates of our charitable donations via the Annual Report, on our website and in our newsletters but it was never the same as experiencing it for myself.
So when I joined the Primary Club of Australia committee 10 years ago, I was thrilled to take several opportunities on behalf of the members to visit the organisations that we donated to and experience the difference that we make first hand.
This year fellow Committee member and head of the Charities Committee Lindy Stuart and I visited Chalmers Road School in Strathfield and Tallowood School in Kellyville to celebrate the opening of the new play equipment donated by the Primary Club members. Both schools cater for students with special needs.
Tallowood School received a grant from us in late 2013 for over $50,000 worth of playground equipment for the 100+ moderate to severe intellectually disabled children to use during their recess and lunch times.
Chalmers Road School, a small public school of 70+ moderately to severely intellectually disabled children, received a grant over $35,000 for a soft fall surface for their playground.
Openings usually involve The Primary Club of Australia being acknowledged in front of the children, teachers and support staff on a regular school day followed by an opportunity for the students to play on the equipment. Deb Swinton from Tallowood School said that the children have been loving having the equipment in the area and it was being used during class time as well as at breaks.
What was extraordinary about our visits was seeing the children playing on the donated equipment. The children would often come over, take us by the hand and insist that we played on the equipment with them. There was little question that our donations were making a big difference as we had provided a fun and interactive environment for the children to play in.
So, on behalf of all the people who have benefited from your donations, I thank the members of the Primary Club of Australia for your continued generosity towards the club, thus allowing us to continue to make a difference for organisations supporting people with disabilities.
New play equipment for Tallowood School
New playground: Tallowood School pupil Zac and Primary Club patron and former Sydney Roosters player Jimmy Smith make use of a hammock installed with the help of a grant from the organisation. Picture: Natalie Roberts
TALLOWOOD School had just one trampoline and one small area of equipment before The Primary Club of Australia came to play.
The Kellyville school, which has 98 students from kindergarten to year 12 with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities enrolled, received a grant of $58,480 from the organisation to install new play equipment.
Deputy principal Deb Swinton said the children had made use of the double slippery dip, hammock and spinner — a circular swing which responds to gravity and movement — in lessons and at lunchtimes.
"They might do circuits where they'll have a swing and go down the slippery dip," she said.
"We encourage a lot of physical activity for the children who can because a lot of them traditionally don't have access to formal sport.
"For the younger kids we have to teach them how to play and share, so they take turns on the equipment.
"The children with autism often play in a parallel way so we encourage them to have positive interactions with each other and the play equipment really helps."
Mrs Swinton said the children loved the play equipment.
"The hammock is very calming, so it's good for helping them manage their emotions and behaviour as well."
Primary Club charity development manager Geoff Verco said the organisation comprising former professional cricket and other sports players aimed to provide sporting and recreational facilities for people with a disability.
This can include hydrotherapy pools as well as general sporting equipment.
"We fit in where other funding sources dry up," Mr Verco said.
The Primary Club of Australia were thrilled to be at the official opening of Luke's Place at Corrimal on the Illawarra coast. We were most grateful that Steve Price, St George Dragons coach, also attended representing the Primary Club and the RL community.
The Wollongong Mayor and the Minister for Disability Services performed the opening.
The Primary Club funded $8,100 via Touched by Olivia Foundation for some of the playground equipment. The Foundation's mission is to create safe and secure playgrounds, where children of all abilities are able to play together in an integrated space.
The Primary Club Of Australia over the past 40 years has donated over $5 Million to charities throughout Australia.
Students, staff and family members celebrated the opening of the special playground at North Rocks Public School on June 28.
The Primary Club was represented at the opening by several sporting legends. Alyssa is in the current Southern Stars squad of women cricketers touring the UK, and is the NSW Breakers keeper/batsman. Bryan, a current identity on “The Footy Show”, played 13 games of rugby league for Australia, representing NSW on 14 occasions and played over 200 first grade games for the Roosters, Rabbitohs and Wigan; while Mick Gillett played over 160 games for the Panthers, Tigers and London Broncos. Both Bryan and Mick played in our last Marathon Cricket event at the SCG and expressed their delight at being invited to view the new playground at North Rocks.
North Rocks Public School provides quality education to its students in eighteen classes for mainstream children. Additionally, the school has a special education class for about 30 moderately intellectually disabled students. A separate playground has been constructed using safe materials and softfall surfaces for the latter group. Mainstream children are encouraged to join the disabled kids at play as part of the latter’s integration and learning process.
Since 1974, The Primary Club of Australia has donated over $5 Million dollars to charity organisations around Australia who support people with disabilities. In 2014 dollars that figure is $8 Million dollars.
The Primary Club of Australia has a dedicated Charity Committee that reviews each request for funds to ensure that we get best value from all donations we make. If possible, we received three quotes from suppliers.
Below are some of the donations The Primary Club of Australia has made on your behalf:
ST EDMUNDS WAHROONGA, $40,600.00
New artificial turf surface for playground NEW SURFACE FOR PLAYGROUND
SCOPE VIC. $2,500.00
Cricket and sporting equipment
VIC BLIND CRICKET, $2,824.00
Cricket Balls and Blind cricket equipment
TOUCHED BY OLIVIA, $8,100.00
LITTLE BY LITTLE, $25,000.00
THE NEATE SWIM SCHOOL, $3,000.00
Rash Vests and Tents
Aspect Hunter School $69,185
A large covered playground with softfall synthetic surface used by the students.
Aspect is one of Australia’s leading not-for-proﬁt service providers, helping people with autism and other disabilities and their families since 1966 (below)
Special Olympics Qld $2,500
Wheelchair Sports NSW, Putney $17,190
Six basketball wheelchairs
These wheelchairs are specifically made and will be used for new and developing players.
Sunnyfield, Castle Hill, $4,686
Exercise equipment for the occupants of one of their homes for intellectually disabled boys in Castle Hill.
North Rocks Public School $15,000
Playground – Click here to read the article about the donation
Special Olympics Australia, Newcastle, $4,500
Trophies and soccer goal posts for the Junior National Games in which 350 disabled young athletes will compete over 5 days.
The Hills School, Northmead $20,040
Bike shed and Bikes. (The Hills School uses a variety of bikes for students and a shed to house them )
Scope (Vic), Box Hill Vic $1,200
Equipment for Balloon Football League and Modified Cricket program.
Sailability NSW, Jannali NSW $9,000
Sailability approached The Primary Club of Australia informing us that some second hand sails were available having been used only once before . In purchasing these sails we saved the members of the Primary Club over $11,000 on buying them new.
Catholic Care $415
Recreational equipment to assist recreation for patients at Dorothy Sales Cottages, a home for 8 individuals plus a respite bed. Equipment included Pool Plinth, Balls, witches hats and cones.
Clarke Road School, Hornsby $40,818
Two playgrounds and softfall surface
Sydney Children’s Foundation $12,615
The Primary Club of Australia donated to Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation in Randwick, Pediatric Mobility Equipment, comprising of 9 wheelchairs for use of the children when they are in hospital receiving treatment.
Special Olympics Southern Highlands, $1,881
Cricket equipment – bats, pads, awards, clothing, etc. This equipment was featured in the May Newsletter.
Sailability VIC, The Boatshed, Albert Park $12,500
Two Access 2,3 Sailboats, complete with sail decal for their Albert Park centre (below)
becomes the latest English Test player to score the dreaded Primary (Melbourne, 28th December)! He joins Alistair Cook
(Perth), Stuart Broad
(Adelaide), Jimmy Anderson
(Adelaide) and Matt Prior
(Brisbane), who suffered this fate this season.
In England, Trent Bridge (10th July 2013), England's Steven Finn
scored a dreaded primary and a few days later, Jonathon Trott
too joined him in the club. Prior
joined them in the 4th Test played at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.
The members of the Primary Club of Australia donate a $5 "fine" to the charity every time an Australian cricketer gets a first ball duck - a Golden .. a Primary (call it what you will) .. but the Ashes is a special event in the heart of all cricketers and the members of the Primary Club of Australia have said they will be willing to donate $10 every time they see an English Golden Duck!
How do you do this?
You can join the Primary Club of Australia by clicking the link to the right.
Or you can donate directly to the charity via the link to the right.
Remember that 100% of tax deductible donations go directly to the charities we support.
Join the Primary Club of Australia.
Donate to the Primary Club of Australia
Since the first Test Match between Australia and England in 1877, there have been countless occasions where batsmen have fallen first ball - the dreaded Golden Duck.
When the Primary Club of Australia took up the challenge to raise money for sporting and recreational equipment for people with disabilities in 1974 - we looked to the dreaded Australian Golden Duck as an opportunity to raise this money.
37 years later - the Primary Club of Australia is again creating a new challenge - this time involving cricket teams from around Australia, coming together to raise money for the Primary Club of Australia through your Golden Ducks.
The 2013-14 Cricket season is upon us, and The Primary Club's President, ABC Commentor and cricket legend, Jim Maxwell, invites all players across to country to come together in the event that a team mate scores a Golden Duck and has a whip around in the name of unfortunate player for the Primary Club of Australia.
Money raised can be donated via our "Donate Now" link you'll see to the right.
We'll also have certificates available that you can print out and present to the 'unlucky' player to acknowledge his or her contribution.
The Special Olympics NSW Cricket team travelled to Adelaide to compete in the Inaugural Special Olympics Australia cricket tournament over the 9-10 February 2013.
The event included an opening ceremony on the Friday night and two games of 20/20 cricket as part of the competition. On Saturday night, the athletes did a lap of honour on the historic Adelaide Oval during the dinner break of the Ryobi Cup one-day cricket match between South Australia and Victoria.
All athletes and team supporters were accommodated together at the TAFE International Accommodation.
Special Olympics South Australia worked closely with the South Australian Cricket Association to ensure the tournament was a success and it is hoped this will become an annual competition.
The Special Olympics NSW Cricket team says it was a wonderful time for their athletes and carers. The boys performed admirably and won the bronze medal. They defeated ACT and SA, but lost narrowly to QLD and VIC and was still in the mix for gold up to the last match.
The cricket kit The Primary Club of Australia funded was well appreciated and all that used the equipment commented on the quality of this new gear. The photos below show the team in their team uniforms over the weekend.
Neville Bajzath, NSW State Development Manager, Special Olympics Australia
To make an online donation to the Primary Club's Charities Trust and help kids and adults with a disability live their dream of playing sport and experiencing regular exercise, using your American Express, Visa or MasterCard, simply click on either www.trybooking.com/baei
All donations above $2 are tax deductible. A receipt will issued automatically.
The Primary Club of Australia Inc
An organisation providing sporting and recreational facilities for people with disabilities.
Registered Charity No. CFN 10757
ABN No. 88 136 792 377
The Primary Club of Australia Inc
PO Box 783
Pennant Hills NSW 1715
phone: (02) 9980-2525
(please contact the office if you need to fax anything to the Primary Club of Australia).
Playground helps kids learn
BY SALLY LEE
21 Jun, 2011 01:12 PM
IT WAS out with the old and in with the new for Aspect Western Sydney School in Wetherill Park.
Students and staff from the school are enjoying new and improved play equipment which allows "a bit of time out" says co-ordinator Tina-Louise Angus.
Last year the school received more than $58,000 from the Primary Club of Australia, a charity that helps other registered charities purchase sporting and recreational equipment and resources for people with a disability.
"I was ready to rock'n'roll once we got the funding," Ms Angus said.
"With the donation we were able to renovate and revamp the old playground which had 1980s-style equipment."
Convenor of the charity committee of the Primary Club of Australia, Lindy Stuart, said the new playground and equipment not only gave the children a physical activity space but it was also "specifically designed and chosen to engage children with autism".
"Its aim was to provide a safe and functional outdoor learning environment to be used for sensory development and for the development of social skills, life skills and gross motor skills," she said.
"The ultimate goal of the Aspect Western Sydney School is for students to progress to the point where they can move on to an Aspect satellite class and then move to the mainstream school system.
"Social and communication skills are integral to cope in this system and an inviting and challenging playground supports their ability to develop these skills."
The school caters for pupils aged four to 16.
Next Page »