The Primary Club of Australia’s donation to Aspect Western Sydney School at Wetherill Park

June 6, 2011 by  

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The Primary Club were thrilled to be able donate on behalf of the members of our charity – special playground equipment  to the Aspect Western Sydney School at Wetherill Park – a school that provides specialised evidence-based programs for children aged 4 to 16 with autism spectrum disorder, who require an autism-specific program.

Aspect builds confidence and capacity in people with ASD, their families and communities by providing information, education and other services. The primary focus of the schools is to equip students with the skills to become as independent as possible and enable them to transition into more inclusive settings and caters for approximately 113 students across the Western and South Western Sydney Region.

The Primary Club has made donations to many Aspect schools, which provide educational facilities for children who have autism spectrum disorder.  Like The Primary Club, Aspect is a not for profit provider, who provide Australia’s largest education services to these needy children and their families.

 

Media mentions of our Sir Roden Cutler award winner

April 18, 2011 by  

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Narooma’s Paralympic hopeful lands $20,000 prize before heading overseas

A great article in the Narooma News

http://www.naroomanewsonline.com.au/news/local/sport/general/naroomas-paralympic-hopeful-lands-20000-prize-before-heading-overseas/2133099.aspx?storypage=0
[link was not working in August 2012 but the article is recreated below].

Narooma’s Paralympic hopeful lands $20,000 prize before heading overseas

STAN GORTON
13 Apr, 2011 12:26 PM
WORLD-beating disabled sailor Ame Barnbrook has won another major award just before she leaves to compete in the World Championships in England in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics.Ame is the recipient of this year’s Sir Roden Cutler Award awarded by the Primary Club of Australia, which acknowledges outstanding sporting achievement by a disabled athlete.Sir Roden Cutler (VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE) served as Twelfth Man and Patron of the Primary Club of Australia from its inception in 1974 until his passing in 2002. Richie Benaud OBE graciously assumed this role since.

Sir Roden agreed enthusiastically back in 1998 to lend his name to this special award, which the Primary Club and its members choose to present to an athlete or administrator who has performed an extraordinary service to his/her sport on behalf of people with disabilities.

As part of the award, the awardee now receives a grant of $20,000 for recreational facilities for the sport of his/her choosing.

Ame said she would dedicate the money to the Access Dinghy Foundation and Sailability NSW, both of which had helped her immensely over her 15 years of sailing.

She was also pleasantly surprised to get a call from world champion surfer Layne Beachley recently who told her she was chosen for a $3000 Aim for the Stars grant.

Ame continues to regularly train up Sydney with her sailing partner Lindsay Mason and they are set to fly off to Weymouth, England on May 26.

Ame will compete in the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta in the first week of June and then in July she will compete in the 2011 World Championships, which is the qualifying event for the Paralympics.

There she has beat the other two Australian SCUD teams in order to qualify for the Paralympics.

Past winners and Ame’s story

Past winners of the Sir Roden Cutler Award include Michael Milton (skiing) in 2001 and Kurt Fearnley (wheelchair marathon) in 2006.

Ame’s story is a truly remarkable one.

Born with Phocoamelia she has only the lower half of her left leg, a small foot and three toes, she has no arms or right leg.

She uses her three toes for eating, writing, playing the trumpet and sailing. She has achieved more in her 22 years than most will in a lifetime.

Ame has excelled in music, and sailing and has a degree in Creative Arts from Wollongong University. Her current aim is to represent Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

In her own words, “It’s about what I can do, not what I can’t do. My disability is continually judged before my abilities have been recognised and I like to prove people wrong.”

To get involved or help out with funding, contact Ame at amesarms@sailability.org

The Primary Club of Australia donation of $57,000 to build a playground for the Mary Brooksbank School

April 18, 2011 by  

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Last year The Primary Club of Australia donated $57,000 to build a playground for the Mary Brooksbank School in Rosemeadow.

The school provides educational programs for 70 students aged between 4 and 18 years with moderate to severe physical, intellectual and behavioural disabilities. In the last few years the school population increased markedly and the primary aged children only had a playground without any form of play equipment. The photos taken on the opening of the playground show how excited the children were to have their own area to play in with such interesting and brightly coloured equipment.

We also donated $28,000 to the MS Studdy Centre at Lidcombe to provide special TV sets for the MS sufferers who attend the centre for long treatment periods. These TV sets were installed in 12 rooms and we were told the patients stayed up into the early morning watching TV when they were first installed as with visual impairment they had not been able to watch TV previously.

Autism Australia (Aspect) also benefited from The Primary Club’s donations. We built a playgrounds with softfall surfacing and fencing for two of their special schools at a cost of more than $100,000.

We have received applications totalling over $66,000 since the beginning of this year so we need our members to help by attending our functions and renewing their subscriptions!

The Sir Roden Cutler Award

May 7, 2010 by  

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To acknowledge outstanding sporting achievement by an athlete with a disability, The Primary Club of Australia created the Sir Roden Cutler Award.

Sir Roden Cutler VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE served as Twelfth Man and Patron of the Primary Club of Australia from our inception in 1974 until his passing in 2002.  Richie Benaud OBE graciously assumed this role since.

Sir Roden agreed enthusiastically back in 1998 to lend his name to this special award, which the Primary Club and its members choose to present to an athlete or administrator who has performed an extraordinary service to his/her sport on behalf of people with disabilities.  As part of the award, the awardee now receives a grant of $20,000 for recreational facilities for the sport of his/her choosing.

Past winners of the Sir Roden Cutler Award include:

  • James Pittar (Swimming) 1999
  • Zoltan Peglar (Yachting) 2000
  • Michael Milton (Skiing) 2001
  • Julie Higgins (Equestrian) 2002
  • Ben Felten (Rowing) 2003
  • Jan Pike (Equestrian) 2004
  • Kurt Fearnley (Wheelchair Marathon) 2006

At the Marathon Cricket Dinner at the SCG on Tuesday 19th January last, President Jim Maxwell presented the 2009 Sir Roden Cutler Award to Brad Dubberley for his services to Wheelchair Rugby.

Brad Dubberley is regarded as one of the best wheelchair rugby players in the world and played a key role in Australia’s silver medal performance at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.

Brad became a quadriplegic when, aged 12, he slipped and fell down a 50m cliff head first into a creek when playing in the bush with friends.  While still in rehabilitation, Brad took up wheelchair rugby in 1995, at the age of fourteen.

Brad first represented Australia in 1996 at a Test Series against New Zealand in Sydney.  During his sporting career, he has competed in over seventy major competitions including Paralympics in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.  In November 2006, Brad was appointed to the position of Head Coach of the Australian Wheelchair Rugby Team.  As one of the youngest coaches of a national team in the world, he coached Australia to another silver medal at the 2008 Beijing games.

“Brad epitomises the spirit of playing the game, coaching and inspiring other young athletes with disabilities that Sir Roden would have been proud to witness,” said Jim Maxwell.  Brad has advised the Primary Club that the award funds be directed to the acquisition of multi-purpose chairs and equipment for Wheelchair Sports.

If you know an althete with a disability who you would like to nominate for a future award, please contact the Primary Club of Australia office on 9980 2525.

Richie Benaud signed Marathon Cricket shirts

January 30, 2010 by  

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The Club has a limited quantity of Marathon Cricket shirts signed by Twelfth Man and Patron, Richie Benaud OBE, during the Marathon Cricket Event at the SCG on 19th January 2010.  The shirts are white KoolDri weave shirts with Club logo and Richie’s signature, and come in all sizes.  Cost is $50, incl GST.  Call Anja on (02) 9980 2525 or email her at member@primaryclub.com to place an order. 

Sorry, no stock of XL size remains.  However we do have all other sizes, XXL, L, M or S.

Richie Benaud’s Challenge to Primary Club members in UK and Australia

July 10, 2009 by  

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Richie Benaud, Twelfth Man and Patron of The Primary Club of Australia, has issued an open letter to members of the Primary Club (UK) and his own Club relating to the current Ashes Test Series in the UK.

Dated 17 June 2009, Richie says to Derek Underwood, Patron, The Primary Club, Beckenham Kent:

Dear Derek,sendsoutachallenge_small

We’ve come to that wonderful time in a cricket supporter’s life when England plays Australia for the Ashes on your home turf.  Such a magnificent occasion provides a great opportunity for our respective charities to raise funds through the misfortune of players on each side failing safely to negotiate the first ball on their innings – the dreaded ‘Primary’, or ‘Golden Duck’ as we call it in Australia.

In fact, the members of the PCA will be very happy if your club can raise plenty of money as a result of the misfortune of members of the English team throughout the Ashes Series.  In fairness, at the PCA, we will be cheering whatever fundraising opportunities come our way even if it happens to involve a similar number of Australians.

I have ‘convinced’ members of the PCA to pay a bonus for each English Primary.  Of course our members will still be up for our standard fee of $5 for each Australian Golden Duck, but a bonus fine of $10 will also be levied for each English Primary during the Series.

Here’s a challenge.  If you think there is a chance of any Australian Golden Ducks then you might want to open your wallets and make the required bonus payment of four pounds to your club.  Beware Rule 5(c) though, hiding away in the small print.  The one that would require you to pay a small fortune if by chance there is a dangerous run on English Primaries.

A Primary and Golden Duck bring misery to the victims but good times to our charities.  Making a duck is bad enough and I recall at Headingley in 1961 Fred Trueman knocked me over for two ducks, but when he came into the dressing room after England had won, he consoled me with a gentle, ‘never mind old son, it would have bowled even a decent batsman!’

Here’s to a great Ashes Series played in the proper spirit.

With my personal best wishes.

Yours sincerely, Richie.

 

A copy of the original letter is available here  –

The Primary Club of Australia provide funding to build shelter

April 11, 2009 by  

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From the Riding for the Disabled Association NSW – Raymond Terrace and Lower Hunter Centre newsletter March 2009 

The Primary Club of Australia is registered charity whose aim is to “give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and exhilaration that comes from any form of physical activity.”

The Primary Club of Australia are proudly supporting our Centre by providing $62,818.80 to build an all weather multi-purpose shelter.

This shelter will be 34.6 metres long, 15 metres wide and 30 metres at its highest point of the roof. In honour of their support, the shelter will be known as The Primary Club Shed.
The shelter has been our focal point for a number of years now, and the project is now coming to its final stage. With council approval received for the construction, we can now proceed with beginning the foundations. The shelter will be located on the ground that was levelled with soil and fill (donated by Energy Australia) on the left hand side of the outdoor arena. Construction of the shelter is expected to take approximately 6 – 8 weeks.

At a suitable time in the construction phase, we will also begin work on the Allyson Smith Memorial Horse Yards. Once complete, we will be able to offer an innovative hands on learning program for people with disabilities across the Hunter Region. This program will create an opportunity for our riders and drivers to become directly involved in horse care and management activities that will increase their skills and abilities, while at the same time build self confidence, self esteem, leadership and personal skills in a safe and fun atmosphere.

The additional benefit of this shelter will be that our horses can be brought in for each program and kept dry and shaded regardless of the weather. Our volunteers, riders and drivers will be kept safe from all weather conditions from rain to extreme heat whilst they prepare the horses.

The Primary Club was founded in 1974 and has been helping organisations around Australia to purchase much needed sporting and recreational equipment and facilities for people with disabilities. Their support of RDA will directly benefit people with all types of disabilities into the future and will be a lasting testimony to their contribution for many years to come.

The Primary Club raises their funds for distribution to registered charities from annual registration fees and “fines” for golden ducks, or primaries, in Australian cricket test matches and one day internationals throughout the year. They also hosts special functions which include breakfasts, luncheons, golf days, a day at the races, dinner and cocktail parties.

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