GRANTS MADE IN 2018/19

September 15, 2019 by  

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The Board of the Primary Club of Australia is pleased to advise $93k in grants were paid or committed to the following organisations, consistent with our charter to provide sporting and recreational facilities to people with a disability.  (All in NSW unless advised otherwise.)

  • Aspect Hunter High School $26,000 for Playground & Equipment
  • Blind Sports VIC $1,300 for Audible Tennis Balls
  • Empower Golf – Parkwood GC Gold Coast QLD $10,000 for ParaGolfer Unit
  • Sir Roden Cutler Award $28,000: Veteran Sports Australia $20,000, then $2k each for Disabled Winter Sports Australia, Sailability Nowra, Sporting Wheelies QLD, Wheelchair Sports
  • Spring Farm Public School $28,000 for Synthetic Turf for playground.

2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

September 15, 2019 by  

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Annual Report 2018-2019

The Primary Club of Australia Annual Report 2018/19 is now available to download.

Click here to download the Annual Report (low res):  Annual Report 2019 LR

Note: the audited version of the financial results will be available at the AGM, or call Anja on (02) 9980 2525.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Elephant Bar, Royal Hotel, 237 Glenmore Road, Paddington (Sydney), on Wednesday 23rd October, commencing at 6pm.  Please advise Anja on (02) 9980-2525 if you can attend or are an apology.

NEW CLUB BLAZER

September 13, 2019 by  

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The Primary Club of Australia is pleased to announce another round of orders for our new Blazer!  See image here.  Members need to place an order before 30th September 2019, along with your measurements form (below).

Price: Approximately $A 275 including a shipping cost to be confirmed

Timing:  Before 30th September we require a deposit of $A 200 paid into the Primary club account using the link: www.trybooking.com/ujwo.  A balancing payment will be taken on completion of the blazer delivery to cover the balance of the cost / exchange rate changes and shipping.

 

 

 

FINCH BECOMES OUR 8TH PRIMARY IN 2019/20!

July 11, 2019 by  

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Primary Club Members donate $10 to charity every time an Aussie cricketer suffers the indignity of scoring a first ball duck or ‘primary’ in an international fixture.

Since 1 June 2019, there have been EIGHT (8) such events, compared to 14 in the previous full year.

  • Aaron Finch in the T20 vs Sri Lanka at Brisbane on 30th October: C Perera, B Malinga
  • Josh Hazlewood in the Ashes Test vs England at The Oval on 15th September: C Root, B Leach
  • Pat Cummins in the Ashes Test vs England at The Oval on 13th September: LBW Curran
  • Rachael Haynes in the ODI vs West Indies in Antigua on 6th August: C Boyce, B Connell
  • Aaron Finch in the ODI WORLD CUP SEMI vs England at Birmingham on 11th July: LBW Archer
  • Jason Behrendorff in ODI World Cup vs New Zealand at Lord’s on 29th June: LBW Boult
  • Mitchell Starc in ODI World Cup vs New Zealand at Lord’s on 29th June: B Boult
  • Pat Cummins in ODI World Cup vs Sri Lanka at The Oval on 15th June: Run Out

PAT CUMMINS – NEW PRIMARY CLUB AMBASSADOR

April 22, 2019 by  

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At the Golden Duck Donor Cocktail Reception at Tattersalls Club, Sydney, on Wednesday 17th April, Australian cricketer Pat Cummins was inducted into the role or Primary Club Ambassador.  Pat is almost 26 years old and has represented his country in 20 Test, 48 ODIs and 20 T20Is.  He has impressed as a genuine all-rounder with leadership potential.

Pat joins Lisa Sthalekar, Ed Cowan and Liesl Tesch OAM MP as Primary Club Ambassadors.

“I have always admired what the Primary Club stands for and the type of charities that we support”, explains Pat, as he was being interviewed by President Jim Maxwell.

Jim said, “As a current player with huge potential, we know the opportunities for Pat to attend our functions may be limited.  So, we wish him well in his career and look forward to future occasions when he can join us”.

Special guest, former Australian Women’s Cricket Captain Alex Blackwell, joined the event and is pictured above with Jim, Secretary Gavan Carroll, the much-travelled mascot Bernie the Golden Duck, Pat and Rick Glover.

“FIRST BALL” APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER

April 22, 2019 by  

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The Primary Club of Australia’s April 2019 Newletter, called “First Ball” is out now.  You may view a low-res version via the link below.  Or call Anja on (02) 9980 2525 to request hard copies for your coffee table, office or waiting room.  Stories include various charity projects, the Sir Roden Cutler Awards night, a feature article about our “Insurance Ashes” cricket festival at North Sydney Oval and our first Moore Park Golf Day in Sydney.

Click on this link below:

First Ball April 2019

CHRISTINE ERBY AWARDED OAM

January 26, 2019 by  

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President Jim Maxwell AM is excited to share the news that Mrs Christine Ann Erby has been awarded Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.  Chris is a founding member of the Primary Club of Australia (since 1974), served as Administration Officer for 10 years and Member of the Charities Committee for 15 years.  Chris, along with husband Jon Erby AO, still consults to that Committee and to the General Committee, and is a regular attendee at major Club events.  Her award also cites her service to Australian Angus Society since 1995.

“We are always excited when one of our members receives this sort of recognition for the long, hard work they do to support our charitable endeavours,” explains Jim.  “We wish Chris, Jon and all the Erby family a wonderful celebration.”

Picture shows Chris and Jon representing the Primary Club at the Aspect Hunter School in June 2017.

SIR RODEN CUTLER AWARD – DAMIEN THOMLINSON

November 15, 2018 by  

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In recognition of their determination and sheer inspiration, five of Australia’s most outstanding athletes with a disability, including Paralympic and Invictus Games medallists, have been named as finalists in The Primary Club of Australia’s 2018/19 Sir Roden Cutler Award.

Among the finalists are Madison de Rozario, three-time gold medallist in wheelchair track and field, and Joany Badenhorst, the first and only female Paralympian to represent Australia in Boardercross.

Also included as finalists are Cristine Suffolk, middle and long distance runner, Damien Thomlinson, Afghanistan war veteran and snowboard Paralympian, and Curtis McGrath, an eight-time World Championship gold medallist in para-canoeing.

The winner was announced at the Baggy Green Awards Dinner at NSW Parliament House on 15th November – Damien Thomlinson will receive a $20,000 grant for sporting and recreational equipment to be given to an organisation he chooses which reflects the Club’s charter. In addition, each finalist will receive a grant of $2,000 for a charity of his/her choice that supports people with disabilities.

2018/19 PRIMARIES FINISH AT 14!

October 10, 2018 by  

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Primary Club Members donate $10 to charity every time an Aussie cricketer suffers the indignity of scoring a first ball duck or ‘primary’ in an international fixture.  Members may choose to pay their YTD ‘fines’ (donations) NOW at this LINK.

Since 1 June 2018, there have been fourteen (14) such events, compared to 13 in the previous full year.

  • Aaron Finch in the T20 vs India at Visakhapatnan on 24th January: B Bumrah
  • Ashleigh Gardner in the Women’s ODI vs New Zealand at Adelaide on 24th January: B Kerr
  • Tim Paine in the Test vs Sri Lanka at Brisbane on 25th January: Ct Mendis, B Lakmal
  • Peter Siddle in the ODI vs India at Adelaide on 15th January: Ct Kohli, B Kumar
  • Josh Hazlewood in the Test vs India at Perth on 15th December: Ct Pant, B Sharma
  • Josh Hazlewood in the Test vs India at Adelaide on 8th December: Ct Pant, B Shami
  • Ben McDermott in the T20 vs India at Sydney on 25th November: LBW B Pandiya (Editor’s note: a disgraceful act, attempting to sweep on his first ball, when the previous wicket was out exactly the same way! Sorry!)
  • Aaron Finch in the T20 vs India at Melbourne on 23rd November: Ct Pant B Kumar
  • D’Arcy Short in the T20 vs South Africa at Gold Coast on 18th November: Ct Phehlukwayo B Morris
  • Chris Lynn in the ODI vs South Africa at Hobart on 11th November: Ct De Kock B Steyne
  • Mitchell Starc in the same innings: Ct & B Rabada
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile in the T20 vs Pakistan at Dubai on 29th October: Run out.
  • Nicole Bolton in the ODI vs Pakistan at Kuala Lumpur on 22nd October: LBW Sana Mir.
  • Kane Richardson in the T20 vs England at Birmingham on 27th June: Ct Hales B Jordon.

TOUR TO KENYA, JUNE 2018

July 4, 2018 by  

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The Primary Club of Australia squad of 14 cricketers and 26 supporters recently visited Kenya, playing a total of 7 matches.  Highlights of the tour included visits to two major game parks – the Ol Pejeta Conservancy to the north of Nairobi and the Maasai Mara to the west.

While at Ol Pejeta, we played three games in the ‘Last Male Standing Rhino Cup’, a tournament with other teams from the UK, South Africa, Mauritius and locally.  Now in its fourth year, this tournament raises funds for the Conservancy and its Rhino campaign and for the East Africa Cricket Foundation.  The latter is a coaching program dedicated to cultural and character development in schools for underprivileged children across Kenya.  We visited two of these schools on the outskirts of Nairobi – Dr Aggrey Primary School and the Muslim Primary School – and witnessed the coaches in action.  The Primary Club donated $7k to this program two years ago from funds we generated at our Marathon Cricket event at the SCG.

During the final of the Rhino Cup, President Jim Maxwell added to the significance of the event by commentating on the game live and was assisted by international scorer Ian Wright, both parties touring with our squad.  Two local teams fought out the final – the Kanbis CC defeating the Kongonis CC in a high quality cricket match.

Following the tour, Jim discussed the tour, the Rhino Cup and the state of cricket in Kenya on the BBC World Service’s ‘Stumped’ program.  To hear the full interview, CLICK HERE.  Congratulations to two Primary Club of Australia Members who are the main organisers of the Cup – Rob Stevenson and Nathan Dale.  Well done to you and your support team!

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