The President’s Report

October 1, 2015 by  

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In so many ways, 2014/15 has been a very sad year for Australian Cricket and for the members of the Primary Club. Not only did we lose one of our strong long-time supporters in Honorary Vice-President Ian Craig OAM last November, but then after his own personal battle to recover health following a car accident 18 months earlier, we lost our esteemed Twelfth Man and Patron, Richie Benaud OBE, in April.

Australian Cricket also lost one of its promising young and upcoming stars, with the sad passing of Phillip Hughes in late November following a freakish injury on the cricket field. I have rarely seen such widespread grief around the country, not just amongst the cricket community but across all walks of life. Cricket lovers responded overwhelmingly to the “put your bat out” tribute that reinforced the importance of social media.

Then, just weeks ago, Arthur Morris OBE passed away at age 93, following a brief illness. Arthur, also a Vice- President of the Primary Club, played 46 Tests for Australia and earned a place in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. He and Judith attended many Club functions, most recently the Marathon Cricket Dinner in 2010, where we celebrated his 88th Birthday amongst a number of his former cricket mates.

Much has been written and said about each of these gentlemen in public forums. I personally lost a dear friend when Richie died. He was an inspiration to me in my career and in my approach to broadcasting; but as Twelfth Man he was always willing and available to share thoughts about Primary Club matters, to say nothing of his and Daphne’s amazing record of participation at Club functions since he accepted the post in 2003. Our recent edition of “First Ball” was a special tribute edition to Richie, his career and his leadership within the Primary Club.

While the aforementioned occurrences were felt deeply by our membership and several of our planned events were impacted, I am pleased to report our ongoing activities yielded some $249k in grants to charities, either paid or committed. This may be down on our record of $302k in the prior year. However, Lindy Stuart alludes in her report to the fact that there is a healthy backlog of deserving projects for her committee’s review. So, with the ongoing support of our members, a new record year is just around the corner!

Two grants of significance were firstly the $38k for a‘softfall playground’at the Chalmers Road School at Strathfield (Sydney), a primary school with 72 children with moderate to severe intellectual disability; and secondly, the $16k for playground equipment at Port Phillip Special School (Melbourne), a school catering for 150 kids. The latter is significant because of the ‘hands-on’ role played by our own Victorian Committee members, who will no doubt be coming back to the well requesting additional financial support in the months ahead.

I recently returned to Sydney from the UK. The Australian Cricket Team lost the Ashes over six extraordinary days of cricket at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge. They performed impressively coming from a loss at Cardiff to win convincingly at Lord’s. However, in the next two matches, England’s skillful bowling made the most of the conditions and won the Ashes by humiliating the Australian batting line-up.

For Michael Clarke it was a disappointing conclusion to a brilliant career after winning the World Cup so decisively. The margin between success and failure as a batsman is narrow, and alas for Clarke he couldn’t confidently produce his best, and around him the inability of batsmen to adapt to the moving ball, to be more patient, wrecked Australia’s aspirations. Clarke’s record averaging nearly fifty with 28 centuries is outstanding and his successor Steve Smith has some challenges ahead to make sure Australia can win as well away as they do at home.

A reflection of the fact that Australia has been performing well on the international cricket stage is that the number of Aussie Golden Ducks in 2014/15 has declined to the lowest number (9) in the last ten years and down from the peak of 19 in 2010/11. For the first time, this year’s number includes Australian Women cricketers, the Southern Stars, who only registered one Primary. For the Primary Club, this translates to lower fines or donations into our charity trust account, unless of course members make more discretionary donations over and above the Golden Duck fines, and we grow our member numbers.

With Richie’s passing, the Management Committee decided with Daphne’s approval to establish a Memorial Fund in his honour. To date, donations to this fund total over $14k. In time, we intend creating an enduring charitable memorial to Richie in recognition of his work for the Club and our mission.

In 2014 we celebrated our 40th Anniversary. This culminated in a celebratory dinner at the SCG last November, where we welcomed over 50 past committee members and their partners. Highlights on the night included the panel interview with founders, Peter Howarth OAM and Jon Erby AM, and Dr John Yeo AO who has consulted with the Club over the decades about the challenges for people recovering from spinal injuries.

The Primary Club congratulates our rugby cousins, the Cauliflower Club of Australia, whom we were instrumental in helping to form over the last three years. With over 600 members, the CCA has achieved its own DGR tax status and is now operating in its own right and already making significant contributions to sporting and recreational facilities for organisations around the country. We look forward to continued association with the Cauliflower Club, as we share similar objectives helping people with a disability.

It gives me great pleasure to advise members that our new Twelfth man is Mark Taylor AO. Mark has served the Club as a Vice President since 1999 soon after retiring from his long service as Australian cricket captain. Mark has been guest speaker at several PCA functions. Mark played 104 Tests and scored 7,525 runs at an average of 43.49, is a current Cricket Australia Director and a well-known voice of authority on Channel Nine’s cricket coverage. Mark is highly regarded for his strong sense of community through a number of charitable commitments.

Looking ahead to the 2015/16 year, your Management Committee has plans to encourage membership growth, create several new member and fund-raising events and improve the profit yield from our functions in order to satisfy more of the backlog of applications from our charity partners.

Thank you all for your ongoing support. Please help us grow our membership in 2015/16 by inviting a friend or two to join. Only with member retention and growth can we expect to achieve higher charity goals in the months and years ahead!

 

Jim Maxwell

AM President

The Primary Club of Australia’s Annual Report for 2014-15 is available online

September 29, 2015 by  

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2014-15 – Annual Report

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Other links: Previous Annual Reports

The Primary Club of Australia Annual Report 2014/15 is now available to download.

Annual General Meeting
The Primary Club of Australia held its Annual General Meeting at Nilgiri’s Indian Restaurant located at 81-83 Christie Street, St Leonards on Wednesday 28th October 2015.

 

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This 6 Mb version is suitable for reading online and printing at your leisure.

2014 – 2015 Primary Club Annual Report – 6Mb

The Financial Statements

The audited Financial Statements will be published shortly.

RIP, Arthur Morris MBE

August 26, 2015 by  

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Honorary Vice-President of the Primary Club of Australia, Arthur Morris, sadly passed away on Saturday 22nd August, following a brief illness.  Arthur was 93 years old, survived by his gorgeous wife Judith and loving family. Arthur played 46 Tests for Australia and earned a place in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.  On behalf of President Jim Maxwell AM and the members of the Primary Club, we offer our sincere sympathies to Judith and the family.

He was also a great servant of the Primary Club, a Vice-President since our inception in 1974.  He and Judith attended many Club functions, most recently the Marathon Cricket Dinner in 2010, where we celebrated his 88th Birthday amongst a number of his former cricket mates – Ken Archer, Ian Craig, Neil Harvey, Sam Loxton and Warren Saunders.

Judith and the family have determined that in lieu of flowers for his Memorial Service, you may donate to the Primary Club’s charity trust providing sporting and recreational facilities to people with a disability.  You may donate now by clicking on this link.  Or calling Anja on (02) 9980-2525.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB, ADAM VOGES

July 31, 2015 by  

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Sadly, the current Ashes Series in England welcomed a new member of the Primary Club, Adam Voges, playing only his fourth Test after such a wonderful start with a century on his maiden appearance in early June in the West Indies.   Primary Club members will be forking out another $5 fine (donation) next time subscription notices go out.

Even more sadly, we don’t have any England Primaries in this Series yet.  We are continuing the tradition that our Twelfth Man Richie Benaud commenced about four series back, namely that we also fine our members $10 for each England “Golden Duck”.  Let’s hope fortunes change soon, and our charities benefit appropriately!

May 2015 Newsletter – Farewelling Richie

July 6, 2015 by  

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imagex300This year’s newsletter pays tribute to our Late Patron and Twelfth Man Richie Benaud OBE.

Please feel free to download this and share it with friends and family.

 

Two versions of the newsletter are available.

May 2015 – Primary Club of Australia newsletter – High Quality version – 20 Mbs

May 2015 – Primary Club of Australia newsletter – Low Quality version – 2 Mbs

 

Charitable Donations – Making a difference

June 7, 2015 by  

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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.

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.

Benjamin Richards

Committee Member

DONATE HERE TO RICHIE BENAUD’S MEMORIAL FUND  

April 10, 2015 by  

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Richie Benaud has passed away at age 84.

Richie Benaud has passed away at age 84.

For those wishing to make a donation in memory of Richie Benaud OBE, you may do so by clicking on this link.  100% of all donations are directed to providing sporting and recreational facilities to people with a disability.

Many of our members will have heard the sad news about Richie’s recent passing.  He will be sadly missed by millions of cricket and sports lovers around the world.  We in the Primary Club will mourn his passing more than most, because of the enthusiasm he demonstrated for his role as our Twelfth Man and Patron since 2002.

Richie was a foundation member of the Primary Club when it formed in 1974 and attended several of the trophy matches at the Lemon Tree Ground at Dooralong in that first decade, and many functions since.

Richie followed Sir Roden Cutler VC in his post as Patron/Twelfth Man, and when invited Richie insisted on playing a hands-on role.  Richie has proven to be a great and inspirational leader in his own right, for which we are eternally grateful.

Richie, with Daphne, attended every Primary Club Test Match Breakfast since 2002, except when ill-health prevented his appearance last year and earlier this year.  Similarly, he also graced us with his presence at the first four Marathon Cricket carnivals at the SCG.  When we asked Richie to attend the Marathon Cricket Dinners to present some of the prizes, he insisted on arriving several hours early so that he could meet and mingle with the players.  He loved to engage with them, sharing stories about country towns, famous cricketers and favourite race horses.

Memory of his contribution to the Primary Club and our charities will be permanently recorded in an appropriate fashion to be determined by the Committee and Members.

To Daphne, also a great supporter of the Primary Club of Australia, we pass on our sincere and heartfelt sympathies.  We know she will miss him terribly, as will we all!

Rest in peace, Richie.  ‘Go well!’

Jim Maxwell AM

President
The Primary Club of Australia

Vale Ian Craig

November 18, 2014 by  

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Former Australian Test Cricket Captain and Primary Club of Australia honorary Vice President, Ian Craig, passed away this weekend aged 79.

Ian Craig at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.

Ian Craig at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.

The following is from http://www.sydneycricketground.com.au/latest-news/vale-ian-craig/

Mr Craig was just 17 when he was called in to the Australian Test squad in the 1953 season, having made his debut as a 16-year-old during the 1951-52 season.

He was Australia’s youngest state cricketer, the youngest Australian player, NSW’s youngest captain and the youngest Test captain when, at 22, he led the 1957-58 tour to South Africa.

Mr Craig led a team that contained the likes of Richie Benaud, Alan Davidson, Neil Harvey and Bob Simpson.

Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards, Cricket NSW chairman John Warn and SCG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd paid tribute to the former Australian captain.

Mr Edwards said: “We were very sad to learn of Ian’s passing and on behalf of Cricket Australia, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and former teammates at this difficult time.

“Ian earned a very special place in the proud history of our game as the youngest Australian to make a first-class double century, gain Test selection and captain his country.

“Beyond those remarkable achievements I will always remember him as a true gentleman. I thoroughly enjoyed his company and views on the game over many years.

“He will be sadly missed and will forever be remembered as one of the elite few to have captained his country in Test cricket.”

Mr Warn said: “Ian Craig was a childhood hero to many after becoming the youngest Australian to play for his state and country.

“A peerless captain for NSW, he was fondly regarded by his former team mates and all those who knew him.

“Ian was a warm, gentle and modest man who will be greatly missed.”

Mr Shepherd said: “Ian Craig made a huge contribution to Australian cricket as a player and then a Test captain.

“One his retirement from cricket, he chose to continue that commitment to the sport by serving on the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust for 18 years in all.

“When Ian was appointed to the Trust in 1968 to replace Stan McCabe, he became the youngest Trustee, just as he was NSW’s and Australia’s youngest player when he first earned his caps.”

Mr Craig is the 88th Trustee and served two stints, the first from September 30, 1968 to July 13, 1978 and the second from July 14, 1988 to July 13, 1996.

He also served on the Bradman Foundation, including the role of chairman and ultimately became a life member, and as a board member of the New South Wales Cricket Association.

The flags atop the Members Pavilion were flown at half mast today in tribute to Mr Craig.

He is survived by his wife Ross and children Andrew, Jonathan and Alex.

 

IAN DAVID CRAIG, BORN YASS, NSW, JUNE 12, 1935

Youngest to play state cricket (NSW): 16 years, 249 days
Youngest to play for Australia: 17 years, 239 days
Youngest Australian men’s Test captain: 22 years, 194 days
Test captaincy record: Played 5, won 3, drew 2
First class captaincy record: Played 48, won 28, drew 17, lost 2, tied 1

 

Tests       11 matches, 358 runs,  Highest score: 53;   Average: 19.88        with 2 fifties

Great Article from Rouse Hill Courier about our recent donation to Tallowood School

November 1, 2014 by  

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http://www.rousehillcourier.com.au/story/2656177/primary-club-of-australia-jumps-to-help-kellyville-charity

 

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

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.

 

Liesl Tesch – Recipient of the 2014 Sir Roden Cutler Award

August 30, 2014 by  

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liesl3The Primary Club Of Australia is proud to announce that the recipient of this year’s Sir Roden Cutler Award is Liesl Tesch AM. 

[Photos courtesy of Bada Bing Photography – www.badabingphotography.com.au]

Liesl has dominated the international disability sports scene since 1990 when she was the first woman in the world to play wheelchair basketball professionally. More recently she completed at the London 2012 Paralympics winning gold sailing in the two person Keelboat – SKUD 18 Event.

When Liesl was 19 years of age she had a bicycle accident, being projected over the handlebars and falling two metres onto cement. The accident left Liesl as an incomplete paraplegic but has in no way hindered her passion for life.

Liesl has competed at six Paralympic Games including Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney (Silver Medal), Athens (Silver Medal) and Beijing (Bronze Medal) all in Wheelchair Basketball, and then London (Gold Medal) in Sailing.

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In 2009, Liesl competed in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in The Sailors with Disabilities yacht, to finish 2nd in their division. In late 2010, Liesl paired with Beijing silver medallist Daniel Fitzgibbon. Sailing the two-person SKUD 18 class with Fitzgibbon, the team had immediate success, winning Gold at the ISAF Gold Cup in January 2011 and Bronze at the IFDS World Championships in July of that year. Determined, they continued on to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, winning Gold.

In 2014, Liesl was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours “for significant service to sport as a Gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and through the promotion and facilitation of sport for people with disabilities”.

Liesl believes that all people with disabilities should have the opportunity to play sport and has combined her passion for travel and love of sport to take her far afield to create sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

In Australia, she is passionate about raising awareness of and promoting wheelchair sport for young athletes with disabilities and volunteers to mentor, coach and inspire juniors in numerous regional venues and at the WS NSW Junior Wheelies Christmas Camp each year. Never one to focus on the negative, Liesl believes she has been given the opportunity to promote and encourage others to take an interest in wheelchair sports.

liesl1 She has an enviable reputation for being a positive and generous team player, one to motivate and demonstrate great leadership amongst her peers and is heavily committed to giving back to the community – both in Australia and overseas.

The Primary Club are proud to present Liesl with the Sir Roden Cutler Award which is presented for outstanding sporting achievement by a person with a disability. The award includes a grant for sporting and recreational equipment up to the value of $20k to the organisation nominated by the recipient.

We congratulate Liesl on her award and will be presenting it to her at a Primary Club of Australia event in the near future.

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