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2019 MSA Bendigo Bank Calendar of Events  

The 2019 MSA Bendigo Bank Calendar of Events is now ready for collection.  Please telephone your closest office to arrange collection of your calendar.

 

National Volunteers Week - "Making a world of difference"

 

Following on from the successful “This Girl Can Week” campaign, Mallee Sports Assembly is keen to celebrate National Volunteer Week (NVW) by acknowledging the generous contributions of our nation’s volunteers. 

In celebration, Volunteering Australia is pleased to announce the theme for National Volunteer Week 2019 – “Making a world of difference”.  From 20–26 May 2019, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. The week-long celebration will include breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.   In 2016, Australians collectively volunteered 932 million hours in their local communities.

As part Mallee Sports Assembly contribution to National Volunteer Week we will recognise volunteers at our sporting club/association by extending an invitation to our members to submit a 100 word story and include photos endorsing volunteers “Making a world of difference”.   During National Volunteer Week MSA will recognise our volunteers who “Make a World of difference” at our member clubs/associations on social media, website and in the June newsletter.  Please remember that our sporting clubs/associations would not exist without our VOLUNTEERS – why not recognise these wonderful people.

To view the volunteer stories open up the front page and click on the individual volunteer stories.

 

     

 

 

 

 

A HUGE CROWD ATTENDS THE ALL ABILITIES BOWLS EVENT AT STAWELL

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:56:00 +1000

We couldn’t had a better day if we ordered it, the weather was ideal for out-door sport. The annual Regional Lawn Bowling All Abilities event was once again conducted at the Stawell Bowling Club on Thursday 20th Sept 2018. This event is an initiative of the Access For All Abilities program (inclusive sport & recreation for all abilities) which is funded by Dept of Health & Human Services under the Sport & Recreation umbrella. Most that attended wore their favourite football colours and there was certainly a mixture of AFL teams represented.  

Rhonda Allan of the Mallee Sports Assembly-Wycheproof once again approached the Stawell Bowling Club to “open” their doors for people of all abilities. As usual they were more than receptive to support inclusive sport & recreation.  “The club is an ideal central regional location that is fully accessible and also has the right equipment to assist participants with limited mobility for the game of bowls” Rhonda states.  “Each year their volunteer members are in full support to assist with the facilitation of the event.” Rhonda continues.   Many of our local lawn bowling clubs are now commencing their season so it is an ideal time to conduct the program hoping it encourages the participants to join up with their local clubs, even if it is only on a social basis.

Like previous years Rhonda had full support and assistance from other organizations. This year Nic Baird from the Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly-Horsham and Darci Tierney-Bowls Australia were all hands on deck to assist.

Nic from Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly provided the decorations and AFL grand final footage for all to enjoy when not playing bowls.  Darci from Bowls Australia set up the Jack Attack games for another activity in the sport of bowls.

Everyone enjoyed a cuppa before going out on the greens. Rhonda Allan of the Mallee Sports Assembly welcomed everyone and thanked the Stawell Bowling Club and both Nic and Darci for their great support in organizing the day before the event started. Staff from Sports Central Ballarat were unfortunately unable to assist this year. Darci from Bowls Vic spoke on some programs that Bowls Vic offer before Nic thanked Rhonda for her input into organizing the day.

All participants are graded before the day and were placed in different skill level sections-there was a level to suit every ability. The Jack Attack kits provide a modified game to encourage increased participation. This equipment assists the new-comers and participants with limited ability with their game. This was very popular which gave their game another angle of approach. There was also a tube device set up which also allowed people with limited movement to join in on the game. There was plenty of action on all greens during the day.

Following play, everyone enjoyed a BBQ lunch and fresh fruit prepared by the Stawell Bowling Club.  Rhonda then thanked everyone involved to ensure the success of the day. Rhonda presented Ellen Werry of the Stawell Bowling Club a “Certificate of Appreciation” on behalf of the program organizers. Eighty three participants, 34 staff/carers/spectators, 3 sports staff (including 2 Regional Sports Assemblies and 1 State Sporting Association) and 9 Stawell Bowling Club volunteers were on deck for the day, so all in all nearly 130 people attended which was excellent. Well done to all the supportive staff and carers that came along to assist and encourage the participants and help make it such a successful event.  The Stawell Bowling Club assisted with coaching, cooking and serving the food-a job well done and much appreciated by all. They also provided all the bowling equipment required for participation.

Darci from Bowls Australia gave each participant a “Certificate of Participation” and a friendship band and they also each received a bottle of water supplied by the Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly.

People travelled from all directions and there were clients and staff from the following:

McCallum Disability Services-St Arnaud

McCallum Disability Services-Club Lowd, Sebastapol

McCallum Disability Services-I Can 2, Alfredton

McCallum Disability Services-I Am 2, Ballarat

Woodbine-Warracknabeal

Ararat Day Services –Ararat (Manna Gums, Wood N Crete products)

Pinnacle-Gordon Street, Ararat

Pinnacle, Life Skills Program- Stawell

Pinnacle-Rural Options, Stawell

Greenfingers Nursery-Pinnacle, Stawell

Lawns & Gardens, Pinnacle, Stawell

Mulleraterong Centre-Hamilton

Community members-Ararat

Just Better Care-Horsham

Members-Ferntree Gully Bowling Club

A great day was had by all and already looking forward to the next event for 2019.

 

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