With the end of 2023 fast approaching, we look back on a busy year of community and sport support and activity.
Membership-based participation is the glue that binds a community, through sharing the activity they love. CHRG sub clubs support nearly 3,000 members across more than 15 different community and sport-based activities – with more than half of the participants being junior members involved in swimming, gymnastics, badminton, cricket, football, golf and our awardwinning Youth Wind Orchestra which always takes out the national championships.
Local schools are also an important focus of CHRG’s support, be it through school formals, end of year concerts, award showcases, or simply taking part in the Learn to Swim Program at Castle Hill Fitness and Aquatic Centre.
More recently, we’ve seen an influx of community members enjoying barefoot bowls at Castle Hill Bowling Club. This year also marked a significant milestone with the completion of additional LoveBites training for local Police and civilians – bringing the total number of people trained to engage and enducate our youth about respectful relationships to 80!
This highly impactful program is being rolled out to Hills schools, with over 1000 students participating to date, via interactive workshops that address relationship violence and the foundation of healthy relationships. These were delivered in collaboration with NAPCAN, trained facilitators and local Police who co-deliver the workshops.
Andy Abey, Chief Operating Officer, CHRG said: “CHRG is proud to support our local communities through the assistance we provide to local charities, schools and sporting clubs. Our clubs, for many, are a place to come together and connect. The groups we support extend that connection further, to ensure help is always at hand,”
More broadly, CHRG supported around 130 local organisations with grants or in-kind support to the value of almost $800,000. Recipients included:
- Fit Kidz Foundation and their SibWorks program to provide support for siblings of children with special needs
- Donation of a Christmas tree to St Gabriels School, Castle Hill
- Proud sponsor and participant in the Cancer Council’s Hills for Relay and Rotary’s Run for the Hills, raising funds for cancer research
- Support for SuperTee which provides amazing superhero medical garments for children in hospital.
- Heart of the Nation support to provide defibrillators in the local community.
- Heartbeat of Football will run four heat health testing days aimed at the local sporting community.
- Support for local radio station, Alive 90.5FM. The support has enabled them to upgrade their studios in Baulkham Hills to better provide podcasting and digital streaming services.
- The Movement Clinic to run their diabetes support program.
- Supported a number of local Rotary events, including Annual Year 6 Students Writing Competition, Excellence in Policing Awards, and a Wellbeing Connect program to connect people to community groups.