Club Sponsorship

Ballina RSL Club is proud to sponsor local community and sporting organisations.

Ballina RSL Club’s cash & in-kind donations for 2014/2015 totalled over $394,733

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Army Association
Autism Spectrum Australia
Ballina Air Rifle Club
Ballina Apex Club
Ballina Caravan Club
Ballina Chamber of Commerce
Ballina Community Garden Club
Ballina Division Legacy
Ballina Euchre Club
Ballina Fishing Club
Ballina Golf Club
Ballina Hospital Auxiliary
Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue
Ballina Lady Golfers Club
Ballina Laurel Club
Ballina Lighthouse Day Care
Ballina Lions Club
Ballina Liquor Consultative Committee
Ballina Little Athletics Club
Ballina Marine Rescue
Ballina Ministers Association
Ballina Netball Club
Ballina Orchid Society
Ballina Probus Club
Ballina RSL Mens Bowling Club
Ballina RSL Snooker Club
Ballina RSL Sports Council

Ballina RSL Sub Branch
Ballina RSL swimming Club
Ballina RSL Youth Club
Ballina Sandflies Bowling Club
Ballina Seabird Rescue Association
Ballina Soccer Club
Ballina Social Dance Club
Ballina Sub Section Naval Association Aust
Ballina Tennis Club
Ballina Toastmasters
Ballina Triathlon Club
Ballina View Club
Ballina Woman’s Bowling Club
Ballina, Lismore Lighthouse SLSC
Biala Support Services
Camp Quality
Cancer Council Pink Ribbon Appeal
Club Grants Committee
ClubsNSW
Combined Services Clubs of Ballina
Empowering Youth
Ex-Service Womens Association
Football Far North Coast
Future Achievement Australia Foundation
Headliners Singing Club
Heartfelt House

International Womens Day
Korea South East Asia Vietnam Veterans Association
Mission Australia
Murwillumbah Public School
Naval Association of Ballina
Northcott Society
NSW Cancer Council
NSW Police Legacy
Nth Coast Street Machines
Partners of Veterans
RAAF
Relay For Life
Retired Police Officers Association
Retirees Association
Richmond Day Care
Rotary Club of Ballina
Rural Fire Services of NSW
S.C.O.P.E.
St Francis Catholic Church
State Emergency Service
Tintenbar Cricket Club
Vehicle Restorers Club
Veteran Bowlers
Veteran Golfers Club
Wardell Rural Fire Service
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Westpac Retirees Association

One of the local community success stories

by Carolyn Bryant
Program Manager – Youth Frontiers

I would like to share with you a success story from our 2015 Youth Frontier Program to which you all played a part and to whom all this would not have been achievable without your support and commitment to the Youth of Ballina.
As part of the 2015 Youth Frontier Mentoring program the young student participants are requested to do a community project. It is an opportunity for them to give back to a community in which they live and to whom they can thank for the mentoring experience. The projects varied considerably and had far reaching effects not only on the immediate Ballina community but also on the people and environment in surrounding areas.
One of the students from Ballina High School was a NSW State Finalist in the Community Project Awards. The students were not aware that their work would be judged or that they would be competing for acknowledgement of any kind other than that of their peers.
Dylan Watson did a project celebrating and creating awareness for the Centenary of ANZACs. Something he was very passionate about and believed the very young in the community could benefit from. Very appropriate as the major sponsor in the Ballina Program was Ballina RSL. Please read below the extract from his Mentor, Emma Babbage who supported Dylan as a mentor for the 22 week program.
The essential aim of Dylan’s project was to educate people about some individual stories of war, which certainly is of benefit to the Year 5/6 class of Ballina Public School he presented to. These children were given an insight into the lives of two local World War Two veterans. They were able to recognise the people in the video as local community members and understand that the war impacted on people within their community. The children were also able to hear from the individual stories of the veterans what their roles were within the war and hear from Dylan that there were many different roles in this war such as food transporters and navy gunners. Through his project, Dylan was able to share some war stories and to encourage students to think about the war from a local perspective.
The two veterans who Dylan interviewed visibly benefited from sharing their stories. One veteran seemed to thoroughly enjoy sharing his story and of Dylan having so much interest in his story. The other veteran was deeply reflective and emotional whilst sharing his story, and was touched by the opportunity to have his story heard.
Sadly, one of the veterans who Dylan interviewed passed away three days before the showcase presentation. Dylan’s footage was given to this veteran’s surviving family as an enduring way to capture some of the memories and stories of this veteran’s experiences in World War Two. The other veteran and his wife went to the showcase presentation, who were both immensely proud of the opportunity for the veterans to share their stories in the local community.
Dylan as a finalist was flown to Parliament House in Sydney with his father and was presented with his award and a cash prize by the
Hon John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Multiculturalism. He was presented his prize also by Eric Easterbrook – Sydney Legacy Club
Dylan experienced that, regardless of age and position, you can effect change on your community in a positive way, and there can be reward appear in many ways.

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