Merimbula clubs give $40,000 to Tathra

The Merimbula club community has banded together for Tathra with a cash donation of $40,000.

Merimbula RSL Club and Club Sapphire have given $35,000 to the official Mayoral Fund and $5,000 to Tathra Bowling Club towards the costs of meals for fire volunteers and members of the community.

The donation is in addition to $4,108 from Merimbula Diggers and Pambula Surf Life Saving Club raffles at the RSL, $5,000 from the Merimbula Men’s Bowling Club and money from collection tins in both clubs.

Merimbula RSL Board president Graeme Williams and Club Sapphire Chairman Peter Moore said clubs were the heart of their communities, making this a time for the club community to stand together for people in need.

“Staff and members of both our clubs have been impacted and we are doing everything we can to support them. We are rallying together to provide financial help for the entire community towards its recovery, and hope that this donation goes some way towards making a positive difference to those who are affected.

“Our clubs also provide welcoming, supportive places for people to have a break from the difficult rebuilding process the special community of Tathra is going through.”

Mr Moore and Mr Williams said the cash donations were just the start of longer-term support.

“The Tathra community will need support for a long time, and we will continue our support via events and other initiatives. For example, Club Sapphire will host a corporate bowls event in June and is providing seed funding for the Band Together Tathra Bushfire Relief Concert on Saturday, May 26 at Sapphire Coast Turf Club.”

ClubsNSW has asked its 1300 member clubs across NSW to donate funds to help facilitate the clean-up through volunteer organisation Team Rubicon Australia, which utilises the skills and experiences of Australian Defence Force veterans.

ClubsNSW chief executive officer Anthony Ball said Rubicon was in Tathra liaising with emergency services to help out in areas of urgent need.

“I also encourage all clubs in Australia to supply collection tins in their clubs or any other appropriate means for Tathra,” Mr Ball said.

Photo caption: From left, Club Sapphire Chairman Peter Moore, Tathra Bowling Club President Gerry Lay and Merimbula RSL Board President Graeme Williams at the announcement of a $40,000 cash donation and ongoing support for the Tathra community.