This Year’s Gift of Giving

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Staff & Volunteers of the John Hunter Children’s Hospital with Jenna Dalley of Toronto Workers Club

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and Club renovations, our Gift of Giving Christmas Tree was again the main feature of Club Reception. Today, several large Christmas gift bags full of goodies were delivered to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

 

Each bag contained an assortment of toys, headphones, books, teddy bears and toiletries. Each and every single item was donated by Club Members, Visitors, Staff, Management and Directors.

Jenna Dalley, Clerical Specialist and Christine Wenta, Marketing Manager filled the car, acting on Santa’s behalf to personally deliver the gifts.

A feeling of warmth and love met Jenna and Christine at the entrance to the hospital. Four trolleys, one staff member and three volunteers later, the gifts were inside the Children’s Hospital.

IMG_4979“Just this year, 50,000 children have been admitted into the John Hunter Children’s hospital for a variety of reasons”, explained Kiera Wray, Fundraising Officer (Children, Young People and Families Health Services). “We never have too many gifts to give away. We always like to give gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, to help children smile during recovery or even be able to give the parents some toiletries when unexpected accidents happen. Every donation, toy, toiletry, book, or set of headphones assists in improving a child’s recovery or parents time during a stay”.

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While the feeling of warmth and love was present, there was definitely a feeling of comfort knowing the Club and those that participated with the gift of giving, had been able to assist in providing some relief, smiles and happiness. Not just over Christmas, but throughout the year when times can also be tough.

 

We want to thank every one who took the time to shop, wrap and donate to our “Gift of Giving”. Your ongoing involvement in the Club’s Community Support program will be cherished by those you don’t know and who don’t know you. And that is the absolute meaning of “The Gift of Giving”.

Merry Christmas to you all,
Toronto District Workers Club
www.torontoworkers.com.au

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Australian Hearing at TWC

Bonza BingoSo we “hear” that some bingo players may have trouble “hearing their numbers”…

On Friday 26 February 2016, Australian Hearing will proudly sponsor a full Bingo Session by allowing our members and guests to stay on top of their “game”.

Whether you’re playing a game of bingo or watching you favourite television show, good clear hearing is important. Research shows that hearing loss is a significant issue in the local community with one in six Australians experiencing hearing difficulties. Is this you?

Australian Hearing is raising awareness about hearing one one “Bonza Bingo” session at a time. We will proudly host our first “Bonza Bingo” session on Friday 26 February 2016. Bingo books are available from 11am with eyes down commencing play from 11.30am.

Expert representatives will be available in the club on the day to provide advice on hearing health and free hearing checks to anyone that may be concerned about their hearing loss. The Australian Hearing test takes just 15 minutes and is a quick way to measure the sounds you can and can’t hear.

As an added extra, Australian Hearing has kindly donated some hampers as bonus prizes for full card prize games. Now we’re “listening”.

Old Couple KissMs. Linda Brindle, representative from Australian Hearing says “Hearing loss touches almost every Australian in some way or another. We know that typically people wait for seven to ten years to seek help, which often not only affects the person with hearing loss, but also their family and friends”.

“By working together with Toronto Workers Club to host Bonza Bingo, we hope to show how easy it is to make hearing checks a part of a regular health routine. Good hearing is a key element to staying connected with family and friends, and enjoying every moment and conversation”.

Australian Hearing is the country’s leading hearing specialist, researcher and largest provider of government funded hearing services. We welcome Australian Hearing to Toronto Workers Club and look forward to an ongoing relationship with our members and guests “hearing” the benefits.

You can share the Bonza Bingo Session via the Facebook Invitation Link. Invite your family, friends and share it. You never know, you may just assist in improving someone else’s well-being.

Christine Wenta
Marketing Manager
| Toronto Workers Club Group |

Claude’s Mowerthon

Claude ‘the mower man’ Harvey pushed his famous coin collecting lawnmower over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to complete his latest fundraising ‘mowerthon’ from Newcastle to Sydney.

The 70 year old fundraising superstar has clocked up over 18.000 kilometres and more than $800,000 to help child protection advocate Bravehearts protect Aussie kids.

Claude recently finished a 10-week fundraising trek from his home town on the Gold Coast to Newcastle earlier this year, where he hit the $1million fundraising milestone for the charity.

The mower man has dedicated the past decade to helping Bravehearts make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child – a cause that is close to his heart.

Claude stopped into the Club recently to have a feed, meet a few of the locals and to promote awareness of his fundraising efforts with Bravehearts.

All donations that Claude collects go towards Bravehearts’ support services for children and families affected by child sexual assault, as well as Bravehearts’ educational program “Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure” which teaches children in schools and childcare centres important safety skills.

The education program has visited more than 12,500 children across 65 schools in New South Wales in 2014 alone.

Founder and CEO of Bravehearts, Hetty Johnson says Claude’s efforts have made a remarkable difference of children all around Australia. Claude not only raises much-needed money for Bravehearts, but also inspires everyone he meets along the way to protect our children.

You can follow Claude’s journey on the Bravehearts Website¬†or on Facebook.

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