Our mighty Macksville Club has again proven itself to be the bees knees when it comes to community involvement and support.
For the second time, the Macksville Ex-Services Club was shortlisted for the prestigious Clubs NSW ‘Clubs and Community Awards’, which were presented last night in Sydney, with Ben Fordham as host.
And once again, they took out their section – Support of Amateur Sport – beating out the likes of Bankstown, Wentworthville and Forster, and proving that size is no measure of strength.
And watch the moment our club stood to take a bow here:
Club CEO Judy Ward accepted the award on stage in front of a crowd of thousands.
“Two years ago I stood up here and received the Disability and Inclusion Award for Macksville Ex-Services. I did not dream that we would stand up here and get another award like this,” she said.
“Small clubs can win awards, so if you’re sitting at home thinking it’s not worth putting a nomination form in, please do it, because you might be standing up here next year like we are today.”
Liquor and Gaming NSW states that clubs are obligated to contribute a portion of their profits back into the community towards “the provision of front-line services...to ensure that the disadvantaged in the community are better positioned to benefit from the substantial contributions made by those clubs”.
But our Ex-Services consistently goes above and beyond the call of this duty, contributing well in excess of the what is required of them, and providing inestimable value to the community by genuinely and whole-heartedly giving a leg up to those in need.
Macksville Ex-Services Club has a long history of supporting local sport within their local area, providing financial sponsorship to sporting clubs, teams and individual state and national representatives. The Nambucca Valley has produced well-known identities like Greg Inglis and Phillip Hughes who started their sporting careers in clubs that Macksville Ex-Services sponsor, such as Bowraville Junior Rugby League and the Macksville Ex-Services Junior Cricket Club. Last year, the club provided $26,200 to 18 sporting groups with 2,220 participants which assisted them to purchase new equipment, supply uniforms, maintain their grounds and gear, and implement training and coaching programs to their members. The club also offers their facilities free of charge for sports club AGM and monthly meetings, volunteer training and education, fundraising events, weekly raffles and award and presentation functions. This year, they are deservedly awarded the Winners of the Support of Amateur Sport category.Clubs NSW
And this is just a taste of why your Macksville Ex-Services Club is the NSW club of the year for support of amateur sports.
Congratulations, and take a bow!