The ETU supports a range of community and non-government organisations, many of which do not receive support from traditional sources. Sponsorship and resources provided to these organisations by the ETU include volunteer time and financial and network support. These are some of the most recent organisations to receive backing from our Community Grants Scheme.
Breakwater Eagles Sports Club
The ETU has awarded the Breakwater Eagles Sports Club with a community grant of $1,000. The Breakwater Eagles is a local Geelong sporting club which has provided a soccer venue for the last 30+ years. The club is based on a volunteer run organisation which raises its own money to fund the club. A canteen is organised on weekends when teams play at home and we have many satisfied customers.
Currently, there are 10 teams playing ranging from under 7's to seniors (men and women) and have around 130 members. The ETU community grant will go towards purchasing some new soccer nets for the club’s junior pitches and some new soccer balls.
Morwell Junior Basketball Tournament
The ETU was a proud sponsor of last weekend’s Morwell Junior Basketball Tournament. More than 85 teams, from under 10s to under 19s age groups, converged on the Latrobe Valley to compete in this annual event. The Mooney kids (pictured) from host club Morwell Magic were thrilled that their dad’s union was a major supporter of the tournament.
Albion Football Club
The Albion Football Club in Sunshine field 2 senior teams as well as five junior teams in the Western Region Football League. Junior involvement in the Club has grown to 200 registered participants. The ETU has made a contribution of $1,000 from our Community Grants Fund to support the Club’s successful Auskick programme for children under 10 years of age to learn the basic principles of football. We’re proud to support a Club that promotes a safe family environment and the positive values of youth sport.
Altona Life Saving Club
The Altona Life Saving Club is a non-profit organisation that is run solely by volunteers. The ETU’s grant will assist the club to provide a safe beach for swimmers, an education program for all interested in learning more about surf safety, and a competitive program for the young and the young at heart.
Barwon Soccer Club
The Barwon Soccer Club is one of the largest soccer clubs in the Geelong region. It is growing very fast and this year has just under 400 players, 300 of whom are Under 18. It is a not-for-profit and non-denominational club. Their new synthetic pitch opened in 2011 and a brand new club house opened in 2013.
Regrettably their clubhouse was broken into some months ago. The ETU’s Community Grant to the Club enabled them to repair the damage and improve security so it is less likely to happen again.
Dingley Village Men's Shed
The Dingley Village Men’s Shed (DVMS) has been operating each Friday out of their home at Braeside Park since October 2013. There are two sheds that the group is renovating and setting up as a workshop and amenities space on the site. The 103 group members have also been actively engaged in woodwork, bike repairs for charities and metalwork. ETU State Secretary Troy Gray visited the shed armed with a cheque for $1,000 to assist the group with the renovation of their facilities.
Victorian Drag Boat Club
ETUVIC Shop Steward at Robert Bosch, Shannon Crundwell, likes going very fast on water. Shannon is an executive member and racer with the Victorian Drag Boat Club. The club needs funds to maintain the rescue boat (pictured) that is a crucial safety unit for rescuing crashed drivers from the water. ETUVIC Executive has provided financial support through our Community Sponsorship Grants.
“The club really welcomes the support from the ETU as these powerful high speed boats are capable of over 200mph over the ¼ mile race track so driver safety and rescue is paramount”, says Shannon.
At the 2015 Australian Drag Boat Nationals held at the National Water Sports Centre in Carrum ETUVIC provided our trailer mounted BBQ to cook for over 5,000 spectators, drivers, crews and their families. ETUVIC Executive Member and Managing Director of Electrical Electronic Industry Training (EEIT), Graeme Watson, sponsored a team of voluntary hospitality students from our training partner, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, who provided the cooking and serving to the large crowd.
“The young blokes from Holmesglen were magnificent in their professional manner and they looked after the cooking and serving for the spectators and families for the whole day,” said Graeme.
The club and ETUVIC offered special thanks and acknowledgement with a small gift to the students and teachers from Holmesglen,
Geelong West CFA
The Geelong West Fire Brigade is a volunteer service that attends call-outs for bush and grass fires, structural fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous chemical spills and industrial accident. Volunteers also undertake roles such as fundraising, training, community education and station maintenance. Brigade Lieutenant Michael Patterson is an ETU member and Health and Safety Rep at the Ford Proving Ground. The ETU has provided the Brigade with a Community Grant of $1000 that has enabled them to purchase a Heart Start defibrillator.
Latrobe Cricket Club
The Latrobe Cricket Club is affiliated to the Central Gippsland Cricket Association and provides sport and recreation opportunities to people in the Latrobe Valley from the age of 8 upwards.
The ETU Community Grant of $1000 will assist the Club with continued supply of no-cost participation for junior participants from the ages of 8-16. The Grant will be used for the purchase of balls and training aids to assist in development and match play.
Moe Football Netball Club
The Moe Football Netball Club has great facilities and a strong focus on development of people. They have a strong focus on the local community and providing opportunities for boys and girls to participate in sport in a clean environment with family friendly morals.
The ETU’s sponsorship of the Club will assist them to deliver on their strategic message that they deliver quality coaching and provide a strong community focus of engagement. It will also enable them to open their doors to the public and ensure good governance and support for the volunteers , players and their families.
Monash Warriors Gridiron Club are among the latest recipients of an ETU community Grant following an application by ETU member Joel Fitzgibbons (pictured in the #20 shirt). The Warriors are Victoria's most successful gridiron club having won 10 of the last Vicbowl state championships.
Like the ETU, the club is committed to safety of its members and will use its grant to buy state of the art helmets for use by rookies and juniors. President Alex Thomas said, "We thank the ETU for its generous support and hope it help spark the Warriors onto great things in 2015."
Southside Junior Football Club
The Southside Junior Football Club in Traralgon supports 4 junior sides as well as a group of special needs kids who are fully involved in the activities of the Club. The ETU has provided the Club with a grant of $500 so they can purchase some badly needed training balls. Blair Turnbull, and ETU member at Australian Paper, is Vice President of the Club and has been involved for many years as both a player and coach.
St Albans Breakwater Cricket Club
The St Albans Cricket Club are the proud recipients of a $1000 grant from the ETU that will be used to support their junior cricketers. The funds will enable the Club to provide free membership for all juniors and a Club cap and cricket equipment for every player. ETU Shop Steward at Powercor in Geelong, Mark Barwick, is involved in the Club, and tells us that the ETU logo appears on the Club’s shirts and training gear and appears on a sponsorship monitor in their clubrooms.
St Kilda Celts
The St Kilda Celts Soccer Club is one of the latest community sporting clubs to benefit from an ETU Community Grant. Our donation of $1000 will assist the club in the purchase of new kit.
St Kilda Celts was formed 2011 and has won both league titles in seniors and reserves in FFV Metro Central League. They train in Alma park in St Kilda on weeknights @ 6.30pm, and play their games at Elwood Park on fortnightly saturdays. They are an all inclusive club looking for new members all the time.
Wyndhamvale Football Club
Wyndhamvale’s Reserves and Women's side brought home flags in 2014, their U14's played off in a grand final and the Seniors and U18's went deep into finals along with most of their other junior sides. The club remains strong and healthy with approximately 300 registered players taking to the park in 2015 from Auskick through to Seniors including youth girls.
The Club is the recipient of a $1,000 ETU Community Grant that will be used to purchase two flat screen TV’s in the Club’s social room. One of the TV’s is being used for entertainment while the other TV is being utilised as an information hub. Club information is screened on a daily basis, which includes a slide show presentation of all players and officials.