We are proud to announce we were the 2016 M2M Challenge highest group fundraisers!

Almost $75,000 was raised in total and because of the Wollongong communities generosity funds raised this year will provide Greenacres with a new training centre.

Thank you to everyone that donated or took part in the challenge, every individual contribution is appreciated.

Some of the community organisations who have benefited this ClubGRANTS year include-

  • Port Kembla Cricket Club $5000
  • Illawarra Police Charity $1000
  • Wests Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club $800
  • Warrawong High School $800

At Oak Flats Bowling & Recreation Club and the Illawarra Yacht Club we believe that our local community is the responsibility of all those who participate in the community.

That’s why we’re committed to local community development programs which directly benefit members of our local community. Forming relationships with organisations within our local community that share our same values is important to us. Giving back to our community is what it means to be a genuine community club with genuine community values. Over the past year the Oak Flats Bowling Club and the Illawarra Yacht Club have taken responsibility for their communities by donating $182,378 towards local sporting teams, schools, associations and community projects. This is $55,078 over and above our statutory obligation.

A recent project to benefit from our donations is the Wacki Film Festival which will see Port Kembla Public School, Lake Heights Public School, Kemblawarra Public School, Cringila, Public School and Warrawong High School receive $15,000 over the next three years. Funding provided by our Club will see students from these local schools gain skills in writing, producing, editing, acting & screening a short film. Deputy Principal Brad Hughes says " We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Illawarra yacht club in the development of our very unique WACKI film festival. This project is very community-minded as it promotes a positive relationship within the Warrawong Community of schools and their teachers, students and families." Both the Oak Flats Bowling & Recreation Club and the Illawarra Yacht Club remain committed to assisting and benefiting our local communities wherever possible and in doing so invest in the future of our community.

Oak Flats Bowling & Recreation Club and the Illawarra Yacht Club are proud to announce Lake Heights Public School as their most recent Club Grants partner in sustainability. This partnership will see the Club donating $4,000 to Lake Heights Public School to fund sustainability projects aimed at involving and educating students in environmental practises.

Matt OHara, CEO of the Club explained that the funding is donated as part of the Club Grants scheme however ‘our Board has committed to donate an additional 30% each year above and beyond the requirements’ he said. ‘The extra donations go towards supporting local communities and commendable initiatives; it’s another example of the Illawarra Yacht Club and the Oak Flats Bowling & Recreation ClubDear Members, being genuine community clubs with genuine community values’.

Club Chairman Kevin Grainger is proud of the fact that following the amalgamation the Board are able to take their first steps into the Warrawong community. ‘We hope to communicate and share our values with the lakeside communities and create lasting partnerships which promote and support these values.’

Lake Heights Public School is no amateur when it comes to teaching its’ students about the environment with permaculture gardens already in place and a Sustainability Committee coordinated by teacher Jacqueline Stehr.

The Club’s funding will transform the humble veggie patch into an interactive living classroom. School Principal Peter Heddles envisages students will be able to be involved in the food process from seedling to stomach. ‘It will be an environment where organic food is grown, cared for, harvested, cooked and consumed by students’ he said. The Club’s Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator Mandy Humphries is pleased to see the school and the Club sharing the same sustainability ideals. ‘We both collect rainwater to use in our gardens and use our waste to make compost which builds soil fertility and sustains garden productivity’ she said.

The Club is proud to share its values in caring for the environment and living sustainably and looks forward to the Lake Heights Public School community and Club community coming together to share and learn new skills.