Telling stories that make a Difference
The Wests Group takes pride in designing and delivering community support services to the local Macarthur region and beyond, in a way that enhances family lifestyles. We believe in empowering our community with inclusive social support, education and donations through the adoption of tailored strategies to ensure the needs of individuals, families and sporting groups are met. The Wests Group aims to identify the needs of the local community and develop actions that aid the strategic direction of the Macarthur Region and its residents.
Do Something Day Bike Drive
To coincide with the upcoming ‘Do Something Day’ campaign, a celebration of volunteering and community contributions, Wests League Club is proud to be supporting a young local girl from Minto named Tia Brennan.
Tia collects broken bikes, fixes them with the help of her father and younger sister, then donates them to charities in the Macarthur area including The Benevolent Society, Campbelltown, UnitingCare Burnside Macarthur, The Salvation Army at Macquarie Fields, and Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative.
In an effort to support Tia with the recycled bike project, Wests ran a Bike Drive between Monday 17th July and Friday 21st of July. All donated bikes brought to Wests during these dates were stored and passed on to the Brennan family for rejuvenation. Check out our Do Something Day video here.
The Wests Group of Clubs pride themselves on giving back to the local community and assisting in various sporting events and team games. The Group continues to donate money, equipment, support and facilities to a variety of sporting Clubs, including the Tennis Association Australia.
CEO of Wests Campbelltown Mr Tony Mathew, presented cheques totaling $10,000 to aspiring tennis players Hannah Matic, Ryan Melham, Toby Curry & Trent Marlin (absent), alongside Southern District Tennis Association President Craig Barrett.
Funding is provided to assist these junior players in receiving the best coaching, travel costs and incremental costs to attend championships, as they continue to strive towards playing at the elite level. On behalf of the Wests Group of Clubs we wish them well in their pursuits.
St Gregory's College Annual Celebrity Sports Dinner
Wests Campbelltown entered their 23rd year of sponsorship of the St Gregory’s College Annual Celebrity Sports Dinner. Year 12 students Jack Nixon and Kuzi Jaravani presented the Wests CEO, Tony Mathew with a certification of appreciation following the event.
The dinner was a huge success for St Gregory’s College with in excess of $190,000 raised with funds going to the Foundation Education Fund.
NRL School to Work Program
Barringtons Training Services supported by Wests League Club Campbelltown, have just graduated 19 Indigenous students who are part of the NRL School to Work program studying Certificate II in Hospitality which is part of the ClubsNSW Jobready Pathways To Excellence Program.
The students gave up their traditional schoolies vacations and volunteered in their own time to continue studying after their HSC had been completed in order to boost their job prospects and create career opportunities. For some of the students this is the start of their Hospitality careers, while others are looking to secure casual work opportunities whilst studying at university.
The four week course combined a mixture of theory units including their RSA, RCG and Food Safety supervisor certificates, and practical bar operations and coffee training. Wests Campbelltown were eager to support the program and held the course onsite, they generously opened up their facility to provide the school leavers with the practical module required for thier graduation. Students were given the opportunity to experience the various components of Wests League Club including the kitchen, bar, gaming and function operation; they also had the chance to interact with customers and tour back-of-house facilities, allowing them to gain an insight into the industry and an opportunity to choose a pathway to pursue.
The feedback from graduates was extremely positive and they are excited to pursue career opportunities in the hospitality industry. Already one graduate has secured an apprenticeship in commercial cookery at Wests League Club Campbelltown and 8 further graduates are commencing casual hospitality work. Many others have scheduled job interviews in the next week to continue their development progress.
The NRL School To Work Program (S2W) is an education and employment program that utilises the positive profile of the game of Rugby League to support and encourage young Indigenous Australians to stay at school, get a job, and be a legend for themselves, their families and their communities. The program provides young Indigenous Australians with work experience, mentoring and leadership opportunities to ensure they successfully complete school and transition into further study, training or meaningful employment. The S2W Program is backed by an exceptional team of NRL players, staff, community, government and business supporters.
ClubGRANTS funding 2016
The 4 Major Clubs in Macarthur being, Wests League lub, Campbelltown Catholic Club, Campbelltown RSL and Ingleburn RSL, contributed $80,000 to 20 local charity groups under ClubGrants Category 1. The combined estimated contribution for these Clubs for Category 1 and 2 is expected to be over $3.1Million.
Wests Group CEO, Tony Mathew handed Afgan Fajar Association representative, Mr Sayed Hussainizada, with a grant to run a ‘Swim 2 Survive’ program aimed at young girls and boys from a CALD and disadvantaged background; like refugees and families settled in Australia for less than five years. Mr Hussainizada said “We thank Wests for their contribution as Afganistan is not surrounded by water like Australia and participants will gain an increased understanding of water safety and swimming skills”.
Lifeline Staff Christmas Clothing Drive
For almost 40 years Lifeline Macarthur has provided care and support for residents in the Macarthur region and to help support such a worthy cause, the Wests Entertainment Group teamed up for a Staff Christmas Clothing Drive in 2015.
Wests staff were encouraged to rummage through their wardrobe and donate items they no longer needed. The staff of Wests thought it was a great opportunity to show the importance of recycling and giving back to the people in the local Macarthur community. Funds raised from the sales at Lifeline Macarthur help provide a free crisis support service.
Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Annual Ball
Embracing the Mexican Fiesta theme at the 2016 Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Annual Ball on Saturday night. As a Founding Sponsor, Chairman, Warren Thomson and Director, Roy Warby accepted a thank you plaque.
The Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation continues to work in the community to raise funds to purchase paediatric medical equipment for our local Hospitals and Community Health Centres. The Wests Entertainment Group is proud to be a contributor to this worthy organisation.
Brewarrina Junior Rugby Club Boot Drive
The Wests Group recently donated football boots and head gear to the Brewarrina Junior Rugby Club; a young team located in the north of New South Wales. The donations allowed 120 kids to compete in the Rugby Knockouts with confidence whilst feeling united in their own team colours.
The Rugby team have been playing in the area for the past 45 years without any team gear. Wests are proud to be part of such a great cause.
Campbelltown City Challenge Walk
Team Wests every year put their walking shoes on and participate in the local Campbelltown City Challenge Walk held in March at the Mt Annan Botanical Gardens. It always is a great morning with lots of effort put in by all team members.
Congratulations and well done to all involved and thank you to all staff and their families for participating in the Walk every year.
24hr Fight Against Cancer
The Wests Entertainment Group are proud sponsors of the local 24hr Fight Against Cancer. The annual event is held in October, aimed to fundraise funds for the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, the Oncology Ward and the Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit at Campbelltown Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit and associated Outreach service at Camden Hospital.
Show your support by gathering a team together and heading down to Campbelltown Sports Stadium and walk for a cause. GO TEAM WESTS!
Muru Nanga Mai Giving Tree
On behalf of Wests, thank you to all members and guest who kindly donated gifts for The Giving Tree from 2013-2016. These gifts were given to the children of the Muru Nanga Mai Aboriginal Community. The children and community were extremely grateful and cherished each and every present donated.
Biggest Morning Tea
To help support the Cancer Council, Wests has held a Biggest Morning Tea at the Club during the month of May from 2014-2016. It was a great success with a variety of people purchasing cakes and coffees and all money going directly towards the Cancer Council.
Overall Wests raised over $700 at each Morning Tea. We would like to thank all our patrons who anticipated in the morning tea and all staff who helped make this happen.
Design An Ad
Wests League Club decided to sponsor Design an Ad in 2014 and 2015 as the local program encourages participating students, schools and businesses to work together. The sponsoring of the program allowed the Club to give back to and support the local community from which a majority of our employees are based. The Design an Ad project also created opportunities for the Club to connect and build relationships with local community members and businesses.
Overall the Design an Ad program benefits the region in general as the prizes are placed back in the local area and it ultimately brings the community together.
Tennis Club Sponsorship Program
CEO of the Wests Entertainment Group, Tony Mathew presented grants to 6 junior tennis players from the Southern District Tennis Association. Mr Mathew said “Wests has a strong commitment to providing grants to assist young people in the Macarthur area be able to pursue their goals within their chosen sport”. The funding provided to these athletes will assist with the costs of training, development, purchase/repair of tennis rackets etc and participation at an elite level.
Recipients are Ryan Melham, Ryan Connors, Cormac Clissold, Rhiannon Marlin, Trent Marlin and Hannah Matic. These young players are all members of the Southern District Tennis Association and play at both regional and state levels within their age groups.
Rural Fire Brigade
CEO of the Wests Group, Tony Mathew and Country Club Camden Valley Manager, Dallas Borg proudly presented a cheque for $2,000 to the Catherine Field Rural Fire Brigade.
Brigade Captain Garry Smith stated that they had just taken delivery of a new Category 1 Fire Tanker and with the funds received from Wests they are now able to purchase more equipment for the vehicle.
The Wests Entertainment Group has been committed to providing the local community with sponsorship, educational and recreational support. The football players were from a range of local schools in the Western Suburbs Junior League and Group 6 Junior League areas including Mt Carmel, St Greg’s, Wollondilly Anglican College, Sarah Redfern and Ambarvale High School and all aged between 15 and 17 years.
The Wests Entertainment Group funding of $40,000 for these players was provided to assist in school fees. All of the boys play Junior Reps for Western Suburbs Harold Matthews and SG Ball teams. Wests CEO, Tony Mathew said “The Club continues to maintain it’s commitment and support of local football and wish the recipients a great future in Rugby League”.