Supporting grassroots sports at the inaugural Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration

30 Nov 18

We were delighted to be a Foundation Partner of the inaugural Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration held in Melbourne on Wednesday 21 November.

Hosted by the Australian Sports Foundation, an independent sports fundraising body that was formed by the Australian Sports Commission in 1986, the inaugural event brought together business leaders, decision makers, Olympians, philanthropists and influential individuals to educate on the positive impact sport can have on our lives and the need for funding of grassroots sports programs.

With Australia’s first female and 27th Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard as the keynote speaker, a strong case for change was made that inspired an investment in our youth, in grassroots sport and recreation and in community.

The importance of supporting local community sporting programs to not only encourage participation but to support mental health was clear. At the heart of every healthy functioning community is sport. By understanding that sporting clubs and athletes need support, we can then help create a healthy and active Australia.

Four Australian sporting champions, each selected for their sporting ability and alignment to the Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration values were announced as the 2018 ambassadors:

  • Alex Blackwell, professional cricketer
  • Dyson Heppell, Australian Rules Footballer and All Australian medallist
  • Danni Di Toro, Australian Olympian and former wheelchair tennis world number one
  • Kyah Simon, professional soccer player

Funds raised at the event will be directed to projects which address the Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration’s key priority areas:

  • Women and girls in sport
  • Physical activity
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Leadership and decision-making.

The Australian Sports Foundation has been championing change in all levels of sport, particularly grassroots and community levels. As the only organisation to offer tax-deductable donations for sport, they are empowering clubs across Australia by providing the opportunity to create projects that will make on impact on a variety of cause areas through their small grant’s program. To date, they have successfully helped sporting clubs and organisations raise more than $300 million in addition funding.

We believe sport isn’t just for elite athletes; it’s the glue that brings many communities together – migrant communities, remote and drought-affected communities, people living with disability or trauma are just a few. For many of our not-for-profit customers, sport is the language that crosses all these boundaries. Alongside inclusion and diversity, it fosters leadership opportunities and healthy lifestyles to ultimately build stronger communities. And so, we’re proud to be supporting the Australian Sporting Foundation in their fundraising efforts.

Find out more about the Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration or the Australian Sports foundation here.

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