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Thank a First Responder – 2020

On Sunday 9th the Community of Cobram Barooga came out to say thank-you to all the region’s emergency service groups. These included local Police, Ambulance, Fire and SES Groups as well as many other groups that work tirelessly behind the scenes such as Municipal Emergency Management Teams, Red Cross, Rangers and Earthmoving companies.

An initiative of the Barooga Sporties Group and held at Nineteen81, the event aimed to recognise not only the contributions of many of these organisations in assisting during the recent bush fires, but also the broader role these groups and individuals play in keeping our community safe.

Sporties President Gary Hunt said “Like many others, we really wanted to do something relating to the fires and after some discussions we thought that an event like this, that brings together all of our services, many of who are made up of volunteers, in one place and allow our community to come and just say thank-you was slightly different, but an important way to communicate our gratitude”

On the day, the Barooga and Tocumwal Rural Fire Services, Cobram CFA, the Cobram Ambulance and local branches of the Vic and NSW SES were all represented, while the local police also dropped by.

The family event included free entertainment, BBQ, face-painting and jumping castle, but it was the emergency service trucks, vehicles and personnel that were the true stars of the day as kids got to sit in a fire truck and see the inside of an ambulance.

A highlight of the day was the $5,000 donation made by the Sporties Group and shared across 5 of the region’s emergency response groups.

“Via our Board, staff and members there really was a strong feeling of wanting to provide support but also acknowledging our local groups involvement, we thought by providing a donation to those in attendance it would assist them in continuing the amazing work they do” said Mr Hunt.

Barooga Rural Fire Service Volunteer Tyler Smith said “it really was a great day at Nineteen81 and the significant donation we received is very much appreciated and will be going towards shed upgrades and equipment. The day is a great example of locals supporting locals”

Vic SES volunteer Carrie Hawke said that “it was also great just to be able to spend some time and socialise with the other groups, which we rarely get to do, generally when we see each other its under the pressure of dealing with an emergency”

Everyone enjoyed a fantastic day with calls on all fronts to make it a regular event for the area.

One of our primary focuses at Sporties is to be an active and positive contributor to our local communities.

Over the past 30 years we have donated millions of dollars and an un-quantified amount of time into the support of our local initiatives and organisations demonstrating our ongoing and passionate commitment to the communities we serve.

Sporties Barooga proudly presented Lorin Nicholson to regional school children, as part of his Seesharp/Bullycheck tour.

Lorin’s motivational delivery of the anti-bullying message is internationally renowned, and was showcased to hundreds of school children on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th of August.

Sporties reports marvellous community feedback for the tour.

To learn more about how we can support your organisation, please simply contact us or click here to fill in an online enquiry form.

The Sporties Group is the major employer of the Berrigan Shire. The Sporties Group now comprises of the Sporties Barooga, Cobram Barooga Golf Club, Sporties Health & Fitness and the Sporties Barooga Bowls Club.

With close to 180 workers now employed, the Sporties Group provides a workplace for many varied occupations.

Staff are employed in administration, accounting, reception, marketing, promotions, bar stewards, maintenance, chefs, cleaners, gardeners, greenskeepers, gym staff, bus driver, swimming teacher, golf professional etc.

Apprenticeships, traineeships and internal staff training are all available at different times when the occasion arises.
The Sporties Group prides itself on a high standard of customer service in many mixed occupations.

Thinking of a career with the Sporties Group? Simply head to our online enquiry form.

The Sporties Group proudly supports BULLYcheck

Need for Feed – 2018

Sporties Barooga have been long time supporters of the Barooga Lions and the work they do with Need for Feed to help farming families in regional Australia cope with the effects of natural disaster on their farms and livelihoods.

We are incredibly proud to continue that support with a $3500 donation going to Need for Feed, enabling them to purchase an entire truckload of hay. The hay will be joining a convoy of more than 100 trucks and 50 support vehicles heading for the New England region to help 400 families.

There is still plenty of work to be done though, with Linda and Darren from Need for Feed telling us that they currently have 1500 families on their books who need help and there’s no sign conditions will be improving any time soon.

Anyone who would like to show their support, donations can be made to Need for Feed at their website www.needforfeed.org or you can bring in non-perishable donations to us here at Sporties Barooga.

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