Sporting clubs have opportunity to fundraise through ASF

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St Lukes Australian Sports Foundation
St Luke's rowers, who have registered with the Australian Sports Foundation and have their own fundraising page.

The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) is helping Bundaberg Region sporting clubs, associations and individuals with their fundraising goals.

Ryan Holloway, National Sales & Partnerships Director of the Australian Sports Foundation, said it was particularly important at this time.

“The impact that COVID-19 is having on community and grassroots sport is catastrophic,” Ryan said.

“The Sports Foundation is working on new funding sources for community sport, using our charitable status.

“We encourage clubs that want to register their interest in receiving funding, sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media, where details will be provided in the coming weeks.

“At the Sports Foundation we work with many partners on fundraising from local sports clubs, individual athletes, community groups, schools and local councils to help fundraise for the development of sport.

“The sports community will play a vital role in returning society to a sense of normality once the risks of COVID-19 start to decrease and social distancing measures are eased.

“We need to ensure that they remain viable during this time and sport is able to recommence once the time is right to do so.”

Bundaberg sports groups already registered with ASF

Several Bundaberg region sporting organisations are already registered with the Foundation and are finding it worthwhile, including St Luke’s Anglican School Sports Fund and Rowing Fund.

Len Kirchner, Director of Co-Curricular Sport Activities at St Luke’s, said it had been very worthwhile.

“The partnership between the ASF and St Luke's Anglican School through programs such as the St Luke's Rowing Equipment Fund means that donations of $2 or more are tax deductible, which is a real benefit to donors and makes fundraising easier,” Len said.

“We received our own fundraising page that can be online or via social media.

“All the donations received are transferred to us monthly and we have 24/7 access to our fundraising page via our online portal. 

“It made it easier for us to direct potential sponsors to the fundraising page.

“Fundraising in this way also made it possible for donors to have the tax deduction benefits for any donations more than $2.”

Len said it was important that the club itself got behind the initiative.

“The more dedicated people you have to drive the project, the better the outcome will be,” Len said.

“At St Luke's we are fortunate to have a very active and passionate Rowing Parents Support Group, assisting the School to drive this initiative. The ASF is just giving us another arrow in the quiver.”

More groups encouraged to register with ASF

Ryan Holloway said he’d like to see more Bundaberg region sporting organisations register.

“We’ve seen a number of clubs in the Bundaberg region sign on with the Sports Foundation in recent years.

“We hope that we can grow our footprint in the region as we understand the importance of sport to the Bundaberg community.

“We would welcome an opportunity to work with more sports projects in the region on fundraising and assisting in the growth and development of sport in the communities.”

To find out more or register, all clubs need to do is visit www.sportsfoundation.org.au and click the ‘Sign Up Now’ button at the top of the page.

This will direct them to the online application form that they can fill out and submit to register with the Australian Sports Foundation.

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