December 2015 LION

Holden Helps Clean Up the Kitchen

For the small town of Paskeville, north of Adelaide on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, the local community centre and sports ground is an essential part of its heart and soul.

Home to six different sporting groups including football, cricket, netball, tennis and basketball teams and a bowling club, it is, according to Tracey Browning, the immediate past vice president of the Paskeville Netball club, a vital community asset.

More than that, she says it is the only place where the town’s 430-odd residents can come together to socialise.

“There are no shops in Paskie, the hotel that was over 100 years old burnt down two and a half years ago, and the school got closed down as well so the only social outlet is the community centre,” Browning says.

And with more than 80 members fielding eight teams from seven-year olds through to A-grade seniors, the Paskeville Netball Club is an important part of the community.

Providing food and drinks for the constant flow of netball players, family members and spectators is an important part of fundraising to keep the club afloat. However the clubroom’s kitchen has recently been falling well short of what is needed.

“All we had before was a sink with two cupboards, a set of drawers, a very old fridge, a tiny microwave and a second hand coffee machine,” Browning says.

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“We had nowhere to prepare food, so we were only selling what was donated and we had to present all this on a dodgy trestle table. I was personally very concerned about the safety of our volunteers.”

“The dream was, and it was a three year plan, to raise money to be able to make the room a lot safer and fully compliant with food service guidelines,” she says.

And that’s where Holden stepped in, with the club becoming one of the recipients of the first round of grants under the Holden Home Ground Advantage program, which has committed to donating $5 million over ten years to help grassroots sporting clubs.

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With a grant of $17,700 from Holden, along with discounted cabinetry and appliances from local suppliers and carpentry, electrical, plastering and painting services provided by club members, Browning says they were able to put in a completely new kitchen and service area.

“If it weren’t for this grant, we wouldn’t have the hand-washing station, we wouldn’t have a fridge that actually works properly, and we wouldn’t have a stove and oven. We have never had an oven, so now when there is hot food donated, we can keep it hot!”

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And it was all done just in the nick of time, with work finishing on the Friday before Paskeville Netball Club hosted, and played in, the season’s regional preliminary finals, with more than 1500 spectators coming through the gate.

“We had eight teams this year between football and netball going into the finals, but sadly none of the netball teams got into the grand final, but we did have three teams playing in the preliminary final,” Browning says.

“So it’s quite a successful club and I think it is because of that sense of community and that every single person is a volunteer.”

Now with its new facilities, thanks in part to Holden, Paskeville Netball Club is looking forward to hosting the 2016 Grand Finals and hopefully, a win.

Applications for round three grants are now being accepted and close on February 28, 2016. For more information visit www.holden.com.au/homegroundadvantage.

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