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Embedded in the culture of the vast majority of our club members is the ideal of charity and volunteerism. It is always at the forefront of the organisation and the committees that perform the remarkable delivery of these programs.

Not surprisingly most clubs are very modest about their achievements. Those that are touched by the giving and the volunteers who love to be involved. CCV just happened to pick up the local Melton paper to find out about The Melton Country Club House Committee.

What a superb example of what community clubs and their boards, members and volunteers can achieve. The members of the Melton Country Club are not all diehard Essendon fans although it should be said most are, however all members are dedicated fans and contributors to the Melton Country Club House Committee fundraising every week…….. footy or no footy. For over 16 years the House Committee has raised over $200,000 to support the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

This money sponsors two beds in the neonatal intensive care unit. The House Committee are a volunteer group of members and they work every week to raise funds for a large variety of projects. Some are just fun like Friday night raffles for prizes and themed nights for members to let their hair down. It is Wednesday nights that all funds go to their sponsorship Program at the RCH. At Christmas, for the past fifteen years, a cheque for the money raised from Wednesday night raffles throughout the year is presented to Donna Aranyi, Philanthropy Executive at the RCH Foundation at the Melton Country Club
Christmas party.

“I share a bond with this community, a bond that is representative of those who never give up despite challenging odds. I cannot thank the Melton Country Club and their House Committee enough; they are an inspiration to us all and the RCH is privileged to be embraced by this wonderful community of fundraisers.” said Donna.

The committee is comprised of five volunteers with over 85 years service between them. Debra Carroll, the current Treasurer of the House committee, along with her twin sister Belinda, were recipients of the extraordinary care of the RCH when they were just 11 years old. This began a lifetime of dedication to assisting others less fortunate. The committee also organise different charitable and fun events. Regular 3-day bus tours and weekends for members to all parts of Victoria. Every year they also coordinate the serving of the
ANZAC Day Gunfire breakfast which is well supported by the local community.

As well as all the hard work carried out, the House Committee, Melton Country Club and Essendon Football Club share these key business objectives: the fostering of community support via financial assistance and to help local sporting clubs and community groups achieve ultimate success for their organization.

Melton Country Club contributes $100,000 annually to local community and sporting groups via its community grants program.

For other articles relating to Food and Beverage please click here to view CCV Autumn 2021 Hub – Food and Beverage Edition

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