A record 10 West and South-West Sydney clubs have a nervous wait ahead of them to see if they will be crowned winners at this year’s Clubs & Community Awards. The Awards recognise the immense contribution NSW clubs make to their local area and to the state in general across a range of key categories.

The 10 West and South West Sydney finalists are nominated across the categories of Education, Arts and Culture, Health, an Outstanding Regional Initiative, Youth, Sport and Welfare and Social Inclusion.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said that this year’s Awards had a record number of entries making the competition tougher than ever. “The Clubs & Community Awards is the night of nights for the not-for-profit club industry and gives us the opportunity to recognise those clubs that are going above and beyond for their communities,” he said.

 “You just have to look at the finalist clubs from West and South West Sydney to see what a critical role they play in the community. I would like to wish the ten West and South West club finalists all the best and congratulate them on their innovative, exciting and effective programs that make such a difference to people across the region.”

Lantern Club is nominated for their support of the Brighten Your Life with Books Program, formed through a partnership with Dymocks. The program promotes literacy and helps children fall in love with books. As part of the program, the Club has donated $80,000 in funding for the regeneration of libraries in six local primary schools in the area.

The Awards will be judged by an expert judging panel including Australian philanthropist and actress Paula Duncan AM, former Minister for Gaming and Racing Kevin Greene, Centre for Volunteering Chairperson Valerie Hoogstad and former ClubsNSW Deputy CEO Wayne Krelle. The West and South West Sydney finalists will find out if they are winners in their category at the official awards ceremony on 8 May at the Awards night at the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park.

West and South West club finalists:

  • The Lantern Club – nominated in the Education category
  • Wests Ashfield – nominated in the Youth and Welfare & Social Inclusion category
  • Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club – nominated in the Education, Sport and Heart of the Community categories
  • St Johns Park Bowling Club – nominated in the Heart of the Community category
  • Club Merrylands– nominated in the Education category
  • Club Liverpool – nominated in the Welfare & Social Inclusion category
  • Canterbury League Club – nominated in the Welfare & Social Inclusion category
  • Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club – nominated in the Arts & Culture category
  • Campbelltown Catholic Club – nominated in the Health category
  • Bankstown Sports Club – nominated in Outstanding Regional Initiative, Welfare & Social Inclusion categories

Have a look below at some of shared excitement from students at Punchbowl Public School, compliments Lantern Club’s Brighten Your Life With Books initiative.

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