Community

So much more than a building and bar, Hampton RSL works hard to develop relationships within the local community. These relationships include visiting older veterans in our locality and ensuring they have what they need to enjoy the best quality of life, raising money for community development projects, offering our facilities as a home base for other community organisations and generally being an exemplary community citizen.

Hampton RSL Club was awarded the Best Community Event 2016 for the organisation of the Centenary of Gallipoli on Anzac Day 2015.

 

Australia Day Award 2016 (L-R Allan Redmond, Janine Davies, Peter Lanigan, Helen Ward)

BRIGHTON WOLVES

Hampton RSL and the Brighton Wolves Basketball Club have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial association. In 2004 our Sub-branch became the official home of the basketball club.

 

Until recently, the Wolves used the Sub-branch for all their official and social gatherings of the players and families, including their annual presentation of awards. This association has been further strengthened with the installation of four basketball rings which now provide the Wolves with their own training ground and facilities.

 

These rings were purchased through a grant from the Bayside Council. These basketball rings were officially commissioned on Sunday, 20 March during the Sub-branch open day which coincided with the Wolves 2016 presentation of awards.

SPREADING THE CHRISTMAS SPARKLE

The Christmas spirit of Hampton RSL was shining bright on 5 December 2016. Through the tireless commitment of Mike Anglim to the local community, Hampton RSL hosted a Christmas activities evening and dinner for approx 50 Bayside children (and parents) who have had it tough in 2016.

Without a doubt, the parents and kids had a ball with all the pre-dinner games, meeting Santa and simply having fun with each other. They must have been good as each received a present.

With huge support from Sergeant Arran Fergusson, Bayside Police; Fiona Gathercole, Team Sports 4 All; Kelly Edwards from Bayside Youth Services, BayCISS and Family Life – Christmas happiness was in the air. Thanks to two special guests: Tim Wilson, Member for Goldstein, who visited, rolled at least one classic bowl and supported the community event; and Inspector Drew Morgan who took charge of the Big Jenga.

Thanks also to Jo Kwok, Louise Fergusson, Jodie Hill, Lynette Taylor, Choc Mirabito (HRSL) and Peter Malloy (HRSL) for their efforts and time. And to all the sponsors who donated gifts, food and other goods, thank you so much – Bunnings, TeamSports4All, Bayside Mailer and Sandy Footy Club.

BAYSIDE CHILDREN’S ANZAC SERVICE

The Hampton RSL Sub-branch again hosted the Anzac Day ceremony for all Bayside schools on Friday 21st April 2017. Over 300 children from a range of public and private, primary and secondary schools participated in this inspiring Bayside School ANZAC Ceremony.

 

The ceremony was attended by several diggers, Legacy widows, Tim Wilson MP, Member for Goldstein; Mr Murray Thompson, State Member for Sandringham; Mayor Alex del Porto of Bayside City Council; Roger Wilson Chairman of Order of Australia Association- South Central Branch; and Neville John, Rotary District Governor. Several other Bayside Councillors attended along with many parents and members of the RSL and local community.

 

LCDR Helen Ward RANR, Vice President of Hampton RSL, spoke to the students of her experience in overseas service and on looking back to Anzac Cove in 1915, how it was the Navy that was first into Suvla Bay, Gallipoli and the last to leave. President, Peter Lanigan, also addressed the students and introduced the Ode, Last Post and the one-minute silence.

 

Another inspiring feature on the program was the announcement of the winner/s of the Poetry Competition from each school and the winners then reading their winning poem to the audience. The maturity and expression from each of these winners was truly moving and each received a resounding applause.

 

Dr John Basarin OAM, initiator of the ceremony said: “It is believed that this ceremony enhances the students’ understanding of significance and meaning of Anzac Day by participating at an event specifically designed for them”.

 

The ceremony, which was first held in 2016, promotes the recognition of Anzac Day by young people in schools in Bayside. The President of the Hampton RSL, Mr Peter Lanigan said: “The outcome for this Anzac Day project benefits local schools, students and the greater community”.

 

The Ladies Auxilliary of Hampton RSL Sub Branch instigated the donating of books to the schools, rather than laying of wreaths. Each book is later presented to the school libraries in memory of a loved one or friend who was a member of the Australian Armed Forces. A certificate on the flyleaf of each book serves as a reminder to the reader of the significance of Anzac Day.

 

Special thanks to St Leonard’s College who provided a 120-strong band and choir ensemble to complement the event, Hampton Primary School Choir who sang “In Flanders Fields” so beautifully, and the Catafalque Guard from the Mentone Grammar Army Cadet Unit.

 

The Bayside-based Rotary Clubs of Brighton, Brighton North, Hampton and Sandringham assisted with the event.

WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS

We could not run many of our sporting competitions and events as successfully as we do without the generous support of our sponsors.