Hawks RLFC receives major donation to further sports complex

Project organiser Dakka with Bruce and the fundraising thermometer, which took a jump this week.

A MAJOR donation has been received by the Tea Gardens/Myall River Hawks RLFC, giving a massive boost to the Myall Park Sports Complex project currently underway.

Previously preferring anonymity, local benefactor Bruce Hopkin chose to speak with NOTA about his recent donation, in the hopes that his $10,000 donation would inspire other locals and businesses to get behind the project.

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“If it will help the club, I’ll do it,” Bruce told NOTA.

“I’ve been a resident here for the last 25 years or so, seen the Club go from virtually nothing – just eskies on the side of the field – to what it is today.”

The Hawks Club had received a State Government grant that helped kick off the first stage of the Complex project, including the new canteen and referees’ room, but the funds fell short of making the rest happen.

“The old shipping containers were a bit ‘third world’, and after watching the Club for 25 years, I’d like to see them move into the new era for players and supporters to enjoy,” Bruce explained.

“The football club brings the community together, and helps keep everyone, especially juniors, out of trouble.

“This is an opportunity to give back to the community.

“If I can do that for a sports club that’s done so much, helped support the juniors coming up and the seniors playing now, I thought that would be a nice gesture.

“I would like to see others get behind the club, too, and it would be very nice to see the Complex finished off entirely.”

Bruce was also a big sponsor for the former Hawks Ladies Tag team, which still holds great interest around town.
“Dakka and Cycs are tireless in their efforts, I don’t know what the Club would be without them,” Bruce added, as he stood with Dakka’s symbolic fundraising thermometer, which has proudly recorded the donation, although there is still a long way to go.

Donors, big and small, are all welcomed at the Myall Park Complex – from as little as sponsoring a block for $20 each, or larger options at the new Stage 1 building.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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