Bondi Icebergs Club has a strong tradition of bringing people together, and Icebergs as an organisation is committed to being an active member of the local community by investing time and resources in addressing community needs.
A key pillar of the Club’s strategic plan is to support the community. The club seeks to make a difference in the local community by helping other organisations. Over the years the club has provided numerous donations and support. In the last year the club donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service to help with the bushfires ($5000), Cathy Freeman Foundation, R U ok Foundation and recently to the Bondi Surf Club to help purchase new cowlings for the club.
In 2019 the Club introduced the Bondi Icebergs Grants Programme which will afford not-for-profit organisations the opportunity to secure funding in order to for them to extend their impact in the local community.
Rainbow Club – $13,500 (2019)
The Rainbow Club secured our first ever grant of $13,500. The Rainbow Club is a network of swimming clubs for children with a disability, located throughout Sydney and NSW, offering a safe and fun environment in which children with disabilities can swim, interact and play. The grant was utilised to provide swim teachers with the necessary training required to assist children with disabilities learn to swim.
St Vincent Curran Foundation – $10,000 (2019)
In 2019, St Vincent Curran Foundation secured our second grant of $10,000 to be used for the Cancer Exercise Prehab Program that was organised by one of our swimming members Siobhan O’Toole. The grant was used to establish a program to give cancer patients free access to an exercise rehab program during cancer treatments at St Vincent’s Hospital.
A cheque was presented to the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation at the A lap for Cancer charity swim event held at Icebergs in September 2019. It was great to see all our members get behind this event and we raised a total of $35,000 on the day.
Congratulations to Siobhan O’Toole, one of our swimmers and member of the puffers, who has just been announced as a Westfield Local Hero 2020.
This award was voted on by the community, and we wish to thank those who took part. The $10,000 grant won through this great initiative will be donated to St Vincent’s Hospital Cancer Exercise Program to develop an online exercise program so cancer patients can work out at home.
The program needs $120,000/year to treat 150- 200 patients a year and fundraising efforts continue.
The program is covid friendly as it will be delivered online and post the pilot program will be aimed to roll out across other hospitals. Exercise reduces recurrence by up to 50% and helps patients get through their harrowing cancer treatments.
Tax deductible donations can be made here
Bondi Icebergs Club supports a number of charity & community events including the Nelune Foundation. Each year in April, Icebergs hosts the Nelune Swim to support the Nelune Foundation. The Nelune Foundation provides psychological and practical support, assistance and care for public hospital and underprivileged cancer patients in the community. The Nelune Swim generates interest from all walks of the community including Icebergs members, local residents and even has current and former Olympic swimmers participating each year.
The majority of our grants are made in response to an expression-of-interest or a need or opportunity within the community. Your organisation must be a registered charity on the ACNC register and Bondi Icebergs does not direct funding to individuals. If you wish to receive any further information on the Bondi Icebergs Grant Programme or on Icebergs’ commitment to supporting our community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the 2020 Bondi Icebergs Grant Programme is currently on hold due to Covid 19.
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