Category Archives: Fundraising

Shiny new boats with deserving names

Thank you to everyone who made it down to the club on Saturday for our Melbourne Head BBQ. It was great to see so many people on water in the glorious weather and all those who came to support.

The great weather allowed us to show off and enjoy our great deck – thank you to everyone who helped organise the BBQ, prepared and cooked the food, served being the bar and generally helped out.

Once all the racing was over we celebrated with the naming of our three brand new boats. As announced at the recent AGM the Committee has purchased a coxless quad/four and a men’s and women’s double/pair. This continues our focus on expanding our fleet with new top of the range boats for our most competitive crews.

To name the boats the Committee sought the input of our members, from all the fantastic ideas it was clear there were three standout names to be recognised. All three have been involved with the club for many years as committee members, volunteers, coaches and rowers.

Our first boat to be named was the men’s double/pair. This boat is named after Anthea Amos. Anthea has been a member for 17 years, joining the club through our learn to row program. She has been an active rower for a number of year and always helps out at our ongoing learn to row sessions to pass on her wisdom. Anthea has also been a Committee member for 7 years, serving as Secretary for 6 years.

The next boat to names was the women’s double/pair named after Geraldine Goss. Geraldine has been a member for over 10 years. She is well-known as an accomplished rower, there is unlikely to be a regatta she hasn’t won and her name is well represented on the clubs honour boards. Whenever possible she also provides coaching to our single scullers to improve their skills. In addition she has been a committee member for 4 years, serving as Fundraising Coordinator and Vice President.

Finally, our new coxless quad/four was name for Barry Campbell. What can I say about Barry, as Captain he tirelessly works to maintain our fleet, source new equipment and improve the rowing shed. Whenever there is a problem with equipment he is there to provide advice. He is now in his 9th year as captain so far and continues to excel in the role. Also a competitive rower in his day, he has been seen on the water more frequently of late, possibly due to newer boats requiring less maintenance…..

Congratulations to Anthea, Geraldine and Barry. It is a well deserved honour for all of you, thank you for all your hard work on behalf of Richmond Rowing Club.

The “50 x 50” Project – End of Financial Year reminder

Don’t forget the “50 x 50” Project – in May we launched our goal to raise $2,500 by 30 June for Richmond to have the most impressive tent at a regatta next season!

Our aim was to get 50 members who have used our well-loved but aging tent to donate $50 each (remember, that is Tax deductible) as a start. This will raise us $2,500 towards a new tent, which will be more than halfway to the purchase price. If we can get to half way the Committee will order the new tent at the start of the season instead of the end.

Help the club today by donating $50 at https://asf.org.au/projects/richmond-rowing-club/new-club-tent/.

We have 17 generous donations so far – thank you all so much – so we are on our way to our goal. Remember its tax-deductible so you are welcome to donate a little more if you can. Now is the best time to make and take advance of tax-deductible donations before the end of the financial year.

Here are the full details if you need a reminder – http://www.richmondrowing.com.au/2018/05/27/the-50-x-50-project/

The “50 x 50” Project

For those of you who have competed at a regatta over the past decade, you are only too aware of the value that our well-loved tent brings us.  Whether it is the heat, or rain, the tent is one of our most valued assets.  A decade ago, it was also one of our best promotional items, with Richmond proudly displaying the best tent at any regatta we attended.  Since then, most other clubs have followed Richmond’s lead and now have more impressive tents.  And over the years, Richmond’s well-loved tent is starting to show the impact of all that love.

Richmond is a club on the go, with plans for fleet turnover and membership growth.  And we need to demonstrate this to the rest of the rowing committee by attending regattas; by wining on water, and being the most impressive off-water.  By having a tent which shows everyone at a regatta that we are a club to be reckoned with; a club not only with the resources to have the best, but also knows that looking after our members at a regatta is smart and provides us with the best opportunity to win on water.

But a tent like this isn’t cheap – and we don’t want to compromise of the awesomeness of a new tent.  The committee has agreed that next year’s funding goal will be to replace our tent, but I don’t want to wait until the end of next season before seeing a new tent.  I’m hoping that we can get a start on raising a few dollars so we can convince the club to purchase the tent sooner than later.  If we can quickly raise half the cost of a new tent, then this should be enough to warrant purchasing the tent for the start of the season, with the promise that we can raise the remaining during the rest of the year.

And how can we do this?  Given that we have had 75 different individuals represent Richmond over the past year, if they all made a small tax deductible donation to our Fleet Renewal Fund at the Australia Sports Foundation, then we will be well on our way.  The ASF is a brilliant program which allows sporting clubs like Richmond to raise money via tax deductible donations.  Richmond has been running our Fleet Renewal Appeal now for a number of years, and has been vital for the renewal of the club’s fleet in the past.

So, how about a target of 50 people donating $50 each (remember, that is Tax deductible) as a start.  This will raise us $2,500 towards a new tent, which will be more than half way.  We get half way, and then we can convince the club to order the new tent at the start of the season instead of the end.

So let’s do it!  I’m launching the “50 x 50” Project – to goal to raise $2,500 by 30 June for Richmond to have the most impressive tent at a regatta next season!  Help the club today by donating $50 at https://asf.org.au/projects/richmond-rowing-club/new-club-tent/.

Remember its tax deductible so you are welcome to donate a little more if you can!

Thank You!

Tim Evans
Head of Rowing

College rowers around the club in April

Training for the University of Melbourne intercollegiate regatta has commenced culminating with the regatta day on the 28th of April.

It’s worth noting that whilst some crews are ex-school rowers with plenty of experience many have never rowed before and will be getting a crash course in sweep rowing before competing in that first regatta in two weeks.

This year RRC has leased all of our 8’s out to the college crews. The crews are expected to be training regularly on weekday mornings and occasionally over the weekend or other times. However the 8’s will be available to us as part of our regular training sessions in the evenings (Tuesday and Thursday) and on Sunday morning.

With RRC and MLC leasing fleet to the intercollegiate rowing this year there will be a number of new faces around the club over the next 2 weeks when you add rowers, coxswains, coaches, reserves and friends. That’s a lot of potential new members so make them feel welcome.

They have been reminded to use the log book but even RRC’s experienced members forget sometimes, so check the boats are all on the racks before you lock the RRC shed up.

More information on the intercollegiate various sports including rowing can be found here:
http://www.sport.unimelb.edu.au/CollegeSport

Don’t forget your trivia night tickets – it’s this Saturday!!!

Our annual RRC trivia night is this Saturday, starting at 7pm. The theme for this year’s quiz is Arabian Nights – so don’t forget your costume!

Click on this link for tickets through Trybooking. Prices are $25 per person or $225 for a table of 10.

The one and only Justin Thomas has prepared the quiz questions from the UK with help of Aline Dejaegher and Simon Crunden confirmed to MC the evening with Derek Begg as our auctioneer for the night.

It’s always a great night and you can bring along your friends, colleagues and family to enjoy each other’s company at the club. The event is BYO food, with drinks at bar prices. Prizes for winning team and best dressed, and don’t forget to decorate your table!

Quiz Night Auction Items – Help required!!!

With our annual Trivia Night approaching fast (24 March) we are again in need of your assistance.
We are looking for items to auction….these could be just about anything…wine, tools, accommodation (especially if you have a holiday house), tickets to concerts, shows or galleries, hampers, sporting goods, jewellery, paintings, prints, linen, electrical items…. so as you can see the list is endless.
The other thing that is always a winner is the donation of your time which could include things such as Coxing (everyone needs a coxwain), coaching, handyman, babysitting, gardening, painting or if you are a professional then perhaps you could offer you service of expertise for a period of time.
We have already had a wonderful donation of 2 designer wooden benches (walnut and rift oak). Name: Botanist Minimal Désigner: Dario Antonioni and a large coffee table that has a chrome frame and finished with a toughened black glass top. Thank you Laurent but we need more
Please have a think and see what you can come up with. All donations will help raise money for the club and will be put towards upgrading our fleet as part of our fleet renewal plan which includes smaller boats (pairs/doubles and singles).
Feel free to contact me at any time with questions or donations  fundraising@richmondrowing.com.au or 0419538048
Cheers and thanks again Chris

Trivia Night tickets on sale – 24 March 2018

Following our recent club events (Xmas BBQ and NYE) our fundraising total for the year is currently above $7,000. Thanks to your great work, we are well on our way to our goal for the purchase of a new shiny boat! Look out for upcoming communications on additions to the fleet.

With that in mind, the annual RRC trivia night is only a month away, starting at 7pm Sat 24th of March. The theme for this year’s quiz will be Arabian Nights – so get your Aladdin suits ready, hop on your magic carpet and get ready for an amazing night!

Tickets are strictly limited to 100, so get in early through Trybooking. Prices are $25 per person or $225 for a table of 10.

The one and only Justin Thomas will be writing the quiz questions from the other side of the world with help from Aline Dejaegher, Simon Crunden is back to MC the evening and Derek Begg will be on hand as our auctioneer for the night.

Don’t forget, as one of our major fundraising events we are looking for auction items, the more unusual the better. You can donate your time, your one off skill, that vintage zootie or the dozen bottles of wine you have been saving. Contact fundraising@richmondrowing.com.au with any items you can donate.

It’s always a great night and you can bring along your friends, colleagues and family to enjoy each other’s company at the club. The event is BYO food, with drinks at bar prices. Prizes for winning team and best dressed, and don’t forget to decorate your table!

Tickets released for New Years Eve – book now!!!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with great friends and unrivalled views of the city’s midnight fireworks from our very own clubhouse deck.

Early bird tickets are just $45 per person if purchased prior to 22nd December. $65 per person if purchased after 22nd December. All funds raised going directly to the clubs fundraising goal of new equipment.

Don’t wait, book early and save!!!

Price includes entry to RRC, snacks, BBQ and Salads

Drinks at RRC Bar prices.

Entry from 7pm New Year’s Eve. Ticket required (No ticket no entry)

LOCATION

The Deck, Richmond Rowing Club

7 Boathouse Drive, Southbank

CONTACT DETAILS

Chris Sullivan

fundraising@richmondrowing.com.au

Our newest addition to the fleet – the Karen Doggett

It was wonderful to see so many members competing at the Melbourne Head Regatta. It was also a pleasure to spend the afternoon together as a club afterwards for a casual BBQ and drinks in wonderful weather (until the monsoon arrived!!!).

We received an urgent call to say the newest member of our fleet, a brand new men’s Sykes coxed four/quad, would be arriving that morning. There was no better time, than following the BBQ to get the club together to unveil the boat and name it through the smashing of a bottle of champagne.

As a top of the range boat which we hope will get plenty of use (and success) for the club at regatta’s, we wanted to ensure it was named after someone who has contributed so much to the club over the last few years. The Committee immediately knew who it would be appropriate to name it after – our outgoing president Karen Doggett.

Anyone who has been involved with the club ever since Karen became a member will know of her impact. Karen has been a successful rower for the club since she joined the club in 2008, with her first regatta win coming at Hamilton in a mixed eight. Since this time she has won at numerous regattas including State and National Championships, the most recent of these being in the Victoria State B grade quad in 2017. She has also been part of 2 Head of the Yarra winning crews.

In addition to this Karen has been a part of the Richmond Rowing Club Committee for the previous 6 years, initially as a general member and more recently as President of the club for 4 years until 2017. During this time Karen has shown tremendous dedication to the club, she was involved in the clubs 150th year celebrations and the club redevelopment which has left us with these magnificent facilities.

Her dedication and commitment to the role of President of the club was amazing and her legacy will continue on for many years through where the club is now and through this new boat.

We look forward to seeing this new addition to the clubs fleet at coming regatta’s, hopefully taking home some medals during the coming sprint season.

End of Financial Year Fundraising

The end of financial year is almost here and Richmond Rowing Club would appreciate your help!

You may have heard of our Fleet Renewal project, which is run in partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation to enable donations to be tax deductible. This project is raising money to upgrade our fleet.  In the last 2 years we have raised $2,780, which has been put toward the purchases of the Dennis Beck and Derek Begg (boats, not people).

But the project still needs help! We are hoping to raise $4000 before 30 June, which will enable us to purchase a mid weight single (to replace Punt Rowed ).

If you have thought of supporting Richmond Rowing Club financially this is a great time to give!

Donate to our Fleet Renewal Project today, or by 30 June, and you can receive a tax deduction in the current financial year.

Without contributions from supporters like you, we won’t have the chance to thrive, grow and compete and be a successful organisation. The future can be bigger and brighter for us with your help.

Please donate online today via our link

Once you have donated and the transaction is complete, you will receive your tax deductible receipt from the Australian Sports Foundation which you can include in your 2016/17 tax return.

Every donation counts, no matter how small; individually we are a raindrop but together we are an ocean!

Thank you for your ongoing support and loyalty and if you have any questions about this project or donating please contact the treasurer.