Rotary in action: Graeme Donnelly Cup fund-raiser

Team effort: Wollongong Rotary president Dot Hennessy, PCYC manager Michael Jones, Graeme Donnelly Cup Committee chairman  Brian Wyver; PCYC's Snr Const Cate Johnston and project organiser Sgt Bob Minns.
Team effort: Wollongong Rotary president Dot Hennessy, PCYC manager Michael Jones, Graeme Donnelly Cup Committee chairman Brian Wyver; PCYC's Snr Const Cate Johnston and project organiser Sgt Bob Minns.

The Graeme Donnelly Cup has been successfully held for the 5th year, with the Rotary Club of Wollongong supporting through a BBQ to raise funds for Police Legacy, PCYC and Police families in need.

The event, on Sunday, September 24,  featured an action-packed program to cater for the family-friendly focus for the day.

The local Indigenous community were engaged through their Illawarra Titans Rugby League team who played against the Corrective Services Cougars Team, with Titans winning right on the bell.  Both teams thoroughly enjoyed the exposure and are looking forward to being involved next year.

The Senior Sgt Memorial Schools Challenge followed, with Shellharbour and Figtree Primary Schools playing tag football.  The game resulted in a 2-all draw with both teams receiving a trophy.  This is another first feature on the program for the afternoon.

The next to feature was the Sgt Col Stevenson “tug-o-war”. The traditional challenge of strength between the two Police Local Area Commands was won easily by the very large Lake Illawarra Police Lions Team.

The Senior Constable Ray Schubert memorial touch footy game resulted in the Wollongong Police Falcons regaining the cup against the Lions. 

The feature match of the day was the Graeme Donnelly Cup, the traditional hard, tough but “friendly” rugby league game with the Lake Illawarra Lions again taking out the trophy 26-14.

Local sponsors led by Principal Partner, Chris Nikolovski and his family brought along for the display their Ford GT 350 Falcon; whilst Chris Wade, Manager of Remondis and his team brought one of their very familiar waste trucks.  Alan Parson of Parson’s Funeral Directors is also a sponsor of the Cup. 

The Committee also recognised and thanked Andrew and Mandy at First Choice Mechanical; Gareth and Di from Gala Trophies; Grant and Mick from Fernhill Smash Repairs; and Alex of Alexander Michael’s Men’s Wear.

The day also remembered and recognised a special trophy for Nick Skomarow, Steve Tier, Bernie Doyle and Pat Carney, which was presented to players of the feature match of the day.

The Chair of the Graeme Donnelly Cup Committee, former Detective Chief Inspector Brian Wyver (retired) and Project Organiser Sgt Bob Minns, both attended the PCYC on Wednesday after the game to present a cheque for $5000 to the manager of PCYC Wollongong, Michael Jones.

A cheque for the same amount was also presented to Police Legacy with the remainder of the funds raised on the day going to local Police families in need at this time. 

For more information about the broad range of PCYC Programs commencing in Term 4, phone 4229 4418.  For more information about Rotary and becoming involved in Rotary projects, contact Dot Hennessy o 0412 120 314 or email – dothennessy@gmail.com.