The Cauliflower Club is a charity who embrace the values of Rugby Union through our members, sponsors, ambassadors and partners to help raise funds to provide sporting and recreational equipment to enhance the lives of those with a disability, with a bias towards sporting related injuries.
We have an Annual Lunch, our CCXV team who entertain country crowds and Rugby Long Lunches - Join Us.
I am very sad to note the passing of our immediate past Chair of The Cauliflower Club, John Fordham AM. He was a brilliant Chair of our charity, and put tremendous energy into setting us up as a much more stream-lined operation, drawing on half a century's experience in the business world. I cite fondly the words of one of our directors Steve Adamson on the news: "He was an amazing bloke..I learnt more about business and dealing with people just by reading and re-reading his emails than I did in 20+ years in business. One of those blokes that you wish you could have more time with to learn from...."
And so say all of us.
Vale, John. You were a great servant of The Cauliflower Club and we are in your debt.
I wrote the following words for the Herald to sum up his life.
Chair, Cauliflower Club of Australia
CCA Board Director and former Wallaby and Waratah Rob Horne, took on the huge personal challenge of the Kokoda Track in late July. Learn more about his thoughts on the trip.
To everyone who attended our lunch. It was a great gathering of rugby lovers.
Thank you to all our sponsors and to everyone who bought a raffle ticket, bid on an auction prize, joined in heads and tails, shared their rugby stories as you all contributed to a wonderful event.
Thank you for your support.
The photo gallery is up on the lunch page - so check out if you made it into the gallery.
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We recently headed out to Bankwest Stadium for charity round with The Waratahs and joined with our friends at Wheelchair Sports NSW to provide a 'come and try' experience on the way into the Stadium. If you have not made it out to Bankwest yet, it is worth a visit.
As well as having the chance to showcase Cauliflower Club in the program and on the screens at the Stadium, we were able to bring along the car presented to Royal Rehab at our last lunch for their Return2Drive program to showcase this and the wheelchairs provided to WSNSW to help share the value of our organisation and the generosity of our members. CCA Director Dean Mumm joined in the action proudly wearing his coveted CCXV jersey.
Huge thanks to WSNSW and GIO NSW Gladiators squad members from L to R: Mark Leslie, Daniel Clarke, Harry Clist, Alex Partington, Jake Field, Simon Bartlett, Ben Leaudais who joined CCA Directors Rob Horne, Dean Mumm and Alison Nolan at the event.
We were delighted to be able to expedite delivery of two hobie kayaks to Sargood to make the most of the summer weather. As you can see, the kayaks are getting a good workout and add to the developing range of activities that can be undertaken by those who spend time at Sargood.
These kayaks are the latest in a series of ways we have provided support to Sargood via donations - the adapted gym, the pool table / table tennis table and now these kayaks all support the activities at this fantastic Centre.
CCA purchased an adapted pool table and presented it to Sargood on Collaroy where Terri and Rebecca showed off their pool shark skills. The table has proven hugely popular and has led to some late night socialising, We were touched by the story of one guest at Sargood who said it was the first time he had been able to teach his son something that they could do together
Thanks to the generous donations provided over the past year, Cauliflower Club were delighted to be able to present Matt Mackay from Royal Rehab with a new modified Toyota Camry at the 2018 lunch in November. This will facilitate their Return2Driving program. The program promotes safety and independence in driving for people with a range of disabilities and/or medical issues.
The Cauliflower Club were delighted to be hosted for a reception by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd )) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove. The weather was spectacular and we were delighted to celebrate the work of the Cauliflower Club in such wonderful company and surroundings.
Established late 2012 by Peter FitzSimons (President) and Nick Farr-Jones (Vice President) The Cauliflower Club is a Rugby based charity committed to providing sporting and recreational equipment to enhance the lives of those with a disability, with a bias towards sporting related injuries. We use the power and prestige of Rugby Union, through our members, sponsors, ambassadors, and partners to help raise funds for the Cauliflower Club to make our mission statement a reality.
Peter sees it slightly more artistically …. “Though our boots be hung and our day be done, our mission is to bring together the Rugby core as in days of yore. Let us be a gathering point for the folk, and backs too, who know that having cauliflower ears marks you as a man of honour. We want to harness the spirit and values of the game they play in heaven, and through that to give a helping hand to those who have suffered disabilities.”
Charity funds are raised via the generosity of our growing Australian and overseas expat membership base, through our annual fundraising lunch held in Sydney, and a range of events attached to various Rugby games at Local, Club, State and International levels.
Membership is $50 per year and branded merchandise is available through the Club. If you are interested in joining us – please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, an optional ‘try fine’ $50 tax-deductible donation is called for every time a Wallaby front rower scores a try.