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.
We recently took a visit to Royal Rehab to check in on the car that was donated by CCA members at the 2018 lunch. The program at Royal Rehab has now been running for just over a year, and has seen many people start to take the steps back to independence.
We put together a short video to showcase the value and impact that the dollars you donate to us can have.
It with great sadness and a very heavy heart that we inform you that the Cauliflower Club XV lost one of our own.
Colin “Snogga” Snowden, from Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsular in remote NT, suffered a massive heart attack and passed away a few days before his 53rd Birthday, leaving his wife Alison and children Jye, Koby and Mahlia, the kids all being talented and emerging Rugby player.
His family statement -
Snogga is well known and respected throughout Australia as a ‘larger than life’ character, who had a great impact on those he came into contact with. He has had a massive impact on our family in the way that we were shaped as people through passing down his morals, values and just joy for life, he will always be remembered as the person who would give his shirt off is back to help someone in need.
His love for family, surfing and rugby never wavered, he felt privileged to be able to share his knowledge and passion for rugby through coaching and mentoring the future generations. He has left his mark on all the teams he played for/with/coached/mentored, passing on not only his love of, but his stories and values of the game they play in heaven.
He encouraged us to be the best version of ourselves. He will always be known as a very loving and caring family man.
We would like to thank;
The First Responders, Police, Ambos, Hospital staff, for your efforts, support and care.
Our family and friends, NTFRS / NTPFES, our extended rugby family and surf lifesaving family, everyone who has sent messages, we are feeling the love and support on a global scale,
Love and Respect Always
Ali, Jye, Koby and Mahlia – Colin’s Family
The next CCXV match will be played in Our planned CCXV game at Bowral on 16th May 2020 will now not be going ahead, in line with Government guidelines. We are hopeful that we can reschedule this game later in the year and will provide updates as the situation becomes clearer.
We have now launched our new membership system which includes e a much simpler portal for members and a member benefits section, as well as the opportunity to purchase Cauliflower Club merchandise.
With the current Government restrictions around events we are not currently announcing our 2020 Lunch. With so much uncertainty around the coming months, we will review the situation in May based on current guidelines at that time, and advise accordingly. We are hopeful to host the lunch later this year if possible.
International Women's Day is an opportunity to recognise all the women who contribute to our wonderful game - both on and off the field, in paid and unpaid roles.
We took the chance to check in with CCA Director Alicia Lucas for her insights on the status of the game.
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.
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 email@example.com
In addition, an optional ‘try fine’ $50 tax-deductible donation is called for every time a Wallaby front rower scores a try.