The Cauliflower Club charity 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 fundraising lunch, - which is in the traditional club rugby style. We have our CCXV team that features former Wallabies and invited players and we travel to regional clubs and entertain country crowds with our old boys shenanigans with some rugby thrown in. We would love you to join us. Membership is $50 per year.
Our latest donation thanks to the generosity of members has been very timely. We hear how the trailer is making an immediate impact.
It is always great to see the difference created by the donations that we make thanks to the generosity of our members. We recently took a visit to Royal Rehab to check in on the car 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.
I had the dates written into my diary, scribed on my wall and engrained into my mindset and thinking for the past four years. As athletes we are constantly faced with challenges and often need to be adaptable but this one was tough to swallow.
“I fell in love with Wheelchair Rugby as soon as I saw it, and I have done it ever since,” Chad said.
He’s now represented Australia as part of the Steelers team, and is working towards his ultimate goal of being part of the Paralympic team in 2021
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. With the addition of the new trailer in mid 2020, this now means that more spectacular places are accessible to use the kayaks.
Cauliflower Club provided 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.