The Wollongong Saints Women’s AFL Club, has been named the major beneficiary of Greater Bank’s #GreaterIllawarra community program for August.
The Saints will receive $2000, after coming out on top of the public vote. While the two runners-up, Dance Sensations and Woonoona Bulli Bushrangers JRLFC, will also benefit from the program with each taking $500 for their nomination.
The Wollongong Saints Women’s AFL Club was established in 2010 as the first and only women’s team in the Illawarra region. With the growth of Women’s AFL across the country, the Saints have played an integral role in making the game more accessible for females and establishing a new local competition, which consists of 13 teams, as well as a Youth Girls representative program.
The club welcomes all skill levels, from juniors right through to AFL Women’s League representatives. The funding provided by Greater Bank will be invested in the continued growth and support of women in the sport.
Greater Bank’s Acting Regional Manager, Julie Piccirillo, said they were delighted to provide funding to such a dedicated and passionate club that is working hard to boost opportunities for women in the league.
Over the past eight years, the Saints have produced many talented players who have represented at state and national level. We are proud to see the Illawarra getting behind women in the sport and giving them the support and encouragement they need to achieve their goals - Julie Piccirillo, Acting Regional Manager
“The future is bright for the Wollongong Saints with a dedicated and motivated committee of volunteers and coaching staff on board.”
Voting is now open for the September funding round with Western Suburbs JRLFC, Balgownie Rangers Football Club and Corrimal Surf Life Saving Club in the running. Members of the public have until Wednesday, 26 September to vote for who they think should receive the major funding.
Voting is simple and can be done either online at greater.com.au/greaterillawarra or by dropping in to one of Greater Bank’s five branches across the region.
“It doesn’t take long to submit your vote, but collectively the effort you make will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the local community,” Mrs Piccirillo said.
“As a customer-owned bank, the #GreaterIllawarra program is central to our commitment to support the communities that support us.”
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by visiting greater.com.au/greaterillawarra and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.