$1.4 million in donations has been split between two nonprofits as Club Central celebrates its 50th anniversary, reveals Greg Johnson.

Calvary Health Care’s Sydney division received a whopping $1 million donation from Club Central on Saturday night. The donation was one of two made on the evening by the Sydney-based club, with Sylvanvale Foundation also being presented with a $400,000 donation as part of the club’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Calvary Health Care Sydney’s chief executive officer Karen Edwards said the donation would go towards its respite services. “This very generous donation from Club Central will enable us to establish a much needed holiday and weekend respite service for carers of dementia sufferers and younger people with acquired brain injury within the St George and Sutherland districts,” she explained.

Sylvanvale Foundation will use its donation for similar services, according to chief executive officer Jill Deering. “This extremely generous donation will allow Sylvanvale Foundation to continue providing much needed respite care for children with a disability and their families. I am incredibly grateful for Club Central’s wonderful support,” said Deering.

Club Central president Bernie Holdsworth said it was clear respite care was an area crying out for help when the organisation was considering which organisations would benefit most from a sizeable injection of funds.

 “We decided to provide a significant donation to help these organisations provide such respite care within the St George and Sutherland districts,” explains Holdsworth. “Calvary Health Care and the Sylvanvale Foundation are extremely well respected organisations at the forefront of providing care and support in their respective communities and sit very well with the board’s wish to be part of a broader solution.”

The extraordinary donations were in addition to the $725,000 donated throughout the year through Club Central’s grant scheme.  

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