As the sun shone on the Peanut Farm Reserve, St Kilda, Reclink Australia celebrated 25 years of responding, rebuilding and reconnecting Australians experiencing disadvantage through sport, recreation and arts programs.
The day’s activities were commenced by Father Bob Maguire who provided the occasion with a blessing and acknowledged the work that Reclink has undertaken, not only in the local area, but on a national level. The crowd were entertained by a diverse range of performers including, kid’s entertainment duo Ta-Da, African drumming combo, Rhythm of Life, a Bollywood dancing troupe and Indigenous performers.
“Our 25th anniversary was a celebration of Reclink’s commitment to using sport and art programs as a tool to bring the community together and break the cycle of disadvantage” said Peter Cullen, founder of Reclink Australia. “It was amazing to see the community enjoy the activities we had planned for the day and to be able to thank our member agencies, volunteers and supporters, some of whom have been with Reclink from the very beginning.”
Reclink Australia’s was also privileged to have Hon Jenny Macklin MP, representing Hon Bill Shorten MP Leader of the Opposition, Mr Colin Brooks MP representing Hon Dan Andrews MP Premier for Victoria, Senator Janet Rice, and Cr Serge Thomann Deputy Mayor City of Port Phillip attend on the day to launch the 25 Year Anniversary Event and present ‘The Spirit of Reclink Awards’ to the 2015 winners.
The Spirit of Reclink Awards acknowledge the significant contribution made by individuals, community groups, member agencies and corporates partners over the past twelve months in assisting disadvantaged people and communities to participate in sport and arts throughout Australia. The awards are an opportunity to recognise individuals connected to Reclink Australia that have gone above and beyond, in essence, those that have demonstrated the ‘Spirit of Reclink’.
“Over 60,000 disadvantaged Australians have benefited from Reclink Australia’s programs over the past 25 years and it is wonderful to be able to bring together our supporters and thank them. Reclink Australia is grateful for the support we receive from our hundreds of volunteers, member agencies and parliamentarians across Australia. Our extensive community reach combined with our low cost model of service delivery provides significant benefits to disadvantaged Australians.” said John Ballis, CEO Reclink Australia.
The 25 year anniversary celebration was a reflection of the role that Reclink Australia has played in the community, drawing together a diverse range of the local community, State Sporting Associations, musicians, artists and Local, State and Federal politicians.