Since the early 1900's, St. Mary's have called Anthony Costa oval at West Kardinia Park our home. Over the past 20 years in particular, our club has witnessed significant growth.
When the existing facilities were last upgraded in the 1980’s, the club had 5 football sides and around 150 members. In 2019, St. Mary's has 21 male football sides, 5 female football sides, 34 netball sides, over 100 Auskick representatives and more than 1,000 members.
If you drive past you will see that the main redevelopment of the Don Mathieson Pavillion has now been completed and once COVID 19 restrictions are lifted, the facility will cater for all of our members and community groups for many years to come.
The completion of the rooms in early April 2020 will bring the total development for the club over the past 4 years to in excess of $3 million. A summary of development is as follows:
Total Development Cost $3,051,000
St Mary’s has done an enormous amount of work planning and working to fund all of the development work. The club has had an infrastructure account in place for over 10 years where significant funds have been saved in planning for this development. The club has also been fortunate to receive a $1.1m grant from the Victorian Government, $350,000 from COGG along with fantastic support from Elaine and Tony Costa to raise funds for the project.
Whilst the club is still looking at all avenues to raise more funds through grants etc. the current forecast is the club will face a shortfall of around approximately $30,000 in total funds. We are yet to complete an extension to the north end of the change rooms which will supply us with much needed extra storage space.
We have had a great response to our original fundraising goal of $200,000 to enable us to fully complete the project without the need for a loan.
We have received donations through our Australian Sports Foundation fund but also received donations of goods and services which currently has us approx. $30k short of our target which is remarkable for what will be a $2.7m development with a club contribution of over $1.2m.
Please consider donating to help us reach our final goal. Donations made through the Australian Sports Foundation are tax deductible for individuals and companies.
We need your help - This is your opportunity to contribute to a wonderful community asset, and have your involvement recognised for future generations to see.
As well as making your donation, we urge you to please pass this on to family and friends who have any connection with the St. Mary's Sporting Club community!
Any donation amount is appreciated however a Foundation Wall will be established in our new rooms for donations as follows -
However no amount is too small, anything you can afford will be appreciated.
HOW TO DONATE:
Through our fundraising partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation, donations are fully tax deductible!
Credit cards accepted – VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX - (EFT also available)
* For all donations of $2 or more, an official ASF receipt will be forwarded to donors by email for taxation purposes, deductible for both businesses or personal.
Donations can be accepted online or if you would prefer to talk to a club representative please contact Kevin McMahon on 0457 507 202 or Jock McMahon on 0419 133 282
You can also download a manual donation form here.
We thank you in anticipation.