About the project

Established in 2001/02, the Fire has spent the past 15 seasons engraining ourselves in the North Queensland community and striving for ongoing success both on and off the court. As part of this process, the club requires significant investment in infrastructure - including training tools - to allow us to compete in the WNBL and to improve the at-match experience for our members and fans. With 70% of Townsville RSL Stadium's capacity allocated to season tickets, the Fire's has a long-term strategic vision to increase the size of the venue and to ensure that our fan base continues to grow. Donations will also ensure that the Fire's Academy program - geared towards developing North Queensland players into future WNBL representatives – can be implemented in satellite locations and not just situated in Townsville.

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About Townsville Fire

About The Friends of the Fire is the fundraising arm of the JCU Townsville Fire. Established in 2001/02, the JCU Townsville Fire is one of the nation’s pre-eminent and most successful women’s sporting clubs. Having secured the 2014/15 Wattle Valley WNBL championship, the Fire boasts a star-studded playing roster that features 10 players with international experience including three Olympians. Driven by a passionate, dynamic and highly respected skills-based Board, the Fire is the only professional women’s sporting team in Northern Australia and represents positive, healthy, female role models. During the 2014/15 WNBL, the Fire ranked number one if the following categories: • TV Audiences – 11% higher than the league average. • Attendances – 400% higher than the league average. • Membership – A 72% increase on 2013/14 figures. As a not-for-profit organisation, the Fire is committed to providing inspiring, positive role models to the North Queensland community and beyond through our mentoring and school-based programs. Over the course of each season, the Fire is involved in more than 80 community engagement activities including an ongoing Youth Engagement Program that provides direct mentoring to disengaged youth with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, an Indigenous Employment Program that transitions high school students into employment and/or further education with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and a Get Going Program that encourages active participation with the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing. In addition to these, the Fire has also played an active role with the following community events and organisations. These include: • Althea Projects Inc – A not-for-profit organisation that is tasked with placing up to 190 children per night in Foster homes across Townsville, the Burdekin and Charters Towers. • CORES - A community-based program which educates members of a local community on how to intervene when they encounter a person they believe may be suicidal. • NQWLS - A community legal centre which seeks to improve women’s access to justice and to promote change within the justice system. • Ronald McDonald House Charities - A not-for-profit organisation that helps seriously ill children and their families. • Ovarian Cancer Australia - A not-for-profit organisation that provides support and advocacy for people affected by ovarian cancer. • Townsville Relay for Life - A community event that raises vital funds for the Queensland Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. • Light The Night - A community event that raises vital funds for the Leukaemia Foundation so they can aid Australian families affected by blood cancer. • Run Townsville - A community event that raises vital funds for the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at Townsville Hospital. • Healthy, Active Women and Girls Expo - A Townsville-based event aimed at getting more women and girls active. • Mayor's Christmas Tree Appeal - A Townsville-based appeal which provides food and gift donations to a variety of local not-for-profit organisations. Despite our on-court success, the costs involved with servicing the North Queensland community – on and off the court – continue to grow. The Friends of the Fire has been registered with the Australian Sports Foundation to assist the club in the following areas. They are: • Community and grassroots development • High performance • Facilities Donations are fully tax deductible and each donation will play a vital role in ensuring the development of these critical areas. Donors can select a specific project to donate to or alternatively, donations can be made to the overarching fundraising Friends of the Fire campaign. By contributing to the Friends of the Fire, you are helping the JCU Townsville Fire deliver on its strategic objectives and ensuring that they continue to provide an essential role to the North Queensland community. Community and grassroots development As a not-for-profit organisation, the Fire is committed to providing inspiring, positive role models to the North Queensland community and beyond through our mentoring and school-based programs. Over the course of each season, the Fire is involved in more than 80 community engagement activities. In addition to these, the Fire runs three junior participating programs aimed at ensuring more North Queenslanders are active and participating in basketball. They are: • Fire Flies - Introductory coaching sessions for girls and boys aged 2-6. • Fire Bugs – Intermediate coaching sessions for girls and boys aged 7-11. • Fire Starters – Advanced coaching sessions for girls aged 12-16. All sessions are run and managed by the members of the JCU Townsville Fire. High Performance The JCU Townsville Fire is one of the nation’s pre-eminent and most successful women’s sporting clubs. Having secured the 2014/15 Wattle Valley WNBL championship, the Fire boasts a star-studded playing roster that features 10 players with international experience including three Olympians. Providing a world-class program for our athletes - inclusive of the right, training facilities, equipment and high performance staff - is paramount to our future success. In addition to this, the Fire also runs an Academy program that is aimed at developing North Queensland players into future WNBL representatives. Facilities Established in 2001/02, the Fire has spent the past 15 seasons engraining ourselves in the North Queensland community and striving for ongoing success both on and off the court. As part of this process, the club requires signnficant investment in infrastructure - including training tools - to allow us to compete in the WNBL and to improve the at-match experience for our members and fans. With 70% of Townsville RSL Stadium's capacity allocated to season tickets, the Fire's has a long-term strategic vision to increase the size of the venue and to ensure that our fan base continues to grow. Donations will also ensure that the Fire' Academy program - geared towards developing North Queensland players into future WNBL representatives – can be implemented in satellite locations and not just situated in Townsville.

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