Hockey centre looks for funds
TWENTY-FIVE years ago Gympie had the best hockey facilities on Australia’s east coast. Now, the Gympie Hockey association is aiming to restore the Gympie Hockey Centre to its former glory.
The first step in that goal is a new artificial surface, but to do that Gympie Hockey Association needs the help of the community to raise much needed funds for the project.
The club is holding a launch of two major fundraising initiatives on Friday, June 18 at 5pm at the hockey club.
Gympie Hockey President Ian Wenzel said the major goal of the fundraising effort was to get a new artificial surface.
“The major strategy in the facility upgrade is the replacement of the existing sand based surface with a new, hybrid artificial playing surface,” Wenzel said.
“The new surface will have the playing characteristics of a water based surface without the use of water, which will have energy saving and financial benefits to the association and the community.
“Gympie Hockey has been exploring all funding avenues and as well as successful fundraising initiatives, has garnered substantial support from the community.
Wenzel said Gympie ANZ had provided the association with a $160,000 loan facility, guaranteed by Gympie Regional Council, Gympie APEX had pledged $10,000 to the project and Gympie Cornett’s Super IGA had provided $15,000 sponsorship over the next two years.
“GYMPIE Hockey is now waiting on the results of some major grant funding applications but, irrespective of the results, the cost of the project, estimated to be approximately $380,000, means fundraising needs to continue to ensure the viability of the project,” Wenzel said.
“Two major initiatives are a tiered sponsorship package opportunity for businesses, which includes field naming rights - with the option of the business name being cut into the surface and a donation process through the Australian Sports Foundation.
“This provides the opportunity for tax deductibility for donations to the project for individuals, families and businesses.”
Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.
The association will be hosting a launch of these two initiatives on Friday, June 18 from 5pm at the Gympie Hockey Club on Power Road, Southside.
Wenzel said invites had gone out to a range of community members and supporters, as well as hockey members, but anyone who would like to financially support this exciting project were urged to come along and add their support.
“A new, world-class surface will not only support the growth of the game locally but will enable Gympie Hockey to host state, national and international competitions, which would be a huge boost to the local economy and lift the profile of hockey in the local community,” he said.
In other hockey news, the Cooloola Heat men’s hockey side has the weekend off. The Gympie veteran women’s side is currently in Warwick at the State Veteran Titles.