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Club donates playground to Shoalhaven Centre

Shoalhaven Corps Officer Captain Matthew Sutcliffe (centre) with Steelers Club General Manager Sharon Arrow (right) at the playground with some enthusiastic youngsters.

The Steelers rugby league club in Wollongong (NSW) has donated its indoor playground to the Shoalhaven Salvation Army Centre in Nowra.

Shoalhaven Corps Officer Captain Matthew Sutcliffe, the Shoalhaven Centre manager, said he was thrilled about the donation and appreciated the generosity of the Steelers Club, which included reconstructing the playground onsite.

“One of the bonuses of the playground is that it creates a safe space for kids to play allowing parents/caregivers space to sit and talk and receive support,” he said.

The Shoalhaven Centre aims to build a strong and healthy community by developing and providing programs, activities and services that respond to the needs of the most disadvantaged and isolated people within the local community.

These programs include Pathways Alcohol and Other Drugs services, Doorways (welfare assistance), First Floor Program, a workshop/veggie garden for youth, the playgroup and church.

Sharon Arrow, Steelers Club General Manager, said it was an easy decision to donate the playground when the club decided to undergo renovations, which included removing the playground.

“The Salvation Army do incredible work within the region, and I know how much the organisation appreciates the playground and the benefits to the community, such as having a safe space for families to meet up and connect,” Sharon said. “It’s great to know that it is a useful asset to the Shoalhaven Salvation Army Centre.”


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