Opening our community heart
Doors may be shut, but community work continues.
Established 73 years ago, Richmond Club is living and proving it’s mantra “community heart” through difficult economic times, by being a club that openly cares and assists the community, despite being effectively closed by government restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.
From making care packages available to families and the elderly; to welfare car transport and contactless delivery or takeaway food services, the club has rallied to assist the greater Hawkesbury community, not just its members.This assistance hasn’t been limited to individuals either, it encompasses local charities and the local business community too.
“We have not ‘shut our doors’ to the community in a time of greatest need,” says CEO Kimberley Talbot, who together with the Board of Directors believes this is the true spirit of a community club – mateship, help and support – principles our founding service men and women first established the club upon.
“We’re there, because we care,” she said, “in both good times and hard times to keep our community going during this crisis, unfortunately some other clubs are not stepping up.
“While we cannot deliver our full range of operating services during the pandemic, we can still provide welfare assistance and adapt our food services to continue to partly trade in-line with stringent safe practises and government guidelines, albeit at a loss in a time with no revenue coming in.
“It’s a really tough time, but we’ve managed to keep staff employed through Job Keeper across the club, the golf club and Hawkesbury Living aged care. We’re so proud of this, it is the right thing to do despite the increasing costs we’re incurring as we cannot fully trade.”
Officially closed from normal trading since March 24 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Richmond Club has working with the community, while adhering to strict government guidelines, through various avenues.
“We may be physically more socially isolated during the pandemic, but our club is still socially inclusive in various ways including supporting local businesses
- Pink Finss Charity, welfare care and car transport to oncology and specialist appointments;
- Partnered with Donut King to keep it producing local products and employment;
- Door-to-door welfare car services for medical appointments Call: 0438 966 100;
- Providing care essentials packages;
- Subsidised senior meal specials home delivered through the Golf Club bistro;
- Home delivering $15,000 of prizes to winners in our virtual Easter Egg draw;
- Keeping staff employed with Job Keeper assistance, and ensuring they are Covid-19 infection control health certified;
- Keeping historic Richmond Golf Course open, which gives 70 veteran members, and social golfers, a place to play;
- Hawkesbury Living aged care employing more Richmond NOVA staff to assist in cleaning and infection control procedures;
- Contactless delivery and pick-up of dinner meals available through Villaggio bistro;Now dine-in at Villaggio,in keeping with easing of stage 1 pandemic restrictions;
- Virtual members draw: Stash the Cash $200 to win every Monday when you order a home delivery, take away or dine-in at Villaggio;
- New mega Mums and Dads raffle as well as commencing Bingo when we reopen.
“Social isolation is a major issue for everyone at this time. Combatting isolation is what community clubs do best, and we will continue to be an essential part of support in our community, because now clubs are needed more than ever.”
If you’re looking for a delicious dinner for your family and want to help keep locals employed, take advantage of Villaggio Bistro’s takeaway, delivery or limited dine-in service. Safe, friendly and delicious.
Call 4578 1144 for bookings or to arrange pick-up or delivery (Wednesday through Sunday).