I am very proud to be able to thank the almost 50 people from our club family who have helped out the Food Bank and West Moonah Community House in their essential community work over the past five weeks, and a special thank you our club would like to extend is to RSEA.
This company, which previously traded as Get Real in Tasmania, has been a long-term supporter and sponsor of our club, and in 2020 they have stepped up to be our naming rights partner - the Glenorchy RSEA Magpies.
One area that RSEA, and particularly their state manager Natalie Gulliver, wanted to focus on this year was our club's community outreach, to join us in growing the work we do in and for the northern suburbs community.
Northern Heartland Community Project
From that, the Northern Heartland Community Project was born, as a partnership we were looking to grow together, and boy hasn't it grown. It has certainly answered the call during COVID-19, and that's a good thing in a time of need.
Between our football club, our sister netball club Palena and RSEA staff, the Northern Heartland project has now delivered more than 330 volunteer hours in the past five weeks, which is a tribute to everyone involved.
RSEA has not only provided volunteer hours and finance to cover things like petrol in the Magpie Van for food deliveries, they have also supplied items like sanitiser, gloves and hi-viz vests for our volunteers to use and operate safely.
With their help, we have delivered more than 180 food boxes direct to people's doors - from New Town to Austins Ferry and everywhere in between on behalf of West Moonah Community House - and prepared thousands more food hampers at the Food Bank in Derwent Park.
We've also thoroughly enjoyed the rewarding interaction with our local community in the process.
Supporting those who support us
As we saw last year looking back over 100 years, our club has a strong history of supporting the community that supports us, and it is pleasing to be able to do so during this particular time of need, and it is very pleasing to have a partner like RSEA alongside us.
Besides again thanking our many volunteers who are the arms and legs of the Northern Heartland Community Project, I would also like to acknowledge the many hours being put in by club coach Paul Kennedy.
PK has embraced the call to support our community and it is clear the community have adopted him as the face of the project. The feedback to the club has been very positive and no doubt our role as one of the key foundations in our community has been reinforced.
Keep well, and we all look forward to the time when all the Magpies can flock together. We will continue to keep you informed of developments.