Hastings River District Cricket Association Signs Up To United We Stand

Hastings River District Cricket Association Signs Up To United We Stand

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams MP today commended the Hastings River District Cricket Association and its 12 member clubs for signing up to United We Stand, a NSW Government initiative which encourages sports clubs to participate in local Centenary of Anzac activities.

Mrs Williams, who along with Port Macquarie RSL Sub Branch President Greg Laird and Cricket Association’s President Shane Williams tossed the coin at the War Memorial on Port Macquarie’s Town Green this morning to see who would bat first in a 20/20 match to be held next week honouring local diggers.

“Our sports clubs, through members past and present, hold an enduring connection to the stories of our diggers. Their stories live on through club honour boards, local history books and personal mementos kept by relatives,” Mrs Williams said.

“United We Stand encourages clubs to use the Centenary period to learn more about local men and women who served during the Great War. It also encourages clubs to find simple ways to pay respect for and honour their contribution over the next four years,” Mrs Williams said.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Victor Dominello said he welcomed Hastings River District Cricket Association to the initiative which now has support from more over 100 sports clubs across NSW.

“It comes down to the observance of the three R’s – Respect, Research and Remembrance – and Warringah Rugby Club has committed to each of these important aspects,” Mr Dominello said.

As part of its commitment to United We Stand, the club has agreed to:

Respect – Lay a wreath at a local Anzac Day Service in 2015;
Research – Forge a partnership with local RSL Sub Branches so they can learn more about their club’s/community’s service history; and
Remembrance – dedicate a 20-20 cricket game on Remembrance Day each year to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War as well as veterans who have Australia in other overseas conflicts.

“Whether it’s Hastings River District Cricket Association, Warringah Rugby Club, or Southern Beaches Rugby – the members of all these organisations have something unique to add to our Centenary of Anzac commemorations.
“They are all invaluable local ambassadors,” Mr Dominello said.

Information about United We Stand and other Centenary of Anzac initiatives in NSW can be found at: http://veterans.nsw.gov.au/centenary/.

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