Cronulla RSL Memorial Club recognises that Christmas isn’t always a happy time for many families in our community due to various hardships, so they decided to give HOPE!


The ‘Trees of Hope’ represent just that – HOPE!  Six local charities were invited into the Club in November to decorate a tree each that reflects their organisation and the amazing services they provide to the community.  Over the course of eight weeks, the Club’s members, guests, staff and Board of Directors were welcome to vote on the trees that touched their heart.


Representatives and volunteers from Kookaburra Kids, Endeavour SKWAD, headspace Miranda, Dandelion Support Network, BeConnected Community Services and Learning Links lovingly created hand crafted decorations for the trees, some of which told the stories of those who have been shown support by these organisations.


A Christmas bauble placed on the Dandelion Support Networks’ tree spoke of the gratitude of a young mother who received a gift hamper filled with much needed children’s clothing and pre-loved toys, “the young mother couldn’t believe it and kept saying, is this all for us?”.


During a morning tea held at Cronulla RSL yesterday (Wednesday 14th December), the six local charities were joined by the Mayor, Cr Carmelo Pesce along with the Club’s CEO, Sue McNeill and President of the Board, Ian Bourke.  Each charity was awarded a certificate of appreciation and a share in the $4,600 donation from the Club.


The Trees Of Hope will remain on display at Cronulla RSL until the 3rd January 2017.