Trees of Hope
Trees of Hope is underway again at Panthers Penrith. This Christmas, members are invited to support local charities and giving them a chance to vote for their favourite tree.
Every year, 10 local charities are selected to decorate their own Christmas tree. Panthers members, staff, and directors all get the opportunity to vote with charities getting the chance to win up to $5,000.
With Panthers Penrith donating a total of $10,000, the event aims to bring community spirit into the club as well as spread Christmas cheer. It is also a fantastic opportunity for Panthers to also showcase the incredible work that these local charities do to help make our local area a better place to live.
The 2018 Trees of Hope participants are:
- Christ Mission Possible
- Blue Datto Foundation
- Royal Life Saving Australia
- Ronald McDonald Nepean Family Room
- Nepean Therapy Dogs Inc
- The Haven
- Panthers On The Prowl
- Regentville Rural Fire Service
- Penrith Community Kitchen
Open to members, if you would like to vote for Trees of Hope our tablet is located in the foyer.
Find out more about our charities
Christ Mission Possible
Located in Kingswood, the incredible team are passionate about 3 major things:
- Food Solutions – Fighting against hunger
- House Solutions – Fighting against homelessness
- Food Share – Providing partner charities and community groups access to their resources to assist in aiding the community
Every week, Christ Mission Possible provide thousands of meals to people in the Nepean LGA area and over 60,000 bed nights a year to people in need of crisis accommodation.
You can help become a solution to the problem by not only voting for their tree at Panthers Penrith, but also donating to the cause.
Blue Datto Foundation
Making waves in Australian Road Safety is the Blue Datto Foundation. Blue Datto Foundations was established by the Vassallo family following the tragic death of 17-year-old Philip Vassallo in a crash in which both drivers were red ‘P’ platers. Since this terrible tragedy, the family and Blue Datto have worked hard to protect the lives of young Australias through road safety education. They are working towards a zero death toll in ‘P’ platers and have since spread their programs across NSW.
If you would like to assist Blue Datto in their cause, vote for their tree or make a donation on their website.
Royal Life Saving Australia
We might be quite a distance from the beach, but Royal Life Saving Australia is working harder than ever to ensure water safety in the Nepean area. They have a range of programs including Keep Watch, Water Smart and, Swim and Survive to name just a few. Between July 2017 and June 2018 there were 249 deaths in Australia alone, which is why we must never be complacent around our pools and waterways.
If you would like to assist Royal Life Saving Australia in their cause, vote for their tree or make a donation on their website.
Ronald McDonald Nepean Family Room
The Family Room is located within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nepean Hospital, Kingswood, NSW, and run as part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney Chapter.
When children are seriously ill, families endure a stressful and emotional time too. To help these families during these tough situation, the Family Room is a free space of respite for families caring for and visiting seriously ill in Hospital. Managed by a team of caring and dedicated volunteers, the room is open 24/7, 7 days a week and allows families a chance to take a break or heat up a meal.
How can you help? Vote for Ronald McDonald Nepean Family Room or donate now.
NADO is a community-based charity that supports people with disabilities, their families and carers in Western Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Penrith suburbs and surrounding areas. Forged with many years of service and collaboration with the community, NADO provides services and support for people with special needs within their home, work and community life.
NADO’s goal is to create a society where people with a disability are respected, valued and empowered to live a life of fulfilment, choice, and purpose.
What can you do? Vote for NADO’s tree and/or make a donation today.
Nepean Therapy Dogs Inc
The Nepean Therapy Dogs are a group of experienced therapy dog volunteers, who use therapy dogs to help people overcome difficult periods in their life. Working with children, in palliative care, victims of crime, medical facilities and aged-care, Nepean Therapy Dogs use the man’s best friend to connect with people a range of levels and assist them with challenges that life can sometimes bring. Therapy dogs stimulate positive memories and remind people they belong to something much greater than the events they are going through and help reconnect with society. Always a comfort, this a loving paw is always at the ready to help anyone in need.
How can you lend a paw? Vote for the Nepean Therapy Dogs Inc and/or make a donation today.
Scary fact: the Penrith LGA has the second highest reported incidents of domestic violence in Sydney. Between October 2016 to September 2017 alone, there were 1,094 incidents of domestic violence reported in the Penrith region. It was cringe-worthy statistics like this that prompted the development of the new charity to Penrith. Only a few months old, The Haven supports women and children of domestic violence. The supportive and nurturing team of volunteers helps pick up the pieces of broken lives and provides victims with a safe place to live, then builds up their confidence to create self-sufficient, independent women and families that reconnects safely back into the community.
Want to help? Make your vote count and vote for The Haven. Want to do more? Click on the
Panthers on the Prowl
The Panthers on the Prowl Community Development Foundation has been providing a positive and lasting difference to the wellbeing of young people in our local communities. Panthers on the Prowl work with primary school-aged children and target students in the middle and late primary years who are at risk of disengaging from school and who may need additional assistance in order to reach their full potential. They also work with Secondary Schools children provide high school students in the local community area with unique opportunities and broader awareness of different careers and career pathways available to them. Panthers on the Prowl also conduct weekly Adult Computer Literacy Classes aimed at adults in the community that have little or no computer skills and would like to develop their confidence with technology.
The kids at Pamthers on The Prowl decorated their tree which you can vote for. If you would like to know more about the programs, please click the link below.
Regentville Rural Fire Service
The Regentville Rural Fire Service has been protecting Penrith since 1951. Ever present in protecting the homes of in Penrith and beyond, this dedicated team of volunteers face the harshest of conditions to save lives, homes, properties and livestock when fire threatens. You can bet that every summer, sometimes even earlier, that these volunteers are at the frontline of every battle. Volunteers and firefighting equipment are always needed to help and any assistance is always greatly appreciated.
You can help by voting for the Regentville RFS. Or click the link below to find out how the Regentville RFS are protecting our community on their Facebook page.
Penrith Community Kitchen
Penrith Community Kitchen has been feeding the community for over 20 years. Feeding approximately 500 to 800 people a week, the volunteers ensure the hundreds of homeless and underprivileged individuals to come and have a hot meal and a chat. Relying on the kindness of local community, businesses, schools, churches and more, to survive there is much that you can do to support this worthy cause.