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DOOLEYS Chairman honoured with Papal Award

John Munce, Chairman of DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club, was among seven Catholics in Sydney who were presented with papal awards for outstanding service by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on Friday 9 March, 2018.

The papal awards highlight the extraordinary gifts of Sydney's Catholics, with Archbishop Fisher commenting that while the seven recipients were humble in being honoured, their examples of commitment to activities which bring God to others is inspiring to many in the community.

John Munce was made a Knight of the Order of St Sylvester for his long term and generous support of many activities of the Church within the Archdiocese of Sydney and the broader community. His commitment to his Catholic Faith is exhibited through his dedicated service in his capacity as Chairman of DOOLEYS.

Under John’s guidance, DOOLEYS is a leader in the provision of assistance to many charitable causes within the Archdiocese particularly its support for local parishes and schools in the Western Suburbs, as well as the broader community. This includes the Sydney Catholic Education Foundation, the Australian Catholic University and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to name only a few.


Photo credit:Giovanni Portelli

Photo caption:Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and Mr John Munce



DOOLEYS Annual Christmas Fair 2017


The DOOLEYS Annual Christmas Fair held on December 3 has passed and with it a great day for the community to get involved for a worthy cause. It is the Club’s major charity event for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, having raised $30,000 to aid in cancer research and support for our youth battling cancer.

The sun was shining and families were outdoors enjoying carnival rides, activities and great entertainment. The fair definitely sparked the excitement and Christmas cheer among families and especially the children, as they smiled their way through the day – with special guest appearances from Bandage Bear, Santa Claus and the DreamWorks Trolls who gave a great performance. The DOOLEYS Christmas Fair is a calendar event and one we look forward to every year – the countdown to 2018 is on and we hope to see your smiling faces again.

John Munce, Chairman of DOOLEYS Board of Directors presented Associate Professor Jennifer Bryne with a cheque for $30,000, a donation only possible from the commitment of our Volunteers who worked together as a community to make the day successful. For this reason, we would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all Volunteers and Community Partners for your support and dedication to make the event possible. An even bigger thank you to all our Members and Guests who came and supported the day in good spirits.



Students reaching their Max Potential

Local Year 11 students from across Cumberland and Parramatta areas have recently been challenged to undertake a unique life changing experience - DOOLEYS Max Potential Program. Max Potential is a youth leadership and personal development program which provides students with life skills to become our community leaders of the future. 

The Students that have participated in the program come from a wide range of schools including Trinity Catholic College, Auburn Girls High, Granville Boys High, Macarthur Girls High and Parramatta High School. 

From beginning to end, the young adults have set themselves personal goals in various areas of their life and are challenging themselves to explore tough questions as "What normally holds me back from achieving what I want"? and "What habits do I need to change to achieve my goals?"

The Programs involves students to explore life changing principles which will help them take control of their life and reach the goals they want to achieve. Students are also undertake a local community project - something that they are personally passionate about and is designed to help others and leave a legacy in our community. Some common areas of personal growth experienced by the young adults so far include self-belief and confidence, being open with other people, taking responsibility for their goals and overcoming negative thoughts and self-doubt. 

DOOLEYS is proud to be involved in this unique youth development program and we congratulate each student on their dedication to the program and their commitment to our local community. 


Plating up a success in the ClubsNSW Chef's Table Competition

The ClubsNSW Chef's Table Competition was a success for the two young talented chefs from DOOLEYS, Sam Sou and Mathew Platersky. The judges were impressed with their culinary skills as they plated up an impressive three course menu and were rewarded and recognised by the panel. 

The outcome is a career highlighting moment for the two chefs. The competition is a test to registered Club chefs, measuring creativity, stamina and culinary skills in a race against time and working with little ingredients. 

DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club held a dinner event at the Club to celebrate their great achievement and the public were fortunate to taste the menu for themselves. With a lavish night of great food and wine, Members and Guests witnessed the live demonstration of the dish being prepared by Executive Chef, Paul Jury, with assistance from the chefs behind the menu, Sam Sou and Mathew Platersky. 


Life-saving medical equipment donated by DOOLEYS

DOOLEYS Ceo and Staff visited the local Auburn Hospital with a $54,000 donation put towards specialised medical equipment to assist newborn babies in taking their first breath of life. The Club is honored and proud to support the local community through the ClubsGRANT scheme, which is a commitment to contribute funds to front line services and projects needed to develop local communities. 

The donation funded two neonatal resuscitation trolleys to assist newborn babies in taking their first vital breaths of life in difficult circumstances. This equipment will reduce the pressure on doctors and midwives, allowing for them to their undivided attention to both mother and baby during crucial moments. 

Auburn Hospital's Director of Midwifery, Kate Murphy, has thanked DOOLEYS for their generous donation and giving the opportunity for mothers to gain access to life-saving equipment. 

"Some births can be complicated and difficult for many women. This piece of resuscitation equipment is vital to help tiny babies have a chance of survival", Kate said. 





The Value of Volunteering

The Value of Volunteering

Volunteers do a power of work in our community. Volunteers work tirelessly helping the community in so many different ways including language schools, organising fundraising activities, visiting the sick, isolated and elderly, providing interpreting services, referral services and skills development.

Without volunteers a lot of these community services and supports would not exist. Recently, Auburn Council (Now part of the newly formed Cumberland Council) recognised the significant contribution made by volunteers in our local area and decided to conduct a study. The ‘Invisible Volunteer Report’ maps and portrays the extensive volunteer contribution of individuals, community groups and organisations working in Auburn City. The report also quantifies the value and impact of that volunteer contribution. The study was focused on a sample of 12 community organisations and the results were quite astounding. In the last 12 months, these 12 small community organisations mobilized 3,487 volunteers to contribute 312,641 hours towards ongoing community activities.

An additional 10, 426 hours were contributed to the running of one-off events including iconic local events like Flavours of Auburn and the Africultures Festival.

Combined, the total estimated value of these volunteer contributions to the Auburn economy over a 12 month period was a massive $11,375,171.

With more than 200 community organisations in our local area, 75% of which are wholly run by volunteers, this sample of 12 organisations potentially represents only a small proportion (approximately 8%) of our local volunteer contributions. Imagine what the total economic contribution of our local volunteers actually is!

The ‘Invisible Volunteer Report’ has not only recognised the significant impact and value volunteers make to our local community and economy, it has also positively impacted on the way the community understands and works with volunteers.

Council has identified ways to further support volunteers and to maximise volunteering in our local area, including collaborations between local community organisations. Good practice guidelines have been developed for working with small volunteer community organisations, along with guidelines for volunteer management and resources for assessing volunteer programs and organisations.

This research project was recognised with a Highly Commended Awards in the 2016 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards for ‘Excellence in Local Economic Contribution’. DOOLEYS was proud to be part of this innovative project and would like to thank our local volunteers for their ongoing contributions to our community.

To access the full report visit Auburn City Council’s website –

DOOLEYS Recognised as a Founder of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead

DOOLEYS Chairman, CEO and staff were honoured to be officially recognised as a Founder of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead at a ceremony held on Thursday 12 May, in recognition of DOOLEYS contributions now reaching over $1 million.

DOOLEYS Chairman John Munce and Chief Executive Officer David Mantle joined many other Hospital supporters at the Australian National Maritime Museum to be recognised for our ongoing support of the Hospital’s Cancer Centre for Children.

Since 2003, DOOLEYS has been a keen supporter of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, raising funds and supporting research and clinical programs for the Cancer Centre for Children.

“DOOLEYS has a long and proud association with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and we are honoured to be recognised as a Founder”, said DOOLEYS Chairman John Munce.

“Anyone who has spent time at the Children’s Hospital will know it is a very special place with staff, clinicians and volunteers who have a passion for their work that is truly inspiring. In the face of great adversity, they are pillars of strength and compassion who deserve our respect, our thanks and our continued support.”

“DOOLEYS looks forward to strengthening our partnership even further in the future,” continued Mr Munce. “As long as there is a Children’s Hospital at Westmead, DOOLEYS will be there to offer our support.”

DOOLEYS recognised at Clubs and Community Awards

DOOLEYS has been awarded two Highly Commended Awards at the prestigious 2016 ClubsNSW Clubs and Community Awards for our commitment to ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and ‘Welfare & Social Inclusion’.

The Clubs and Community Awards recognises those clubs who have a special connection to and involvement in their local community.

The two Highly Commended submissions outlined local community collaboration projects which address important local community needs.

Auburn Together 4 Hope’ highlighted a local community collaboration to address suicide prevention and mental health.

This unique capacity building program has seen a network of organisations such as The Salvation Army, Auburn Community Mental Health Team, Western Sydney Partners in Recovery and DOOLEYS undertake community awareness and education programs aimed at empowering our community, cultural and faith leaders to tackle the important social issues of suicide prevention and mental health.

Many Cultures Living as One Community’ highlighted a number of local community programs aimed at supporting local refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants.

The programs have focused primarily on employment pathways as well as providing free legal advice to those seeking protection in Australia and have been the result of a number of key partnerships with local organisations including STARTTS, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, Auburn Small Community Organisation Network, MTC Australia and Auburn City Council.

David Mantle said DOOLEYS recognition at this year’s Clubs and Community Awards is “a result of the many valuable community partnerships DOOLEYS has formed.”

“DOOLEYS has a long tradition of active community involvement”, said Mr Mantle. “We are proud to be able to share this recognition with our dedicated local community organisations, their staff and volunteers.”

“At DOOLEYS we strongly believe that no matter what your circumstances, everyone should have access to the same opportunities, whether that be education, employment, social interaction, healthcare or a safe place to live.”

“Recognition in both the Health & Wellbeing and the Welfare & Social Inclusion categories is a great honour as these are community issues we are extremely passionate about.”

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