MARCH 2011
DrinkWise - Sending out the message!

On Sunday 20 February 2011 DrinkWise appeared on the CH7 TV Program The Morning Show to outline the reasons why parents should try and delay their children's introduction to alcohol and discuss the fact that parents are the most common source of supply. DrinkWise Chair, The Hon. Trish Worth, was joined by Olympic Rower and Sport Australia Hall of Fame Ambassador to DrinkWise, Mr Mike McKay; and Mr Bruce Clark, in delivering this important message. Mike McKay shared that he and his wife had decided that they would resist pressure from their young teenagers to supply alcohol when they went to parties.

Bruce Clark outlined the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of his son Leigh. Leigh had joined up with a group of young school children who had acquired, through the assistance of one of the boy's parents, a large quantity of high strength "imitation Vodka Essence". Leigh fell ill and decided to walk home. He collapsed and died just 300 metres from where he was last seen. Bruce's message is a very powerful one. He said "Don't risk it. Know where your children are and know what they're doing. Because if you don't you might lose them forever. Communication is absolutely critical".
Etihad Donates to flood Appeal!

In January Etihad Airways our major sponsor, generously donated US$1 million to the Queensland flood appeal. Ambassador to UAE Doug Trappett said "Etihad's support to Queensland during this time of need underlies the strength of the relationship between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Etihad Airways has played a vital role in increasing people-to-people links between our two countries, which has not only increased two-way trade and tourism, but also increased Australians' understanding of Emirati culture and vice versa. On behalf of the Australian Government, I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Board of Directors of Etihad Airways, and to Hogan and his staff for their support to flood-affected communities in Queensland."
New Scholarship Partner!

In an exciting new initiative Sports Without Borders (SWB) has joined the Hall of Fame in awarding a scholarship to a newly arrived Australian. SWB is an organisation which is dedicated to providing support for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are involved or want to get involved in sport. Sport has played a vital role in multicultural Australia, empowering many newly-arrived Australians to develop an identity and sense of active belonging.

SWB will foster this process by providing funding and services to young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This year the scholarship was presented to 17 year old track athlete Timas Harik. Timas has won a number of underage All-Schools and Australian titles. David Parkin AFL great and Hall of Fame Member, will be Timas's mentor - certainly no one better qualified for the role.

In addition to the Scholarship our major sponsor Etihad Airways has generously offered a return ticket to any Etihad destination in the world for Timas to use for the development of his athletic. Timas is hoping to gain selection in the Australian Youth team for the Commonwealth Youth Championships in the Isle of Man in September.
Hall of Fame Members on Cricket's review panel

Hall of Fame Members Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh will join the Australian cricket team performance review panel. The panel will be chaired by eminent businessman and Hall of Fame Advisory Board member, Don Argus, with Malcolm Speed, former ICC CEO, as deputy chairman of the panel. Cricket Australia's Board has commissioned a review to make recommendations on improving Australian team performance.

The panel has been asked to look at the causes of the Australian cricket team's recent performance decline in Test matches and to recommend changes that will deliver sustained success. The review will report in the second half of 2011 in time for recommendations to be considered before the 2011-12 Australian international cricket season.

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