Four WA charities are set to receive invaluable support as part of VenuesWest’s successful Community Partners Program.

New additions OzHarvest and St Catherine’s College will reap the rewards of a two-year partnership, while existing charities Mentally Healthy WA and Fair Game have been renewed for 2021/22.

The program, established in 2016, aims to support charities to achieve their core objectives through tailored opportunities and benefits.

OzHarvest is Australia's leading food rescue organisation, delivering more than 100 tonnes of quality excess food each month to more than 90 charitable agencies across Western Australia.

In 2020, Oz Harvest estimated that the food donated by Optus Stadium during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to equated to 128,000 meals.

St Catherine’s College is a residential college without borders, offering on-campus accommodation for over 400 Perth-based university and TAFE students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Through sports equipment drop off points, such as those at Optus Stadium, Fair Game provides recycled sports equipment to young people in remote communities - promoting health, education and fitness among local youth. It aims to build community capacity to encourage healthy lifestyle choices. While Curtin-based Mentally Healthy WA, operates the well-established Act-Belong-Commit mental health promotion campaign.

The Community Partners are selected by a panel of VenuesWest team members, following a month-long expression of interest process.

VenuesWest farewelled previous partners Shooting Stars and Indigo Junction thanking them for their strong contribution during their partnerships.

Comments attributed to David Etherton, VenuesWest Chief Executive Officer:

“VenuesWest are proud to give back to the community through the Community Partners Program.

“It is a privilege to support these charities, which align to our core values at VenuesWest and our commitment to working towards reconciliation and building strong and respectful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”

Comments attributed to Jennifer Keen, OzHarvest WA State Manager:

“OzHarvest is thrilled to be announced as one of VenuesWest’s new community partners in 2021. We are looking to share this love (and food!) with many other community organisations across Perth and the Greater Metropolitan Area.

“In the last 12 months we provided the equivalent of 4 million meals to those in need across WA and we are looking to continue to build on this thanks to the support of VenuesWest. While food is at the heart of everything we do, the impact goes way beyond what we deliver.”

Comments attributed to Benjamin Lewis, Director Dandjoo Darbalung St Catherine’s College, UWA:

“Being announced as a Community Partner, St Catherine's College Dandjoo Darbalung Program will see students access employment opportunities while immersing themselves, their stories and cultural experiences with staff and the VenuesWest community.”

Comments attributed to Meg Clarey, Campaign Manager of Act Belong Commit, Mentally Healthy WA:

“Mentally Healthy WA is excited to partner with VenuesWest to further promote the Act Belong Commit campaign message to the Western Australian community.

“The mental health benefits of participation and engagement in community, sporting and arts events is known. A partnership with VenuesWest has natural synergy to ensure as many Western Australians as possible have access to fabulous venues to enjoy and gain from the awesome array of events we have on offer.”

Comments attributed to Nicki Bardwell, Fair Game Chief Executive Officer:

Fair Game greatly value the opportunity to continue as a community partner with VenuesWest. The great synergies between our organisations are exemplified in the fantastic pre-loved sports equipment we receive through our donation bins located at their key sports centres across Perth which supports people playing sport across the State.