Victoria’s great passions – arts and sports – will be united on Sunday at Elsternwick Park for the 21st Reclink Community Cup, bolstered by new funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, Martin Foley, today announced a $10,000 boost to Reclink Australia, which will help the not-for-profit kick-start its annual homelessness awareness campaign.
Established in Victoria in 1990, Reclink provides and promotes sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage.
In Victoria, Reclink is best known for its association with the Reclink Community Cup, an annual celebration of grass-roots Australian Rules Football played between Melbourne’s musicians and community radio volunteers.
Mr Foley will flip the coin for today’s battle between Team Megahertz, comprising presenters from radio stations Triple R and PBS, and the Rockdogs, who include Dan Sultan, Dave Larkin and musicians from bands including Saskwatch, Even and Nation Blue, with captain Tim Rogers and coach Tex Perkins.
Reclink provides more than 4,500 sporting and artistic activities for Australia’s most vulnerable and isolated people nationally, including people with significant mental health challenges, the homeless and people experiencing economic hardship.
Its focus is on improving the mental and social health of people through active engagement in the arts and sport.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, Martin Foley
“Nothing brings Melbourne people together like the arts and sport but far too many Victorians are unable to take part in these pleasures, which is why it’s important to fund an organisation like Reclink.”
“More than just a highlight of Melbourne’s music and sporting calendar, the Reclink Community Cup raises money for programs which support some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged to live a better life.”
“I would like to congratulate the great team of volunteers, led by Jason Evans, that has been delivering this valuable project for 23 years.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020