Dongara Football Club
Mitsui E&P Australia (MEPAU) has previously sponsored the Dongara Football Club.
Glenys Johnson, Secretary and Registrar of the club, says sponsorship helps to keep the club afloat.
“Guernseys and equipment always need to be replaced, and we award four prizes every week,” she says. “We recognise three ‘best on ground’ players and also present a coach’s award. The sponsorship helped with that.”
Glenys says the football club has been running for many years and is an important part of the community.
“We have life members who have played over 300 games. It’s quite an institution in Dongara. There are a lot of older guys who are now on the committee or umpiring, but they were playing when they were 15.
“Recently we were a bit low on numbers and one of our older members pulled on a jumper to help out the league.
“There’s a real pull to stay connected to the club. It’s a culture. In a small country town the football club is a big part of your social life. It’s all about being part of the community and supporting the locals.”
Glenys says the club raises money in various ways throughout the year.
“Home games are an opportunity to run a canteen and bar, as well as to collect gate takings. We also run a ‘margin raffle’, where everyone draws out a number and hopes the difference in scores between the two teams will make them the winner.
“We hold a major fundraiser every year. We’ve had quite a few quiz nights, and in 2018 we hosted a Mexican night. We opened the bar and served a meal.
“The ‘ipod shuffle’ is a popular part of our fundraising night. Fifty assorted songs are listed on a board and people pay $20 for a song. The songs are played on ‘shuffle’ throughout the evening. As each song plays it gets crossed off the list, and the last one standing wins half the money. It gets very exciting towards the end. In 2017 I had the second last song!”