The 15th Australian Masters Games will have a strong charity focus as the 10,000 strong Games community looks to support a number of notable health related organisations.
For the first time in Games history there will be three charities supported, via strategic partnerships with national organisations beyondblue and the McGrath Foundation, as well as the Asthma Foundation SA.
Organising committee advisory board chair Chris Dittmar said that it was important for the Games to support the community through these charitable partnerships.
“By aligning ourselves with these three charities, the Australian Masters Games has the opportunity to raise both awareness and funds for these important causes,” Dittmar said.
“Unfortunately there are people experiencing hardship via health issues on a daily basis, but fortunately there are organisations such as these able to provide outstanding support and tangible assistance. We are proud to be associated with them,” Dittmar affirmed.
Dittmar highlighted the opportunity to support the charitable organisations via the Games entry process, sport participation and the social program of the week-long multisport festival.
“Participants can donate to the charity of their choice when they register for the Games, and there will be additional opportunities to donate throughout the event week, including via themed functions,” he said.
Each of the charities is focused on a different health issue including depression and anxiety, asthma and breast cancer.
Below is a short summary of each of the core functions of the three partner organisations:
Asthma Foundation SA
Asthma Foundation SA’s sole purpose is to support the 1 in 10 Australians living with asthma. Up to 90% of people with asthma will experience exercise induced asthma. However, exercise is the one asthma trigger not to be avoided.
beyondblue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help. beyondblue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience.
The McGrath Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia as well as increasing breast awareness, particularly in young women.
You can donate to the above charities by visiting the ‘Charity Partners’ page on the Games website. Click here to visit the page.
Entries are now open – visit www.AustralianMastersGames.com
The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia.
When: Saturday 3 October – Saturday 10 October, 2015
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
Who: Over 10,000 people from across Australia and overseas. The event is open to anyone who meets the age requirements of their sport of choice. It does not impose qualifying standards and welcomes participants from all over the world. The only criteria to compete in the Australian Masters Games is you must meet the minimum age criteria which in most sports is 30 years.
What: A week-long festival of sport and festivities. Australia’s largest regular multisport Games will feature 60 sports, ranging from athletics to basketball to parachuting to weightlifting.
Entertainment: As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Australian Masters Games will also comprise of a variety of social events throughout the week, including an Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony, providing a festival atmosphere for both competitors and visitors to Adelaide.