Mosaic and Taverners go to work at the Veteran Car Club Charity Car Show and Swap Meet

For many years Lord’s Taverners and Mosaic Support Services have had a good working relationship. After all we have a common purpose, to improve the lives of people with a disability. Mosaic does this by providing a wide range of support services and programs. The Taverners does this by providing opportunities for these people to play sport, to break down some of the barriers to these members of our community being included in sporting activities.

Taverners is a charitable organisation so if we are to spend funds on assisting the disabled to play sport, we first need to raise funds. A lot of organisational effort is fundraising. Fundraising is hard work and there is a lot of charities competing for scarce funds.

So when Mosaic invited Lord’s Taverners to help out at an event they had been fundraising at for several years, we gratefully accepted their invitation. The event was the Veteran Car Club’s Charity Car Show and Swap Meet held at Old Beach cricket ground on Sunday 10 February 2019. Car enthusiasts travelled from all over the state to attend the event, show their cars, exchange ideas and to socialise with others who share their passion for cars old and new.

Club official and event organiser Roger Sly sees the event as not only an opportunity for car lovers to get together, but also a chance to support the community. So after covering costs, the proceeds of the event BBQ is donated to a local charity. Mosaic has been the beneficiary in the past few years. With thousands of people attending the event, the BBQ is a hive of activity from the time the gates open until the event closes. People love a BBQ and so this little venture is a good little fundraiser.

Several Taverners Board members donned aprons and picked up the tongs to help at the BBQ. While you are busy working, it is also great fun interacting with the public. It’s a great opportunity to explain the objectives of the Taverners, to break down the barriers that the young and disadvantaged face in playing sport, and to give examples of how the Tavs have given more people the opportunity to participate in sport. This participation helps people feel included, teaches them new skills and gives then confidence as their competence increases.

Taverners Board Members, Anne Nalder & Robert Bilyk (Chair) with Mosaic CEO, Lynne Harwood.

After the event, with all the money counted there was still one great surprise in store. Mosaic decided to forgo their half of the funds raised by allowing all funds raised at the BBQ to go to the Taverners to further our programs. The $2,250 raised on the day will go a long way to helping us achieve our fundraising goal for the year.

We are forever grateful to Mosaic CEO, Lynne Harwood and her staff for giving us this opportunity and for fully supporting us in our endeavours to make our community better.