Small club dreams big

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

MOSSMAN and District Gym­nas­tics is a small club with big dreams.

The club is kick­ing off a ma­jor fundraiser next month in or­der to buy their cur­rent home, Pin­jarra Place, and ren­o­vate it.

Club man­ager Hay­ley Ben­der said a new home would al­low the club to grow.

“It would cater to way more peo­ple,” she said.

“We are re­ally lim­ited here with low ceil­ings and space.

“Half of our equip­ment is in stor­age be­cause we can’t do what we need to do as a gym­nas­tics fa­cil­ity.”

The club has recorded a dra­matic in­crease in mem­bers since 2016.

“We had about 90 mem­bers when we left the In­door Sports Cen­tre; our num­bers jumped right up to just un­der 300,” Ms Ben­der said.

“By buy­ing a build­ing and un­der­tak­ing ren­o­va­tions, it will al­low us to do much more as a club.”

The gym­nas­tics club runs morn­ing and af­ter­noon classes Mondays to Satur­days cater­ing for ev­ery­one from high school, to peo­ple with dis­abil­iLOCAL ties and the el­derly.

After they lost their home at the In­door Sports Cen­tre, the gym­nas­tic club hopes this will be their last hur­dle to a per­ma­nent fa­cil­ity.

“The club is so close to their goal but des­per­ately need some com­mu­nity sup­port to make this dream a re­al­ity,” Ms Ben­der said.

“After two years of in­se­cu­rity, the Mossman and District Gym­nas­tics Club is ready to fi­nally have a per­ma­nent home in the com­mu­nity.

“The club needs to raise enough money to se­cure fi­nance to pur­chase the build­ing and en­sure the club will be here for the com­mu­nity for many years to come.

“As a non-profit club, prof­its are min­i­mal and are usu­ally in­jected back into the club an­nu­ally by way of equip­ment for stu­dents and train­ing for vol­un­teers and staff.”

The club has been op­er­at­ing for more than 50 years and em­ploys 15 staff.

A Back to the ‘80s night at the Ex­change Ho­tel in Mossman will be the club’s ma­jor fundraiser on Novem­ber 2.

To do­nate visit https://my­giv­ing­cir­­ity/mossman-district-gym­nas­tics-club/

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