In the Community
COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND:
Southport Sharks, with the support of our members, is committed to the local Gold Coast community. For every new membership or membership renewal, Southport Sharks donates $1 from the membership fee to a charity of the member’s choice – either Sharks Community Benefit Fund, Southport Sharks Juniors or Gold Coast Hospital Foundation.
Gold Coast Hospital Foundation was recently able to purchase a very important piece of equipment to assist in the training of Emergency Staff, the iSimulate, thanks to a contribution of $5,369 from Southport Sharks members.
“The iSimulate training system is a real-time education unit used to train Emergency Department clinicians. It allows staff to practice responses to traumaand other difficult cases that require teamwork and timeliness in an environment similar to real life. These scenarios can help identify inefficiencies or weaknesses in the system, knowledge gaps in individuals, as well as building relationships within and between departments. It has been estimated as part of our research… approximately 2400 patients will benefit from the training our staff will receive using this system” – Joe Hanlon, Business Development Manager, Gold Coast Hospital Foundation
SOUTHPORT SHARKS COMMUNITY STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:
With Southport Sharks being located in the City of Gold Coast’s Health and Knowledge Precinct, a Southport Sharks Community Study and Development Program was established. This provides an opportunity for local and international students to pathway into the hospitality industry. Sharks formed a partnership with Study Gold Coast on the Major’s International Student Ambassador Program by offering an internship for one of the international students, Diego Gomez Marcos with the Sharks Management team. “My internship at Southport Sharks is allowing me to boost my leadership skills while establishing significant connections within both the Club and the community of the Gold Coast” said Diego
Sharks partnered with Griffith University offering undergraduates the opportunity to gain practical on-the-job experience. In 2016, Sharks presented four students from the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, the opportunity to undertake 75 hours of work placement within the club, learning skills on reception, gaming, bar and fine dining - you may have met Arisa Takahashi, Beatrice Zhao, Taewoo Kim (Rick) and Tyler MacDonald during September and October during their placement. Sharks is pleased to have offered Tyler a casual Bar Attendant position in the Lounge Bar upon completion of her training and we welcome her to the team. All students were given the opportunity to experience Melbourne Cup at Southport Sharks.
CITY OF GOLD COAST’S LOVE TO RIDE CHALLENGE:
For the second consecutive year, Southport Sharks has signed up to be part of the City of Gold Coast’s Love to Ride Challenge. This is a fun, free competition to encourage Gold Coasters to experience firsthand the joy and benefits of riding a bike. Running through the month of November, in 2016, this event challenges workplaces and individuals to get on their bikes. Employees at Southport Sharks decided that competing with other organisations on the Gold Coast wasn’t enough, they wanted to ‘Beat the Boss’ by logging more kilometres than CEO, Dean Bowtell, who is an avid cyclist, cycling hundreds of kilometres per month for enjoyment and fitness.
“Love to Ride is a good opportunity to promote the health and fitness benefits of cycling and a little healthy competition into the workplace.Here at the Southport Sharks, we support our employees where possible to choose cycling or walking to work by providing secure bike parking, showers and change rooms. Encouraging employees to get back on their bikes for fun opens them up to start thinking of cycling to work, as a much cheaper and healthier alternative to driving a car.” - Dean Bowtell.