A big thank you to the ice skating and wider community. When we set up this campaign on 20 May, we didn’t know how successful it would be. What an unbelievable result hitting the original target of $50,000 in just 1 week!
This will not only ensure the rink survives but this moment also provides us a fantastic opportunity to make further upgrades and improvements that have been on our collective wish list for nearly 40 years.
With this in mind, the new target has been set for $70,000. The additional funds will help us to move from repairing current equipment to upgrading them, such as the boards around the rink. This will help ensure the rink is ready to host the next generation of ice skaters.
We have been overwhelmed with tremendous generosity and wonderful stories and memories of this iconic rink. When you start to look through the list of donors it is very evident that the rink is part of a great community that stretches back a very long way. Please go through the list of donors. It is like a walk back through the history of the rink with some great people, families and organisations who have stood up to protect those memories.
Thanks again to all those that have donated and shared our story. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. See you on the ice soon!
The Olympic Ice Skating Centre in Oakleigh (Victoria, Australia) has been a significant part of the sports community in Victoria and Australia since 1971. Victoria’s longest running rink still in operation is the home for many community sporting groups in ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, as well as beginners and casual skaters.
Our rink has started showing its age with badly needed repairs and maintenance. Those of us that have fallen on the ice during 40 degree days know well the feeling of soaking up a few kilos of water!
The new custodians Tony & Joey have done a fantastic job of investing every dollar they have into upgrading our rink. However, the current coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions have not only placed their improvement commitment in jeopardy but rather the long term future for this important community centre.
The Marauders Ice Hockey Club has donated some funds, spare parts and equipment through one of its founding members Gary Croft. The rink needs more funding and so we created this fundraising campaign to help.
The money raised go directly to Tony & Joey so they can continue upgrading the rink and manage the day-to-day costs until the various sporting communities can return.
Please help us to save this facility for the next generation of Aussie ice skaters.
- Claire Twycross
- Jonathan Tooth
- Lenny D
- Brett Fowler
Organizer and beneficiary
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