We support a number of community groups to ensure small, home-grown events like the iconic Henley on Todd Regatta, remain in Alice Springs. Additionally we recognise the importance of assisting with major events and activities that contribute to the local tourism industry and bring residual economic value to the community, such as the Alice Springs Masters Games, Finke Desert Race, and Lasseters Camel Cup.
Local schools have been supported in their fundraising efforts with donations totalling $10,000 – primarily in the form of Lasseters vouchers that they can use as raffle prizes. Amateur sports teams sponsored this year included the Seasons Netball team and reigning champions the Vikings Rugby League team. Our support of these teams is critical to ensuring club survival.
Products that can no longer be used are regularly donated to local organisations. Aged linen is given to the Salvation Army and local Safe Houses. We also made a cash donation to the Alice Springs Salvation Army in lieu of printed Christmas Cards, which was used on food hampers for families over the Christmas period.
Lasseters frequently involves charitable organisations in our event calendar. Over $8,000 was donated to the Alice Springs RSPCA and Riding for the Disabled from a Melbourne Cup event, the Alice Springs Youth Club received over $1,000 from an NT Thunder Ladies Night event and the charitable recipient of the annual Lasseters Cup Ball was the Butterfly Connection who raise funds to assist Central Australians who are suffering from cancer.
Lasseters and the Alice Springs Convention Centre have hosted a number of charitable balls and events, providing free or subsidised space to ensure they are viable for the organisers. Events this year have included the Drovers Ball for the Alice Springs Hospital Volunteers, Give Me 5 for Kids (national fundraiser), the Children’s Ward at Alice Springs Hospital, the EJ Whitten Foundation for Prostate Cancer and local High School end of year formals. As well as making contributions to charitable events, Lasseters staff are also encouraged to participate themselves. Teams were entered into events such as the Henley on Todd, Ladies Golf Day for Breast Cancer and EJ Whitten Golf Foundation match.