The Lord's Taverners Australia - Victoria branch, is Cricket Victoria's community partner.
The Lord's Taverners Australia was founded in 1982 by John Darling (a direct descendant of Australia's 10th Test captain, Joe Darling).
Today, The Lord's Taverners Australia is a Federated autonomous organisation with branches in all States and Territories and approximately 3000 members. These members come from all walks of life, with media, the professions, the arts, entertainment and business communities being well represented. What we have in common is a love of sport generally, a love of cricket in particular, but most importantly a desire to raise money to support disadvantaged and/or handicapped young people.
As a charitable association it is the primary aim of The Lord's Taverners Australia to raise money through membership subscription, sponsorship, fund raising activities and donations. Our financial disbursement program is balanced across a number of worthy causes including the provision of sporting facilities, equipment and opportunities for underprivileged and/or disadvantaged young people. The young people we assist may be disadvantaged by financial constraints, geographical isolation, or a physical or intellectual disability.
For example, we were a sponsor of the Indigenous team that recently toured England and we are the major sponsor of the AusRapid Tri-nations tournament for mentally and physically impaired cricketers. In addition we support blind and deaf cricket.
Since its inception in 1982, the organisation has raised and disbursed more than $10 million in cash and kind, with current disbursements of cash alone in the order of $300,000 annually.
Sponsorships, donations and assistance are welcomed from Companies and individuals who empathise with the cause and who are in a position to help.
The Lord's Taverners Australia has a National Body, which is a council that meets annually to formulate policy and from time to time to give guidance to the State and Territory branches. It also coordinates grants for Australia-wide activities.
Each Branch, which has its own President, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee, and acts within broad national guidelines but is free to implement its own programs in seeking to fulfill locally defined objectives.
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