2019 SMSC Fiji Netball Cultural Trip

Organising Committee

Chairman: TBC
Trip Administration/Liaison: Fiona Greig
Fundraising Coordinator: Lisa Aitken / Shelley West
Secretary: Janine Courtney
Treasurer: David Costa
Sponsorship: Matthew Williams
Coordinators of clothing: Mandy Williams / Tracey Christian
Communication/Website: Fiona Greig
Bike riding: Mick Ryan / Phil Anglin


  • Trip Dates: Sunday 22 September – Sunday 29 September – 7 nights.
  • AFL Barwon Grand Final: Saturday 21 September 2019
  • Term 3 School Holidays: 21 September – 6 October

Fundraising target – $40k


  • Fruit/Vegie Boxes
  • Wine Drive
  • Shaker cans
  • Bunnings BBQ


  • Cadel Evans Bike Race
  • Sunday Market Stall
  • Sacred Heart Opening Mass – McGuire Celebration: Carpark and BBQ
  • Harness Racing Night
  • Darts Night
  • Movie Night
  • Big Night Out – TBA

Media Coverage

  • SMSC Facebook Group
  • SMSC website
  • SMSC Fiji Cultural Trip Facebook Group
  • AFL Barwon
  • Netball Victoria


  • Cap
  • Shorts and T-shirts
  • Light weight jacket
  • SMSC Playing Dress

Meeting schedule:

Committee and Fundraising Meetings (including BNO):

  • Wednesday 13 February, 7pm
  • Wednesday 13 March, 7pm
  • Wednesday 10 April, 7pm
  • Wednesday 8 May, 7pm
  • Wednesday 12 June, 7pm
  • Wednesday  26 June, 7pm
  • Wednesday 17 July, 7pm
  • Wednesday 31 July, 7pm
  • Wednesday 14 August, 7pm
  • Wednesday 11 September, 7pm


For those of you new to the club you may not be aware but every second year the St. Mary’s Sporting Club organises a Fiji Cultural Trip in partnership with Destination Dreaming.

In September 2015, St Mary’s Sporting Club members pioneered an incredible culture and community focused Netball program to the Fijian Highlands. In 2019 the opportunity presents itself again for those seeking a culture adventure of a lifetime.

St Mary’s Sporting Club will again partner with local social enterprise company Destination Dreaming to design and deliver an interactive experience in the majestic Fijian Highlands. The objective of the highland visit is to immerse the players and parents in a diverse culture, engage with a remote community through netball skill sharing, education and consider building a long term relationship with the community. Focusing on connecting with students in the Village Primary School, competing in netball fixtures and learning about life in a remote Fijian community.

Club policy on trip and seek Board sign off on 2019 trip:

Cultural Trip Terms & Conditions

Trip will be to Fiji – approximate dates 23 – 30 September – 7 nights.

COST – Approx $3400. in 2019 after fundraising activities we are aiming for a fee of $1500-$1600 all inclusive.

2017 – St Mary’s Cultural Trip Overview (to be updated for 2019)

2017 Trip outline – Destination Dreaming (to be updated for 2019)

The 2019 trip is open to players born in 2003 and 2004. We will have four supervisors on the trip and one supervisor supplied by Destination Dreaming.

Please complete the expression of interest form below and pay your $500 deposit by 10 December.  Please note this does not secure your place. There is limited spaces available.  Placement on the trip will be subject to the date the deposit has been received.   Please email a copy of the bank receipt to f.greig@bigpond.net.au.

Bank Details:     Commonwealth Bank – please put name as reference

  • Account Name    St Mary’s Sporting Club
  • BSB                       063 871
  • Account                10110728

The deposit will help confirm numbers. If a person elects to go on the trip after this date and has not paid a deposit by this date, depending on numbers the committee will have right of refusal if numbers are too high. Anyone who will have financial difficulty paying the deposit by this date please speak to Fiona Greig 0438 011 016.

If the committee identify someone with difficult financial circumstances who based on this won’t be attending, the committee can recommend to provide a larger subsidy for person based on footy club board sign off.

The Trip is facilitated by Destination Dreaming who assisted us with the 2015 and 2017 trip.

There will be a checklist to make sure everyone person on the trip has all the required insurances, vaccinations (if required) and any other matters.

Sponsorship and Fundraising

Some of the fundraising that is organised is marshalling at triathlons (there are approx 3), car parking (6 people are required), ‘day at the races’.

All girls are to get one sponsor themselves, there is not set amount for this, all this money is pooled together towards the trip.  There will be a draft letter available for players to use for sponsorship if they require it. It is important to look outside the club for sponsors.

There will need to be further discussion on clothing for the trip e.g. t-shirts, shorts, hoodies, etc. as to what type of items will be decided on, this will happen early in 2019.

The aim is to raise around $40,000 for the trip. All money raised is distributed equally to players and any extra money is rolled over for the next trip. The Board will need access to financials and it is also important to keep track of any fundraising to make sure it is worthwhile doing (moneys raised against effort required) and help further trips in their organisation efforts.

Expressions of interest