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Skillz to benefit from Lions Club donation

The award-winning Skillz4Me program will be further enhanced in 2021 following a generous $10,000 donation from the Cronulla Lions Club.

At a Skillz4Me Christmas Open Day attended by local Lions Club President Shaun Cronin, Sharks Group CEO Dino Mezzatesta and State Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman, Sharks Have Heart General Manager George Nour accepted the donation which will be allocated to the highly successful community initiative.

“Skillz4Me has continued to grow and provide an outstanding community service to many children on the autism spectrum and their families and this substantial grant from the Lions Club will allow the program to continue flourish into the future,” Nour said.

Founded by Jason and Sarah Stanton in 2016, Skillz4Me is a not for profit All Abilities Centre that offers opportunities to children with a disability or developmental delay to learn vital social skills in a fun, supportive and inclusive environment.

The donation was formalised at the Christmas event which was open to the community and held on Wednesday at the Skillz4Me headquarters on Captain Cook Drive in Caringbah.

Sharks NRL and Academy players, members of the Cronulla Harvey Norman Women’s team, representatives from Cronulla Softball, and perhaps most importantly Santa, interacted with the children in attendance in the Lego room, on the jumping castle and in playing a variety of games.

Jackson Ferris, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Jensen Taumoepeau, Braydon Trindall, Sione Katoa and Will Kennedy were amongst the Sharks NRL squad members in attendance.

A coffee service and bbq was also provided as a part of the Christmas family fan day.

Skillz4Me runs all year round with several programs conducted throughout each week.

For more information go to the Skillz4Me website at https://skillz4me.org.au/