We've always tried to do as many things as we can to support and help our community.Brennan Coan
Family fun, food and a big focus on the value of community will all come together this Saturday (November 16) when the Cardiff RSL Club turns its car park into a fairground.
Today the club is hosting its inaugural Cardiff Community Fair inviting the people of Cardiff and surrounding areas to come along and enjoy the celebration.
It kicks off at 10am with a Welcome to Country and opening ceremony featuring the Cardiff High School Aboriginal Dance Group.
There will be food vans and stalls serving plenty of festival-style food from popcorn to fairy floss, a kids precinct with jumping castles and face painting, plus live entertainment.
Head inside where the club's popular Heart and Soul markets will be operating, showcasing some of the area's talented local small businesses, hobbyists and artisan makers selling their creations, all hand-made with 'heart and soul'.
If you've ever wanted to find out a little more about mindfulness and the value it could bring to your life you'll find some new additions to the markets that can help to 'open the mind and revive your wellbeing'.
Plus, of course, all the club's other favourite facilities will be available including the popular Eastern Tiger Restaurant and Cafe 45, the Cardkids playground and some wine tasting from Robert Oatley Wines.
The long planned fair is the latest addition to Cardiff RSL's program of award-winning initiatives as part of its mission to support the Cardiff community.
It comes on the heels of the club receiving the latest of its many awards for its community service - the Clubs NSW 2019 Community and Clubs Award for Disability, Welfare and Social Inclusion.
The awards recognise the most outstanding social contributions made by clubs.
The Cardiff RSL's award recognises the work the club has done to support its deaf members and guests. More than 40 per cent of the club's staff are now trained in AUSLAN sign language and the club has appointed its promotions manager Brennan Coan as Deaf Awareness Ambassador.
Mr Coan, who has worked at the Cardiff RSL Club for 18 years, said many people from the Deaf Society were regular visitors to the club and he had the idea for staff to learn AUSLAN to be able to communicate with them and their families, and to raise awareness among its wider group of patrons.
"One of our big commitments is to provide a safe, friendly and inclusive environment for all of our members," said Mr Coan. "Our tagline is 'The Pride of the Community' and we've always tried to hone in on that and do as many things as we can to support and help our community."
At the awards the club was also nominated for its work with Youth Week and Women's Week earlier this year, and has also lent its ongoing support to creating awareness about domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing.
The Cardiff Community Fair is on from 10am to 3pm, Saturday November 16. Entry is free but bring your ID or Members Card to gain entry to the club as normal club rules apply. For more head to cardiffrsl.com.au or phone 4954 0766.