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Can Assist Wagga Wagga and CareVan accepting the shared funds


RSM staff members enjoying the chance to present two wonderful local charities with the proceeds from our Charity Golf Day.
Our RSM crew love hosting the annual charity day and the participants always enjoy a round at the Wagga Country Club for a good cause.
With plenty of fun had and everyone keen to raise money, the RSM Charity Golf Day is a win for all.


9 May 2024, RSMWaggaWagga

The official Wagga Wagga 2024 Australia Day Award finalists have been announced and will be presented at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Can Assist long time member an honorary life member Bill Lane is nominated for the Citizen of the year Award.

Bill has been described as a selfless and dedicated individual who goes beyond volunteering his time for several successful community causes. As a survivor of prostate cancer, Bill gives his time to the Wagga Wagga Prostate Cancer Support Group and is at the forefront of awareness campaigns at annual events. Bill was recognised as a “Life Member” of Can Assist for his fundraising activities over the past 6 years. Bill was also presented with a “Paul Harris Fellowship” by the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga for embodying their motto of “Service above Self” and being the “Face of Fundraising” in the local community. Bill is proactive in promoting raffles at various points across the city, organising and participating in barbecues at events, and bottle collection. From these three activities, Bill has successfully raised $100,000.

Despite the Covid pandemic, Bill’s fundraising activities, plus donations during the last 6 years have allowed Can Assist Wagga Wagga to distribute over half a million dollars to support over 400 people through their cancer treatment.

The family of a late Wagga dad have been blown away with support after their annual fundraiser in his honour accumulated $45,000 for Can Assist with the help of a footy icon.

Matty Rake was diagnosed with metastatic bowel cancer in December 2020 and underwent an 18-month journey of intense chemotherapy, surgery and radiation before he died in June 2022.

Aged just 39 at the time, Matty left behind two beautiful children, Ellie, 13, and Joey, 11.

Last year, Matty’s family decided to raise funds for Can Assist Wagga as they had supported him throughout his battle.

Over three months the family accumulated more than $15,000, but this year decided to go above and beyond by holding the Matty Rake Memorial Day.

“The Matty Rake Memorial Charity Day was an opportunity for family, friends and the wider community, to get together for an enjoyable day to remember Matty, raise awareness for bowel cancer, and importantly raise much-needed funds for the local branch of Can Assist,” Matty’s sister Trina Rynehart said.

Matty’s father had been accumulating donations over six months from local businesses to be auctioned off on the night – one of the auctions a jersey.

Wagga-born Australian Rugby League great Chris Mortimer donated a Canterbury-Bankstown jersey signed by him and his three professional football brothers.

The jersey raised more than $5000 of the total $45,000 raised on the night – with the football icon making an in-flesh appearance himself.

Mrs Rynehart said she was blown away by the show of support from local businesses and the hundreds of people who attended on the day.

“Throughout Matty’s cancer journey, we came to realise the importance of local charities like Can Assist, and in particular the practical ways that they assist people battling cancer,” she said.

“Things such as fuel cards when needing to travel to Sydney offer much needed assistance when times are at their most challenging.

“Special thanks must go to those who donated auction items and raffle prizes, local businesses who provided food and refreshments on the day, and of course the approximately 200 people who came to support a special day.”

Mrs Rynehart said the show of people was a reflection of how loved Matty was by so many.

“He was a great person and a popular person,” she said.

A passionate construction teacher has been successful in providing his students at the Riverina Youth Justice Centre with the opportunity to up-skill themselves while giving back to the community.

Brad Ryan is a VET construction teacher at the Shepherds Park Education and Training Unit at the Riverina Youth Justice Centre and has been working with a cohort of 13 students on a unique project.

The project is part of the students certificate two in construction and was the first of its kind for the centre.

With some help from fellow industrial technology teacher Joel Watts, the group constructed a cubby house which will be donated to Can Assist Wagga to be raffled off.

“Over the past year a dedicated group of certificate two construction students have been working on a meaningful project – constructing a cubby house to donate to Can Assist Wagga,” Mr Bradley said.