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Dashing kicks in for sport

Friday, 30 November 2018
By Jake Nelson

Proud: Russell and Lauren Kavnat at the Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration

Dashing Group has sponsored the print for the inaugural Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration, an event aimed at supporting grassroots sport in Australia.

Russell Kavnat, CEO of Dashing, attended the event with his wife Lauren. “We’re proud to have attended and sponsored the Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration in Melbourne,” he said . “It was an incredible evening in support of grassroots sport and the impact it can have on the health and unity of all Australians.”

According to Toby Dankbaar, marketing manager at Dashing, the night was a good fit for Dashing’s corporate ethos. “It’s a cause that is well aligned with our Dashing values: to play as a team and win, and to dream big,” he said. “Funds raised will go towards supporting grassroots and community sporting programs that address one or more of these four key cause areas in 2018: women and girls in sport; physical activity; leadership and decision-making; and diversity and inclusion.

“It’s close to Russell’s heart being a sports fan himself, and with his kids going to school at the moment, he sees sports being a big part of their education in future,” said Dankbaar. “This program will have a positive impact on the lives of all Dashers and their families.”

Former prime minister Julia Gillard delivered the oration itself, calling for more funding for local sports clubs. “All Australians deserve an equal opportunity to participate in sport and access to suitable local facilities, and whether kids turn into professional athletes or not, they all deserve a shot to play on the team and strengthen their bodies and minds,” she said.

“Investing in grassroots sport is an investment in our collective national future.”

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