How the Castle Hill RSL Auxiliary fosters community through social events

Castle Hill RSL Auxiliary members share why they keep coming back to social events, and how the Auxiliary works closely with the Castle Hill RSL sub-Branch and the Castle Hill Club.

By Lachlan Haycock and Carlos Manaog

At a glance:

  • A few years ago, the Castle Hill RSL Auxiliary was reformed after years of inactivity.
  • Now, members are able to join a community of like-minded individuals with similar backgrounds and interests, in a support social network.
  • The Auxiliary organises regular social catch-ups over morning tea, fundraising activities in support of the sub-Branch, and assists with school visits ahead of ANZAC Day.
  • “It doesn’t matter if you can’t crochet or knit – just come along for a cup of tea,” suggests member Ann O’Connor.

Veterans and their families are squarely in the centre of RSL NSW’s focus, and supporting them is in part facilitated by fundraising done by the RSL Auxiliary in NSW.

A few years ago, the Castle Hill RSL Auxiliary was reformed after years of inactivity, and members now enjoy and participate in a range of social and fundraising events designed to bolster

Castle Hill RSL sub-Branch member Ann O’Connor said she regularly attends Auxiliary events and responds well to the community they foster.

“The Auxiliary is only 18 months old,” she explains. “But we’re getting a lot of interest. It’s good for the ladies, many of whom are widows; I’m a widow myself. It just brings us all together, gives us something to look forward to each month.

“It doesn’t matter if you can’t crochet or knit – just come along for a cup of tea.”

In the video below, more Castle Hill RSL Auxiliary members share why they keep coming back, why membership numbers are increasing, and how the Auxiliary works closely with the Castle Hill RSL sub-Branch and the Castle Hill Club.

Whether you’ve served for a single day or decades, RSL NSW welcomes veterans of any service length – and any career background – to join the organisation. Access support services and become part of a like-minded community of peers by becoming a member of RSL NSW.

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