Y’s Men reach proud milestone
Wednesday, 18th November, 2020
By Myles Burt
The local Y’s Men’s Club, which has raised about $1 million dollars for the city, is marking its 50th anniversary.
The club was formed on November 7, 1970 but has decided to postpone its celebrations due the disruption caused by the corona virus.
Foundation member, Ron Symons, said they’d rather hold an official event next year when a number of other Y’s Men’s Clubs, mainly from South Australia, will be able to join in.
The Y’s Men’s is a YMCA service club, and its local President, Geoff Webb, said it was founded to promote activities for young people.
It awards scholarships every year in collaboration with the Silver City Workingmen’s Club for school students seeking higher education, and raises money for their sporting endeavours as well.
“We raise money towards ventures that involve young people or people wishing to do things in the community,” Mr Webb said.
“Certainly our commitment is to the community - we just want people to know that we’re there.
“I am a relative newcomer to the club and am inordinately proud to be associated with the Y’Men’s Club. It is a group that gets things done.”
The club has also been running the merry go round in Broken Hill for almost 40 years, and one of its biggest achievements was organising the ‘Back to Silverton’ centenary celebration in 1983, an event that Foundation member Ron Farquhar said attracted about 10,000 people.
“It was a long weekend and it went off extremely well,” Mr Farquhar said.
With the profits the club paid to outfit a room at the St Anne’s Nursing Home.
Another very popular achievement has been their ‘Letters to Santa’ for local children, which is on yet again.
In the past 35 years, the Y’s Men have posted 70,000 letters from little children, and Santa has replied to them all.
Letters to Santa can be left at the YMCA, the Aquatic Centre, South Post Office, MacDonald’s and the Sitting Bull clothing shop.