Mandurah Makos celebrate 30th anniversary

Members, officials and past players of the Mandurah Makos Masters Football Club will toast to its 30th birthday at a gala dinner next month.

The Makos started as a small club run socially out of Rushton Park’s northern end, but over the years they have established themselves as an important pillar in Mandurah’s community.

The club not only bases itself around being a family-friendly environment, but makes a number of donations to community groups and charitable organisations each year including the Peel Thunderbirds, Heart Foundation, Princess Margaret Hospital and a number of junior football clubs throughout the region.

Makos president Tony Wilkey said the club prides itself on being part of the community, rather than just a sporting network.

“For us to be able to give back to the community is really what we’re all about,” he said.

“We use our home games to be able to raise funds for charities and in return we get to see the difference it makes to a lot of people.”

The club also promotes junior sport in the region, and each week holds a training session where young boys and girls can join in with their dads on the field.

“We’re a club for older blokes to play once they’ve past their prime, but it’s really important to us to make sure there are plenty of footballers for the next generation,” Wilkey said.

“The training sessions are great because the kids get to join in with their dads and mum can come down for a watch and it really brings the whole family vibe to the club.”

The Makos are inviting all past players to attend the 30th anniversary function, which will be held at the Peel Thunder Platinum Room on Saturday, June 10.

For more information call president Tony Wilkey on 0421 708 764.