The Scott Rindfleish Foundation is fortunate to enjoy the support from a highly experienced sports management leader.
Darryl Clout has had a long and distinguished career in sports governance and management. He is a Life Member and former President of Softball Australia and Vice President of the International Softball Federation. Darryl was appointed to the Board of Bowls Australia in 2012 where he eventually became President. He is now President, World Bowls and has been a Director of Commonwealth Games Australia since 2018.
From a professional sports management perspective, after 25 years of service on the personal staff of NSW Government Ministers, including two Ministers for Sport, Darryl held the position of General Manager of NSW Sport and Recreation for six years.
Let’s hear from Darryl;
What does it mean to you to be appointed Patron of the Scott Rindfleish Foundation?
I was surprised but certainly honoured when Scott rang me to ask whether I would become the Patron of his Foundation. I have had a long association with the Rindfleish family through our mutual involvement in Softball and while I am no longer involved with the sport I continue to maintain a keen interest in results and the lives of the many friends I and my family have made during our long association with the game. Of course, I was aware of Scott’s illness and my wife and I have kept him constantly in our prayers. He is and always has been a young man of the highest integrity and exemplary personal conduct, qualities which have helped him through his journey with his fight with cancer. I am proud to be a part of Scott’s journey and hope that my small contribution will prove to be helpful.
How important do you believe it is to invest in raising awareness and prevention of bowel cancer?
The statistics around Bowel Cancer are staggering. Perceptions such as ‘it is an old person’s disease’ mean that it can be largely ignored by large sections of our community…until someone you know who is not necessarily ‘old’ is diagnosed. Removing these perceptions through increased messaging about community awareness programs, and advocating for greater research for prevention, treatment and support for patients and their loved ones is critical. It is only through the work of Foundations like this that the message will get through to the whole of the country.
Our work is focused on bowel cancer awareness and prevention, patient support and funding research. Our success will be based on good support from our community; what is your message to our community and the public at large in terms of getting involved and supporting the Scott Rindfleish Foundation?
I know it is a cliché when you talk about fundraising to say ‘the life you save may be your own’ when you are asked to give a donation but it is also true to say that it might be a family member or a friend who you help as well. The only way to beat this disease is to fund research into its cause, prevention and treatment. Unfortunately, we can’t solely rely on Governments to meet the costs involved here so it is up to all of us to reach deep into our pockets and help. I believe it is a small price to pay to help safeguard ourselves, our families and our communities and provide a healthy and happy future for all of us now and for those who will follow us.
Darryl has been a close friend of the Rindfleish family for many years and proudly joins the Scott Rindfleish Foundation as Patron in 2022.