The Eastern Suburbs Sports Trust is the brainchild of Brian Galt, former owner of Pak n Save Kilbirnie, New World Miramar and New World Kilbirnie. While on a study tour of United States in 1996, Brian came across a concept where a local supermarket was giving 2 cents from the sale of every can of baked beans to help fund the build of their local hospital. An idea sparked straight away.
Brian had a love for all sports and both his children had played minority sports to the highest level. Through this involvement, Brian knew that many sporting organisations and individuals struggled to raise money and were continuously fundraising. The Eastern Suburbs Sports Trust was set up in 1998 with Brian personally investing a considerable amount of money in legal fees to get the trust set up properly and this enabled it to be granted Charitable Status by the Inland Revenue Department.
The trust started from small beginnings with two companies jumping on board to help, Heinz Watties and Quality Bakers. Today there are six companies partnering to support the Trust: Cerebos Greggs, Coca-Cola, Goodman Fielder, Lion Nathan, Cadbury and Tegel.
The objective of the Trust remains the same as it was in 1998 to promote, assist, support and encourage participation and expertise in all forms or amateur sport, both competitive and recreational. To help foster and encourage the development of primarily Junior Sports located in the Eastern Suburbs.
Over the twenty plus years that the Trust has been operating it has given over $2 million in grants. The recipients are varied and have included individuals, teams, kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and sporting organisations.