Charity football day has opened the wallets

01:34 PM 29 Aug 2014 NZST
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Tobey Courts - Hopes to win Auckland Reactor football on Sunday
Tobey Courts - Hopes to win Auckland Reactor football on Sunday

JUST days out from the TAB.COM.AU Charity Football Day and the generosity just keeps flowing.

Already a major sponsor in two areas, Alabar Bloodstock has once again increased its involvement in what has developed in Victorian harness racing’s biggest social event.

One of the first to support last year’s inaugural edition, Alabar was quick to return this time to cover the costs of the foot and netballs.
On top of that, the leading breeding establishment has donated a service to Grinfromeartoear as the headliner for the mega raffle.

Now Alabar has joined forced with Amart Melton and Burley to deliver ‘Auckland Reactor’ soccer and footballs to the first 60 kids to attend the big day.

The latest gesture also compliments the two bikes Amart Melton has donated for the lucky boy and girl who guess the correct (or closest to) amount of snakes in a jar, which will be displayed throughout the day…entry is FREE!.

Not to forget prominent owner Kevin Riseley, who has generously offered to cover the cost of hiring a jumping castle for children to enjoy, or Allan McNeil, who has donated lolly bags.

“Alabar, Amart, Kevin and Allan have just been so generous,” event organiser Robbie O’Connell said. “Their focus on the kids’ activities will help turn this into a massive family day, just the kind of event harness racing needs.

“Now we have the dads playing footy, the mums hitting the netball court and the kids going nuts, as kids should.”

Other sponsors include Tabcorp, James and son, Seelite Windows and Doors and Glenn Sharp.

A fun occasion for all industry participants, Sunday’s event also has a serious side – raising valuable funds for the Childrens’ Tumour Foundation.

That’s where a small fee of $50 for players and spectators (under 16 free) comes into play.

Not only does the fee cover the costs of the games, sausage sizzle and the night’s function, it adds to the tally to aid children suffering from Neurofibromatosis.

Last year’s event raised $14,000, which is outstanding considering the foundation receives just $18,000 from the government.

Along with the fun and games, the function will also include a memorabilia auction.

It was last year’s auction that proved to be the biggest money spinner for the cause.

Paul Smart from Azuma International supplied the various pieces of memorabilia, which raised almost $8000.

Smart will be back this year with “some sensational memorabilia”, so attendees better make sure their wallets are loaded!

Teams from four districts – Melton (Go Blues), Ballarat, Shepparton and Bendigo – will do battle throughout the day, with the first event, a netball match, to begin at 11:30am at the Strathfieldsaye Sports Club.

The first footy game is scheduled to start at noon.

“The Strathfieldsaye Club has offered us free use of their grounds and facilities,” O’Connell said.

They have two footy ovals and three netball courts, so it’s the perfect pl ace for us.

“Last year’s day was big, but this year will be huge.”

For more information please contact Robbie O'Connell on 0404 728 885.

Paul Courts

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