Through various fundraising efforts held on the day, the Rebels raised a total of $4,100 to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities, the highest single amount over the four years that the Rebels have held such a charity day, which raises the total amount donated over that four year span to almost $15,000.
GWV Rebels Talent Manager Phil Partington was extremely pleased to announce this result, praising the 250-strong crowd present at the Rebels RMHC Charity Day.
“It’s fantastic that the Greater Western Victoria Rebels community could come together once again to raise so much money for Ronald McDonald House Charities”, Partington said.
“We thank everyone who came along to our Charity Day, which was also our Sponsors and Friends of the Rebels Day, for their generosity in donating some great Goods & Services to assist us raise this much needed amount of money”.
As part of the day’s proceedings, the Rebels welcomed Ethan, a 7 year old boy who has recently undergone open heart surgery and who is a former resident of Ronald McDonald House Parkville, as a “Rebel For A Day”.
Ethan, who was chaperoned on the day by first-year Rebel Josh Chatfield, was a part of the Rebels pre-game team meetings, was part of the team’s warm-up, tossed the coin to start the game, spoke on TAC Cup Radio and had his photo taken with the team post-game, as well as receiving a special Rebels kit including the same team uniform that the players wear.
A special cheque presentation at Ronald McDonald House Parkville will take place on Wednesday 9th August, in which the Rebels will officially hand over their donation to RMHC General Manager Peter Bishop.
The GWV Rebels are in action again this Sunday after last week’s TAC Cup Development Round, taking on the Geelong Falcons at 2:00pm. The VFL Roosters will take on the Richmond Football Club in the Curtain Raiser to the Rebels game so no doubt a large crowd will be attendance as a great opportunity to showcase the TAC Cup and VFL talent of Western Victoria.