MORE than $150,000 was raised at the inaugural Souths Cares fundraising event last night.
Hosted by Indigenous Rabbitohs star Dean Widders, the event was sold out two weeks in advance with more than 400 guests attending the Grand Ballroom at Luna Park, Sydney.
In keeping with the ideals of Souths Cares the night had a strong Indigenous theme from the food served through to the entertainment on show. Indigenous sports stars including world boxing champion Anthony Mundine, his father and trainer Australian boxing legend Tony Mundine, former Wallaby Gary Ella and the Rabbitohs own David Peachey took part in an all-stars sports panel that provided many of the highlights of the evening.
Singer Christine Anu put on a special guest performance while many were astounded by the talent of 12-year-old Indigenous entertainer Allara Laferia from Mt Druitt.
While the auction items on offer, tickets to the private match day box of Rabbitohs co-owners Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court, a lunch with the 5 Cs of the Rabbitohs; Rabbitohs co-captains Peter Cusack and Roy Asotasi, Coach Jason Taylor, Executive Chairman Peter Holmes a Court and Chief Executive Shane Richardson, and two people to join Peter Holmes a Court and Rabbitohs players on the five-day NASCA ARM Tour to the Australian Outback on October, were the subject of fierce bidding.
“The evening was an unqualified success,” South Sydney Rabbitohs Chief Executive Shane Richardson said.
“We managed to raise a wonderful amount of money to help fund our Souths Cares programs and I want to thank everyone who was there on the night to help us achieve that level of success. Special thanks must go to Anthony and Tony Mundine, Gary Ella and Christine Anu for putting on a great show, one that I am sure everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed.
“South Cares was established by the South Sydney Football Club to help those in need in the South Sydney district and in the wider community and this is a step along that path. Following the success of the night I’m sure next year’s event will be even bigger and better.”
The night was held to raise funds for Souths Cares community development and outreach programs.
Souths Cares is the community initiative and charitable arm of the South Sydney Rabbitohs It was established to assist disadvantaged young people and their families in the South Sydney area and Indigenous communities throughout Australia. Souths Cares does this by promoting the benefits of education, and healthy lifestyles through a wide-range of direct support programs and partnerships with established service providers, Government and the corporate sector.
Souths Cares’ projects also offer a genuine career path for Rabbitohs players should they wish to pursue a role in sustainable community development.