PITCHING IN TO LEND A HELPING HAND TO OUR MATES

Report: JEFF STEPHENSON

THE Redland Football Club’s commitment to charitable organisations will continue later this month when funds raised following the July 21 clash with arch-rival Aspley at Scottsdale Park will be donated to Mates4Mates.

Specially designed jumpers worn by the players will be auctioned after the match with the proceeds going to the organisation which offers support and care for injured Australian Defence Force members and their families.

Mates4Mates provides support to our wounded, injured or ill ADF members and their families and aims to raise public awareness around the challenge many returned members face after transitioning back into civilian life.

Mates4Mates chief executive, Troy Watson, said the organisation was hugely grateful to those who organise and run fundraisers – such as the Bombers.

He said the jumper auction was an example of the “engaging ideas and platforms” used to raise much needed funds for the veterans and their families.

“The up and coming charity match organised by Redland Football Club is a perfect example of a community event that helps to raise awareness and funds to support the work we do on a daily basis,” Mr Watson said.

Mates4Mates aims also to provide a holistic approach to recovery in a supportive and non-judgmental space.

It receives no government funding and relies on donations to provide its valuable services.

In 2017, Mates4Mates held 4700 psychologist appointments, 13,000 physical rehabilitation and wellbeing service connections and had more than 25,000 face-to-face contacts with Mates and their family members.

Also in 2017, Mates4Mates facilitated several Rehabilitation Adventure Challenges resulting in 439 Mates and family members apply for challenges that included trekking, sailing, cycling, horse riding and multi-challenge activities.

This is the sixth Charity Day held by the Bombers with previous years backing Beyond Blue, Cam’s Cause, The Kim Walters Choice Foundation, the Point Lookout-Coochiemudlo Surf Lifesaving Club and the Matthew Stanley Foundation.

This year’s special day is again supported by the Attitudinal Driving Workshop, which holds monthly meetings at Victoria Point Shark Club aimed at teaching drivers about poor attitudes on our roads.

The workshops are backed by the courts and are graphic showing the disastrous results of poor decision-making.

Neil Punchard, who has been the co-ordinator since 2012 said they target young and inexperienced drivers as well as those who haven’t learned their lesson to become more safe and responsible road users.

The workshops cost $5 with the resulting funds going to charity.

In this case the funds have covered the cost of the jumpers the players will be wearing.

“We are very happy to again be supporting this Charity Day,” Mr Punchard said.

Mr Jake Gundry, who is managing director of AFS Solutions – Redland Football Club’s Platinum sponsor – is hugely supportive of the Charity Day.

“From our perspective the day is about everyone coming together for a cause,” Mr Gundry said.

The club’s Business Manager, Maree Thomson, said the club was thrilled to have Mates4Mates come on board.

She says the day is an “ideal vehicle to give something back to the community”.

“It’s something we are passionate about and we will continue to work on ways to assist a charity where possible.

“We’re hoping for a great result when the jumpers are auctioned as Mates4Mates is so deserving of everyone’s support,” she said.

Pictured: Sam Copland, Ryan Dadds and Luke O’Sullivan

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