AFL announce support for bushfire relief efforts

The AFL, its 18 Clubs and AFL/ AFLW players through the AFL Players’ Association have today announced a donation of $2.5 million to support communities impacted by the bushfires across Australia.

A donation of $1 million will immediately go towards relief efforts and provide emergency assistance on the ground through the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

A further $1.5 million will be donated into a Community Relief Fund set up by the AFL that will support the local communities in fire-affected areas to repair and rebuild their local football clubs, including helping footballing families in these impacted areas.

The $2.5 million donation includes $900,000 from the 18 clubs, the AFL and AFLW players have contributed $250,000 directly from the AFL Players’ Association’s charity fund, AFL Players Care, and the AFL has contributed $1.35 million.

Additionally, the AFL, with support from the Clubs and AFLPA, will host a doubleheader at Marvel Stadium on Friday 28 February, opening with an AFLW Collingwood vs Melbourne match (previously scheduled for Victoria Park), followed by an AFL State of Origin match with all money raised to further support the Community Relief Fund.

Victoria, to be coached by Richmond Premiership coach Damien Hardwick, and the All Stars, led by Sydney Swans Premiership coach John Longmire, will bring players together from each of the 18 clubs on the eve of the Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

AFLW clubs will further support fundraising efforts by hosting donation collection points at matches in season 2020, starting Friday 7 February, along with additional initiatives currently being explored with clubs and the AFLPA to be announced in the coming weeks.Across New South Wales and the ACT, local community clubs have worked tirelessly to support neighbours, friends and members at this difficult time.

Clubs across NSW and ACT rally for bushfire relief efforts

In the South Coast of New South Wales, many clubs including Bateman’s Bay Seahawks, Eden Whalers, Pambula Panthers and the Narooma Lions have opened their facilities for those in need, providing food, shelter and a place to rest. Clubs have also been busy raising money for affected members and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, including the Seahawks and the Northern District Tigers.

In the ACT, Gungahlin Jets have partnered up with the Seahawks and set up a fundraising account to directly support the community. Weston Creek Wildcats have been volunteering in the local community, Queanbeyan Tigers raised money for the Rural Fire Service and Belconnen Magpies President Scott Reid personally delivered donations to Bega.

In Sydney, several clubs have been fundraising, including the North Ryde Dockers who have donated to the Australian Red Cross and Penrith GIANTS who have raised money for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

Across Southern New South Wales, a huge number of local clubs are supporting their community in a variety of ways, including fundraisers, collections for local schools, voluntary work and raising money for members who have lost property and/or suffered some financial hardship at this time.

AFL NSW/ACT Sam Graham was quick to pay credit to the community clubs across NSW and the ACT who have provided support at this difficult time.

“We have always recognised that our clubs are far more than places to play our game, they are a vital part of the community, where you can find connecting, belonging and support particularly at this difficult time.

Our clubs have shown their incredible value in the community, and I would like to thank them for their generosity, community spirit and tireless work.

AFL NSW/ACT has been in contact with affected clubs and communities across the state and will continue to work hard to support them at this extremely challenging time in tandem with the AFL, GWS GIANTS, the Sydney Swans and local and State Governments.”

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