The player-edition jersey was donated to the 2nd Commando Regiment to assist in raising funds for the Commando Welfare Trust Fund, a Trust set up to support the families of Commandos and supporting Special Operations Command members who have been killed or who have suffered career-ending injuries. Of the 40 ADF members killed since Australia entered the Afghanistan conflict 16 have been soldiers whose families this trust was established to protect and in addition approximately half of the ADF members injured in the same period have come from these units as well.
The Rabbitohs have worked closely with the 2nd Commando Regiment on a number of projects of which this fund-raising effort is the latest.
A bid of $8,200 was recorded at an ADF event on Wednesday 6 November. To make your bids, please click here.
The framed jersey also features a photo of Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird MG who was killed in the line of duty in 2013. The frame also features a photo taken by Action Photographics of the Rabbitohs team lining up arm-in-arm paying tribute to Corporal Baird on the big screens at ANZ Stadium shortly after his death, when the Rabbitohs took on the Raiders in round 16, 2013.
To watch the highlights from this victory in which the Rabbitohs wore the House of El jerseys, please click here.
The 2nd Commando Regiment have supplied the followed words regarding the passing of Corporal Baird and the courage he showed in the line of duty:
On the 22nd of June 2013, Romeo Platoon inserted into the Taliban sanctuary of the Khod Valley in Oruzgan, Afghanistan. For the previous 24 hours, Quebec Platoon had been in numerous fire fights with enemy forces spread throughout the valley.
Knowing the volatile situation on the ground Cam immediately sprinted at full tilt out the back of the CH-47 and began a pursuit of a large group of Taliban, following them across the river in order to neutralise the threat to his fellow soldiers.
His Team managed to successfully neutralise the threat posed by this large group of enemy before the call came over the radio that a fellow Team Commander and personal friend of Bairdys had been seriously wounded.
Cam grabbed his Team and once again ran off at full sprint in order to support his mates. It was during this move that his team began to receive effective enemy machine gun fire from a compound to their rear. Cam immediately turned around and personally led his Team in an all out assault upon the enemy. Unable to make entry through the doorway, due to the sheer weight of fire bearing down on Cam and his team, they began to frag the room whilst Bairdy attempted to neutralise the threat by repeatedly exposing himself to the doorway and firing rounds into the enemy position.
Sadly, as he attempted to pass the doorway one last time Cam was fatally struck by enemy fire and was killed instantly. Despite the huge loss, his Team continued on the fight managing to finally silence the group of enemy before carrying the body of their Commander and friend to the CASEVAC chopper.
Corporal Cameron Baird M.G. was always known for leading from the front. His physical fitness, controlled aggression and sheer tenacity made him one of the most formidable warriors the Taliban have ever faced. There is not one man who has seen Cam in contact who has not been impressed by his relentless pursuit of the enemy nor of his seeming inability to perceive himself to be in danger.
CPL Cameron Baird M.G., Killed In Action on the 22 June 2013, Never Forgotten.
The Rabbitohs are assisting the Commando Welfare Trust Fund and the team from the 2nd Commando Regiment by setting up an online auction to raise as much money as possible from this one-off item.
Details of the auction, and bids can be made by clicking here.
To learn more about the Commando Welfare Trust Fund, please click here.
To learn more about the 2nd Commando Regiment, please click here.
Please note: the final, highest bid on the Rabbitohs Online Auction may not necessarily be the winning bid, as the item will go on to a live silent auction at an event on 6 December. If your bid remains as the highest bid after this event, then you will win the item.
We thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause with your bids on this truly one-off auction item.