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Friday night’s Women in League Round opener between the Rabbitohs and the Storm marks the beginning of a new tradition between the clubs built on charity, playing for the inaugural Crown Resorts OCRF Charity Challenge Plaque, an initiative described as a fight for life by OCRF CEO Liz Heliotis.

The Challenge will serve as a fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) and will be contested by the two Crown sponsored Clubs, with the Crown Resorts Foundation kicking off the fundraising with a $20,000 cheque to OCRF, and a further $1000 for every try scored during the match.

Fighting a disease that claims the life of one woman every 10 hours, OCRF CEO Liz Heliotis said that discovering an early detector is at the heart of OCRF.

“Most other forms of Cancer have early detectors,” said Liz.

“With Ovarian Cancer though, you detect it late and the outcome is poor. We grant funds to appoint scientists around Australia dedicated to working on early detection, so we are in a position to make a serious contribution.”

To donate to the Crown Resorts OCRF Charity Challenge, please click here.

But the Foundation’s fight is far more than a fight against a women’s disease according to the OCRF CEO, but rather a fight for life.

“Not one of these men out on the field tomorrow would be born without the contribution of one healthy ovary,” said Liz.

“Tomorrow night though, they have the ability to be the champions of this cause. You’d be amazed how many people in lonely places – in rural Australia for example – with this disease will be proud to be given a voice as these men fly the flag for them.

“That same courage, grit, and determination showed by professional athletes like those men tomorrow belongs to all people suffering out there.”

The OCRF CEO praised the contribution of Crown Resorts and corporate Australia for their role in helping raise much-needed funds. But it is the seemingly modest contributions of Members and supporters at tomorrow night’s match that can make a big difference according to Liz.

“Every dollar is powerful,” said Liz.

“One, two or five dollars can go a very long way when it comes to research.”

To donate to the Crown Resorts OCRF Charity Challenge, please click here.

For Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire, the Challenge is a chance for his team to do their part for the important cause.

“It’s a great opportunity to do a lot of good,” said Madge.

“To be able to raise money for OCRF on the back of these two teams coming together is something that we’re very proud to do, especially doing it in Women in League Round.

“We’re fortunate as a Club to have great support from Crown Resorts, obviously sponsoring both teams to make this happen.

“It’s a fairly unique opportunity I think, and for us as a Club we’re proud to be able to do some good with our football, and we’ve said it many times – we’re a family at Souths. Ovarian Cancer is something that affects families, so we’re going to do our part.

“Hopefully we can score plenty of tries and add to the total money raised.”

With the Rabbitohs now boasting a Membership base over 30,000 strong, the South Sydney mentor encouraged all Members to show up in droves not only to support the boys on-field, but to help raise funds for the all-important OCRF cause.

“I say it every week – we’re blown away by the level of support we get from our Members and supporters,” said Madge.

“This week will be no different, and hopefully we can help to raise plenty of money for such a great cause.”

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Melbourne Storm in the Crown Resorts OCRF Charity Challenge this Friday night in aid of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. To find out more about the Crown Resorts OCRF Charity Challenge, please click here. For all match day information including how to purchase tickets, please click here.

With $49 General Admission Family passes for 2 adults & 2 kids it’s a perfect opportunity to make it a family affair. The Rabbitohs hope to see you there!  Don’t forget you save up to $10 per ticket across all categories when you pre-purchase your tickets to Friday’s clash against the Storm.Click here or call 132 849 to pre purchase your family pass now.