Rabbitohs skipper, Greg Inglis, presented the Commando Welfare Trust with a signed commemorative ANZAC Round jersey this morning (Thursday), ahead of this Sunday’s clash against the Canberra Raiders at Barlow Park in Cairns.
Whilst the Departments of Defence and Veteran Affairs have established processes to cover initial financial responses to the death or serious injury of Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) personnel, these tragic events invariably cause family hardship for many years to come.
The Commando Welfare Trust was created to support both initial emergency funding and then long term financial requirements of families in times of hardship where existing funding or grants or entitlements no longer provide support.
The Rabbitohs commemorative jersey, along with the player’s jerseys from Sunday’s match, will be auctioned to raise money for the Commando Welfare Trust, while $10 from each retail sale of the strip will go to the organisation – to date, over $4000 has been raised.
Mr Steve Pilmore from the Commando Welfare Trust was on hand to accept the jersey from Inglis.
“The Commando Welfare Trust is delighted to be involved with the Rabbitohs – a football Club that’s older than Gallipoli itself,” said Mr Pilmore.
“Unfortunately, we’re seeing an influx of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and we know that’s going to be an absolute drain on our resources as time goes by.
“To have the support of the Rabbitohs and the support of the cash that they are going to provide over this weekend and into the future makes it so much easier for us to go ahead and do what we have to do.”
Inglis told the media that he is proud to not only be supporting the cause, but proud to be playing Rugby League over the coming ANZAC Round in Cairns.
The ANZAC Round clash will be the Rabbitohs’ third trip to Barlow Park, in a match that the Queensland Origin player has come to realise is very much a South Sydney home game.
“I’m expecting a great turn-out,” said Inglis of the match.
“It’s a great day for fans, it’s a great day for family, it’s a great day for kids to be out there. Last few years I think we had 16,000 and 14,000 people turn out. It’s a great turn-out, it’s a great atmosphere.”
The Rabbitohs will take on the Canberra Raiders at Barlow Park in Cairns this Sunday 26 April. Kick-off is at 4pm local time. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.ticketscairns.com.au now! For more information on game day, please click here.
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