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During the 2015 NRL Season, Souths Cares assisted many local, regional and interstate organisations with their ability to raise funds through their Money Can’t Buy Game Day Experience (GDE) program.

Souths Cares provided charities, schools, sporting clubs and a variety of community groups with a number of items they can use to raise much needed funds according to Souths Cares General Manager, Brock Schaefer.

 “Souths Cares has always worked closely with other charities and community based organisations that share common objectives,” he said.

“But this year, as part of our internal review process, we made the decision to place a fair value figure on some of the products and services we provide to community.

“Fair value is an accounting measure for products and services that have a value and should be recognised but where no money actually changes hands.

“I am pleased to announce that this year Souths Cares, through its GDE program, contributed an estimated $112,350.00 to participating organisations.

“This figure does not include the more than 600 general admission game day tickets Souths Cares purchase each Season and distribute to community.

“It also doesn’t take in to consideration the Rabbitohs merchandise we make available to our school students and their families.

The program has been offered by Souths Cares for just two years and is renowned as a hotly sorted prize among auction bidders or simply as a special and lifelong memory for individuals.

“Approximately 225 individuals, families or charities were recipients of the Souths Cares program this year,” said Brock.

“Each Game Day Experience includes; being on-field during the Rabbitohs warm-up, reserved grandstand seating for the game; and a post-game meet and greet session with the Rabbitohs.

“It is truly a unique opportunity not just for Rabbitohs supporters but for most sports fans.

Some of the groups who participated in the program this year include:

·        Petersham Public School;

·        Little Sisters of the Poor;

·        KARI Aboriginal Resources Inc;

·        Newington College;

·        Homicide Victims Support Group;

·        St Pats Junior Rugby League Club;

·        R-Aging Rabbits;

·        The Wanderers Netball Club;

·        Guardian Youth Care;

·        Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative;

·        National Jockeys Trust; and

·        NSW Police Legacy.

“There are so many worthwhile causes who do really good work for young people and the broader community, that it’s awesome to think that Souths Cares can be part of their efforts in small way,” said Brock.

Over the course of 2015, Souths Cares has also been able to offer a select series of more intimate experiences to particularly deserving causes and families.

These have included tours of the Simply Energy High Performance Centre, Redfern Oval, meetings with key players and experiences at South Sydney Rabbitohs Corporate Experiences.

Brock thanked the many supporters who assisted Souths Cares in this endeavour, including Martin Dubler, Barrington Group and the Rabbitohs Football Club.

“Souths Cares is extraordinarily lucky to receive support from a range of individuals and corporations associated with the Football Club,” said Brock

“As a Charity, this has enabled us to support so many individuals, families and community groups with experiences we wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.”

One such recipient is young footballer Zac Taylor, who is currently in his eighth month of ACL rehabilitation.

“I was overwhelmed when I got to the gates at ANZ Stadium,” he said.

“I realised this would be a night I would never forget. Meeting my idol Isaac Luke, has given me the inspiration I need to continue towards my dream of one day playing in the NRL,” said Zac.

Brock concluded by saying that in relation to the 2016 NRL Season, Souths Cares has already committed $22,500 in GDEs to a variety of community organisations.

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