A vibrant yet emotional fundraising lunch for the family of the late Kyle Turner brought the Rabbitohs family together in its greatest form, raising almost $120,000 for the Trust fund set up to support the Premiership-winner’s children’s ongoing education and health needs.

Over 400 people attended the lunch event at The Juniors Kingsford on Friday 3 November, MC’ed by former Rabbitohs player and current Chief Commercial Officer, Shannon Donato, with the Rabbitohs family digging deep to support the Turner family and show them the love the Club and its Members have for Kyle.

2014 Grand Final teammates including captain John Sutton, Jason Clark, Adam Reynolds, Apisai Koroisau and Dylan Walker were joined by some of Kyle’s other former Rabbitohs teammates, current Rabbitohs players, other past players, Rabbitohs Members and supporters at the lunch, with other former teammates such as Issac Luke, David Tyrrell and Kirisome Auva’a sending in video messages for the audience to enjoy.

Teammates John Sutton, Cody Walker and Jason Clark spoke about the type of man Kyle was, whilst Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly and Head of Football Mark Ellison spoke about the legacy Kyle has left at the Rabbitohs.

There was not a dry eye in the house when video tributes were played for ‘Big Dog’, highlighting his on and off field efforts while in the red and green, including bringing a 21st Premiership to the Rabbitohs as well as making an indelible mark on the communities with which he interacted.

The live auction items raised $25,000 on the day with auctioneer Darren Brown doing a fantastic job in raising the bids for the broad range of items on offer. The raffle generated over $12,000 itself and adding in profits from ticket sales for the event, over $50,000 was raised at the event for the Trust fund.

The online auction raised over $35,000 and direct donations totaling almost $30,000, took the money raised to just below $120,000 in total.

The Rabbitohs, Family of League and Kyle’s manager Steve Gillis will manage the Trust fund which has been set up to support his three sons’ education and health expenses.

There will be more opportunities to raise money for the Trust fund into the future, with celebrations planned for the ten-year anniversary since the Rabbitohs won the 2014 NRL Premiership throughout the 2024 season.


The Rabbitohs would like to thank the following people for their support in these initial fundraising efforts, including:

This event truly showed the Rabbitohs family at its best in the face of a terrible tragedy. Kyle will forever be missed by everyone connected to the Rabbitohs and we know that his legacy will live on through his family, particularly his three sons.

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