PORT ADELAIDE players in conjunction with the AFLPA have raised more than $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House as part of a player development program.
The program run by Port Adelaide development coach Matthew Lokan, is to help the one-to-four-year players get out of their comfort zone, do something for the community and do something outside of football that will make them proud.
Power youngsters collected donations from the entire playing group through various exercises, while Connor Rozee, Xavier Duursma and Jackson Mead also donated football items to be auctioned.
Rozee generously donated a signed pair of his match-worn football boots which fetched a remarkable $1450, while Duursma and Mead each donated a Power squad signed guernsey which combined for $1050.
Ronald McDonald House is a charity that helps keep families of seriously ill children together, with the money raised helping accommodate families at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and defender Joel Garner said the players were more than happy to do their bit to support such a fantastic charity.
“The boys really enjoyed raising money for Ronald McDonald House,” Garner said as he addressed the playing group.
“We had a bit of fun with it, and all you boys pitched in which was really good.
“We raised over $10.5K which was really good, and it’s all going to a really good cause, so thank you all very much.”
Samantha Sturm from Ronald McDonald House was at the presentation at Alberton Oval, and said she was thankful for all of the work the Port Adelaide Football Club does in the community.
“I’d just like to say a huge thank you,” Sturm said.
“This footy club is amazing in terms of what it does in the community.
“To each and everyone one of you who has been involved, we honestly can’t thank you enough.
“At Ronald McDonald House, we helped over 300 families last year. We are only in February this year and we have already had to turn away 13 families, so the need is huge at it is definitely growing.
“What you’ve done, we honestly can’t thank you enough. We do appreciate how much time you put into it and all of your efforts.”