Footy club kicks off annual Red Shield Appeal

FOOTBALL fans will gather once again at the KGV Oval on 5 May to raise vital funds for Red Saturday.

Held annually in partnership with the Glenorchy District Football Club (GDFC), the initiative supports the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

Arch rivals Glenorchy and Clarence Football Clubs will face off in what is expected to be an exciting game of footy.

For those who wish to watch the game in comfort and style, a luncheon will be held in the Jack Rough function room.

Tickets cost $50 for members and $55 for non-members.

Ticket holders will be treated to game entry, a two-course meal from Waji Food and access to bar facilities and balcony.

GDFC general manager Duncan Warburton said it was important for the football community to get behind these types of charity events.

“We pride ourselves on being a club that helps where we can, whether that is taking young players under our wing who may need a bit of direction in their life or helping raise funds for the Salvation Army and similar charities,” he said.

“We just never know if players, supporters or members will need to reach out to the Salvos at some stage in their life.”

The Salvation Army will have collectors on the ground throughout the day along with an opportunity to win a lucky-door prize.

The proceeds raised at the event will go directly to supporting vulnerable Tasmanians.

“All the money goes toward all our social programs, drug and alcohol rehab, homeless support, food programs and everything else we run around the state,” Salvation Army lieutenant Jeff Milkins said.

“A substantial amount of our work in this area happens around Glenorchy, so to get groups within that community to partner with us for this event is just fantastic and gives them a bit of ownership of the fundraising in the area.

“The need has never been greater.”

For more information or to RSVP, phone 6272 9593 or email gm@glenorchymagpies.org.au by 2 May.

The Salvation Army has a statewide goal of $180,000 this year and is aiming to raise $17,500 in the Glenorchy area.

The Red Shield Doorknock will be held on 26 and 27 May.

GDFC also encourages wives, girlfriends, mothers and aunties to attend Ladies Day on 2 June to raise funds for the Australian Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The ticket price of $50 includes drink on arrival, canapes by Waji Food, fashion parade by Strutt Design Studio, game entry, lucky-door prizes and raffle.

Caption: From left, Shieldy the mascot, Salvation Army lieutenant Jeff Milkins and Glenorchy District Football Club general manager Duncan Warburton preparing for the major fundraising event.