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The NSW Waratahs have issued a call to action to their members, fans, sponsors and media partners to help support the NSW communities whose lives are being devastated by the bushfires.
Around 60 members of the NSW Waratahs team, coaching and office staff hit Sydney’s streets on Friday to support the Salvation Army’s Bushfire Appeal. The team split into four groups and, led by group captains Jeremy Tiles, Jono Lance, Tala Gray and Cam Crawford, put their competitive natures to good use as they attempted to top the table in the fundraising stakes.
Urging the rugby community to get on board, NSW Waratahs club captain Pat McCutcheon said, “There are players in the squad from all over the state and we’re passionate about helping out where we can.
“A lot of us are country boys and a number have friends and family in affected areas. Listening to communities like the Salvos that are helping out, they talk about money being the number one thing that they need, so we thought we would get involved and hopefully we can get our community behind us and make a sound donation.”
McCutcheon also added that the organisation wanted to make an ongoing commitment and that further plans were afoot for the coming weeks.
“We still want to get our hands dirty and get out there into the affected communities, be it helping with the clear up or in the evacuation centres, and hopefully we can still do that when conditions are safe. We’re the NSW Waratahs and we want to help out in any way we can.”
You can track the team’s four fundraising groups on twitter by following @NSWWaratahs or using #bushfires or on Facebook.
Alternatively you can support their fundraising efforts by making a direct donation to the Salvation Army’s Bushfire Appeal at www.salvos.org.au, by phoning 13 72 58, or in person at any Westpac branch or Woolworths store across the country, with the supermarket committing to matching all public donations dollar for dollar for the next two weeks.
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