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By the AAP
Queensland Rugby has launched a charity auction with eight exclusive items in an effort to raise more than $50,000 for flood-ravaged Fiji and to save the ‘fro of St.George Queensland Reds backrower Radike Samo.
Samo’s home village of Narewa, located near Nadi, was destroyed by the natural disaster which hit the Pacific Island nation last week, so as a way to raise funds the Reds veteran offered to shave off his trademark afro should the fundraising target not be reached before Queensland Rugby’s inaugural Ladies in Red cocktail function on May 10.
Since Queensland Rugby launched the fundraising initiative last week Samo’s plight has received a great response from Reds corporate partners who have generously donated auction prizes for the public to bid on through eBay.
Major sponsor Triple M and their Grill Team have thrown their weight behind the cause and will drive awareness of the auction during their morning breakfast show from Monday until the Reds match against the Stormers on Friday 20 April.
Auction items include the opportunity for two people to sit on the players’ bench alongside the Reds in their match against the Stormers; Samo’s Reds playing jersey signed by the entire team following the Brumbies match; and a fully catered 10-seat box to the Stormers match courtesy of the Reds and Spotless Catering.
Also on offer is 10-tickets to the Lady Gaga concert in June at BEC with pre-event catering thanks to AEG Ogden; a New York flight and accommodation package for two, courtesy of Korean Air; a year’s supply of Angove wine; a signed pair of boots from James Horwill; and a signed Wallabies Tri-Nations jersey.
The Stormers match will form the centre of Queensland Rugby’s fundraising efforts with members from the Brisbane Fijian community to be on hand to collect gold coin donations and a special performance by Fijian dancers in the pre-game entertainment.
Elite sponsor Carlton United Breweries could donate as much as $10,000 to the cause after pledging 30cents of every 425ml of Carlton Mid beer sold at the April 20 match, while Gilbert Sports has generously donated 50 Gilbert Footballs to the Fijian community.
All proceeds will go to supporting Samo’s home village of Narewa with $7240 already raised courtesy of $5,500 through donations made by supporters at the Brumbies game and through public donations.
Fans should also look out for Happy Dragon wearing a ‘fro with all 34 St.George Bank branches throughout Queensland taking donations.
Further public donations will also be gratefully accepted to the below account details:
BANK: ST GEORGE BANK
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 553-511-011
ACCOUNT NAME: QUEENSLAND RUBGY UNION LTD
REFERENCE: FIJI RUGBY RELIEF
For more information please visit www.redsrugby.com.au.
To bid for any of the auction items please visit the 'Save Radike’s Fro and raise funds for Fiji' EBay page (links below).
Save Radike’s Fro and raise funds for Fiji Auction Items
Auction Item One – Lady Gaga Tickets and Catering
Pop sensation Lady Gaga is coming to Brisbane and we are giving you the opportunity to enjoy your night in style while helping save the ‘fro of St.George Queensland Reds cult figure Radike Samo. Up for grabs is 10 tickets to the concert at Brisbane Entertainment Centre complete with function room catering.
Bid here - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Queensland-Reds-Fiji-Auction-Lady-Gaga-Tickets/261002912923?ssPageName=WDVW&rd=1&ih=016&category=59969&cmd=ViewItem
Donated by: AEG Ogden
Auction Item Two – New York Flight and Accommodation Package
There is no better holiday destination than the Big Apple and to raise money and save the ‘fro of St.George Queensland Reds cult figure Radike Samo we are offering an outstanding flight and accommodation package, thanks to Korean Air. As part of the package two people will receive economy class return tickets to New York, four nights twin share accommodation at New York’s Westin Hotel, along with airport transfers.
Bid here - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Queensland-Reds-Fiji-Auction-New-York-Flights-Accommodation/261003435303?ssPageName=WDVW&rd=1&ih=016&category=3252&cmd=ViewItem
Donated by: Korean Air
Auction Item Three – Two seats on the St.George Queensland Reds bench
Reigning Super Rugby champions the St.George Queensland Reds are throwing their support behind the ‘Save Radike’s ‘Fro and support Fiji’ campaign by offering two seats on the players’ bench for their upcoming clash against South Africa’s Stormers on Friday 20 April. There is no better place to catch all the action as you gain an exclusive insight into how the Reds operate on gameday.
Bid here - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Queensland-Reds-Fiji-Auction-2-x-Tickets-on-the-Bench-Reds-v-Stormers-20-April/261003436353?ssPageName=WDVW&rd=1&ih=016&category=126212&cmd=ViewItem
Donated by: St.George Queensland Reds
Auction Item Four – Fully Catered 10-Seat box to St.George Queensland Reds
Enjoy your St.George Queensland Reds v Stormers gameday experience in style with one fully catered box for 10 people the perfect option for impressing your friends, family and clients.
Bid here - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Queensland-Reds-Fiji-Auction-10-Seat-Corporate-Box-20-April-2012/261002912019?ssPageName=WDVW&rd=1&ih=016&category=126212&cmd=ViewItem
Donated by: Queensland Rugby and Spotless Catering
Auction Item Five – Signed Radike Samo Jersey
Just a week after the floods hit Fiji, Radike Samo featured for the St.George Queensland Reds in their clash against the ACT Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium. Samo and the Reds have signed the exact jersey worn by Samo on the night, which they are auctioning to help raise funds for the ‘Save Radike’s ‘Fro and support Fiji’ campaign
Bid here - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Queensland-Reds-Fiji-Auction-Radike-Samo-Signed-Jersey/261003437493?ssPageName=WDVW&rd=1&ih=016&category=39981&cmd=ViewItem
Donated by: Radike Samo
Auction Item Six – Signed James Horwill Boots
There has been no bigger success story in Rugby during the past 12 months than the meteoric rise of James Horwill from Super Rugby championship-winning captain to Wallabies leader. Horwill has been a driving force behind the ‘Save Radike’s ‘Fro and support Fiji’ campaign and will kindly donate and sign the pair of boots he will wear against the Stormers at Suncorp Stadium on Friday April 20.
Bid here - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Queensland-Reds-Fiji-Auction-James-Horwilll-Signed-Boots-Reds-v-Stormers-2012-/261003439063?pt=AU_Rugby_Union_Memorabilia&hash=item3cc5046bd7
Donated by: James Horwill
Auction Item Seven – Signed 2011 Tri Nations Jersey
The Wallabies ended a decade-long Tri Nations drought when they toppled World Cup winners New Zealand in an epic battle at Suncorp Stadium in 2011. St.George Queensland Reds backrower Radike Samo was the star from the night, streaking away 60-metres to score what was a match-winning moment in an otherwise enthralling battle. You can now secure a Wallabies Tri-Nations jersey signed by the entire squad.
Bid here - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Queensland-Reds-Fiji-Auction-Signed-Wallabies-Tri-Nation-Jersey-/261003439837?pt=AU_Rugby_Union_Memorabilia&hash=item3cc5046edd
Donated by: ARU
Auction Item Eight – One Year’s Supply of Angove Wines
Angove Wines is offering you the opportunity to secure a year's worth of Angove Wine in an effort to raise funds for the ‘Save Radike’s ‘Fro and support Fiji’ campaign.
Bid here - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Queensland-Reds-Fiji-Auction-Years-Worth-Angove-Wine-/261003441445?pt=AU_Food&hash=item3cc5047525
Donated by: Angove Wines