NORTH Melbourne will donate $5 from the sale of every ticket from its historic Good Friday contest to the Royal Children’s Hospital appeal.
The match will be badged as the Kick For The Kids, with the AFL and its organisers hoping to turbocharge proceeds for the Good Friday Appeal.
The $5 donation will come from the sale of all reserved seats and general admission tickets for the twilight contest.
The Kangaroos are encouraging members with prior access to the game to donate by other means, with more fundraising initiatives to be unveiled by the AFL, Good Friday Appeal and two clubs in coming weeks.
The Round 6 Etihad Stadium game between the two clubs in 2016 attracted an exceptional crowd of 47,622.
Organisers are hopeful that the Kick For The Kids will be as successful as the Herald Sun/CityLink Run For the Kids fun run which is the largest single fundraiser for the Good Friday Appeal.
The AFL agreed to play this stand-alone Good Friday match when it could guarantee it would not detract from the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the $5 donation was only the start of a series of exciting fundraising opportunities.
“The AFL, North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs are honoured to be able to assist the important fundraising work for the 2017 Good Friday Appeal,’’ he said.
‘This first-ever AFL match on Good Friday will see a direct donation of $5 as part of every adult ticket for this game and there will be more initiatives to be announced in the coming weeks to support this year’s Appeal.”
Good Friday Appeal chairman Penny Fowler said she was hopeful the game would slot in seamlessly as a part of the Appeal.
“The board of the Good Friday Appeal is very excited about the ticketing initiative and we will be working very closely with the AFL and the two clubs over coming weeks to announce further measures around the match to significantly boost fundraising for the Appeal,” she said.
“We are looking forward to making this match a critical part of the Victorian community fundraising efforts for the Appeal on Good Friday.”
North Melbourne is the home team for the 4.20pm game and is working on a deal to share gate proceedings with the Dogs over their two contests this year.
General admission tickets (level three) for the clash will cost $30, reserved seats on level three $40, level one seats $55 and level two adults reserved seats $75.
North Melbourne chief executive Carl Dilena said the Roos were “honoured to be involved in such a historic match”.
“Importantly, $5 from every adult ticket purchased and $10 from family tickets will go directly to the Appeal. The linking of the game with the Appeal is all about the kids and our goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Royal Children’s Hospital,’’ he said.
“Those purchasing tickets through Ticketmaster will also be given the option to add in a further donation when they are completing their payment.
“As the only match on Good Friday, we want to see a packed Etihad Stadium and have no doubt that fans from all clubs will get behind this game, particularly given the worthy cause.”
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