Rugby AU Bushfire Support

Wed, Feb 5, 2020, 9:01 AM
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
Photo: Brumbies Rugby Media
Photo: Brumbies Rugby Media

The Rugby Australia community bonds together to support those devastated by the bushfire across the country in 2019 and 2020. Here is a summary of the support across the country from the Australian Rugby Foundation, its players and Super Rugby Clubs.

4 Feb - Waratahs, Lions, SANZAAR Come together at Fundraiser event in Sydney.

2 Feb - 34,000 fans celebrate a weekend of HSBC Sydney 7s, as 'Try Time' exceeds $40,000 for Bushfire Support.

Overall 34,212 fans enjoyed the HSBC Sydney 7s at its new home of Bankwest Stadium, with the ever vocal and popular Fijian fans providing a huge energy across the two days.

$40,500 dollars was raised for the Red Cross Bush Fire Recovery Appeal with equal donations from Rugby Australia, World Rugby and ASICS with every Australian try scored throughout the tournament.

Full article here.

30 Jan - Trae Williams to get first Aussie 7s start on home soil as ASICS add to Rugby Aid for Fires

As the Men's team is named for the HSBC Sydney 7s, Rugby Australia have advised ASICS have announced that they will join the support of the ARF and World Rugby in donating $500.00 to the Fire affect communities every time Australia scores try this weekend, taking the total now to $1500.00 for every Australian try.

Full article here.

24 Jan - Rugby Australia and World Rugby bolster support for Bushfire Recovery Appeal

Rugby Australia bolstered its fundraising activity for the relief and recovery effort in the wake of the devastating Australian bushfires with five dollars ($5) from all ticket purchases for the HSBC Sydney 7s over the coming Australia Day long weekend to be donated to the cause with:

$5 from all ticket purchases over the Australia Day Long Weekend for the HSBC Sydney 7s on February 1-2 to be donated to aid the relief and recovery effort in devastated towns.

Free HSBC Sydney 7s tickets for Firies

World Rugby matches Rugby Australia’s pledge of $500 for each try scored by the Qantas Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams at the tournament.

Full article here.

Jan 17 -NSW Rugby partner with Rural Aid to assist Disaster Recovery

Rural AidNSW Rugby is doing its bit to assist rural communities ravaged by drought and fire, as part of a season-long awareness and fundraising campaign in partnership with Rural Aid.

he campaign – raising funds for Rural Aid’s Disaster Relief Fund – will be officially launched later this month, with fundraising to begin at the NSW Waratahs trial match against the Highlanders at Leichhardt Oval on Friday night.

NSW Rugby will donate $1 for every ticket sold to the game, in the first of several fundraising efforts incorporated into the NSW Waratahs home fixtures and events for 2020.

The NSW Waratahs Super Rugby squad will also be running an auction of personal sporting memorabilia in the lead up to Round 1, which will be launched next week.

Full article here.

Jan 7 - We Are Canberra Together As One Like Never Before #WeAreOne

Canberra’s major sporting teams and codes have joined forces to provide support for the volunteers and those affected by the current bushfire crisis sweeping their respective community territories in the South Coast, Monaro and Southern Inland NSW.

The Plus500 Brumbies will provide free entry for all volunteers and will be fundraising at their first home game of the season on January 31, against the Reds and the Canberra Raiders will follow suit in their first home game of the season against the Titans on March 13.

Full article here.

Players Rally in support of Fire Affected Communities


Batlow. It’s where I was born, in the hospital that burned down on Saturday. It’s where I grew up, a small country town, where everyone knows everyone. This community is one of a kind, and I am so proud to call this my home. I am devastated by the damage the fires that ripped through on Saturday caused; to homes, businesses, forestry, farms, orchards, livestock and people’s livelihoods. At least 20 homes have been lost, our local petrol station also and the damage to orchards and farms and livestock is still to be assessed. The recovery for these will be long and for some it may be impossible, so I feel compelled to help where I can. I have a goal of $20,000 which is a conservative amount given the damage caused, (eg: only $1000 per house) and I hope we can reach this and go beyond and help others affected in the Snowy Mountains; Tumbarumba, Talbingo and Adelong and surrounding areas, with immediate assistance and for rebuilding in the future. Help us continue to keep Batlow famous for apples. This town built me and I owe to the community to have a town for the next generation to grow and dream like I was able to do. These donations will go directly to the community.

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4 Jan - Rugby AU Statement on Bushfire Crisis

Rugby Australia announces its annual HSBC Sydney 7s tournament in February will be used as a major platform to aid the relief and recovery appeal amid the nation’s ongoing bushfire crisis.

Headlining a range of initiatives to be announced in the lead up to the event, the Qantas Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams with the support of the Australian Rugby Foundation have pledged to donate $500 for every try they score at the tournament, to be held over the weekend of February 1-2 at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle said: “What Australia is experiencing right now is both extremely sad and terrifying. There has been an extraordinary human toll from these fires that have left communities in ruins across millions of acres of land.

Full article here

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