Ackerman trust set for a huge fund injection
THE tragedy of James Ackerman's loss of life playing the game he loved will never be forgotten by of course the family and all involved but also what won't be forgotten is the overwhelming support from this community on the Sunshine Coast and right around Australia.
From Fatty Vautin and the Footy Show, to local community hero Peter Boyce starting the James Ackerman Trust to an amazing gesture by the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm who have been extremely generous in their support for a lunch at Norths Leagues and Services Club, Kallangur Friday 4th September by providing their key players to attend the lunch as special guests on the day.
They are targeting $600,000 to be raised through a luncheon and monster online raffle with 100% of funds raised will go to the James Ackerman Family Trust.
The event will host the who's who of the Rugby League community and include a panel interview, entertainment, silent and live auctions plus a Monster Raffle that will be online as well, and will be a collective push from the Rugby League community with over $20,000 in prizes donated from Rugby League, Cricket, Horse Racing and key corporate sponsors.
A website is now live (directing to EventBrite) for table Sales and a list of the raffle prizes and tickets (Tables online now / Raffles to go live tomorrow) at http://www.ackers8.com.au.
Beware, the AFL are coming
I went deep into enemy territory last Saturday a bit like 007 but probably more like the Spy Who Shagged me and was the one on the receiving end, it was the Maroochy Roos v Mayne pre game lunch.
Their special guests were Lions CEO Greg Swann and former Fitzroy 210 game tough guy AFL Qld CEO Michael Conlan.
It was an enlightening lunch listening to a couple of very good speakers who know their stuff, the bit where I got shagged was when Conlan starting rattling off participation numbers, growth and where their sport will be in Queensland in 10 years' time?
It appears in SE Qld they have had a 400% increase in participation in the last ten years, which was mildly surprising but the jaw dropping news came next.
Delivered by a guy that looked like a menswear mannequin with nothing out of place, he proclaimed to the eager audience that in the next 10 years they would have the biggest participation in this state for footy apart from soccer?
As I picked myself up off the floor and processed it (like any good front rower it took a while) I probably have to begrudgingly agree it was a possibility with the way they forward thinks in AFL, I guess it is over to our league leaders to stop the leakage?
While I was there I witnessed a really good game of footy with the Roos winning in a low scoring but skilful affair. Daniel Dzufer lead the way, and it was great to see some really talented young blokes like Jackson Ryan, son of legendary Wurtulla Fruiterer Sos who was handy player in is his day as well. Apart from the indoctrination it was a great day.