Published on July 14, 2017 6:15 am

Callan Wellings (second from left) and Ronald McDonald House residents at last year's GWV charity day

GWV Rebels charity day

The GWV Rebels will be raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities at their match against the Oakleigh Chargers at Mars Stadium this Sunday from 1pm.

GWV Talent Manager Phil Partington said the fundraising drive has become an annual event and was making a difference to the lives of sick children and their families in western Victoria.

“One thing people sometimes miss in TAC Cup programs is the work we do for charity and the community,” Partington said. “Over the last four or five years we’ve held a charity day to raise important funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities, to provide accommodation for sick children and their families.

“We have a ‘Rebels Rookie’ for the day, who is a sick child that has been through some hardship with their family and has had opportunities to stay at Ronald McDonald House. We have the family come in and they get some Rebels gear for the day, they’re involved in our team meetings, they’re involved in tossing the coin, they sit on the bench during the game and they do the warm-up and warm-down.

“Seeing the big difference a small thing like that can make for a young person that has gone through a bit of hardship really resonates through our playing group. Just to see a smile on the young boy or girl’s face – and also raising some important money – is really big for our program.

“We’ve raised more than $10,000 over the last three years. Last year we donated $3,000 directly to the charity and this year we’re hoping to raise a little bit more as well.”

The match will be live video streamed on Sunday from 1pm on  HERE

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