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By Waratahs Rugby Media Unit
Pupils at Bondi Public School will benefit from a restocked library and improved classroom and sporting programs, thanks in part to the efforts of TahMan.
One of the star attractions, TahMan went down a treat with hundreds of children and parents present at last weekend’s Halloween-themed school fete which raised over $50,000.
“The kids loved meeting TahMan and there are many muscle flexing pictures to prove it!” said Julia Fleming from the Bondi Public School Committee.
“TahMan’s presence and that of the NSW Community Development team were terrific additions to our Halloween fete, which was a resounding success raising over $50,000 which will be put to good use restocking our library and supporting literacy, numeracy and sporting programs at our school.”
Last Sunday also saw Pat McCutcheon in St Ives to join kids and parents at the Volvo Skills Challenge event at Corpus Christi School, handing out backpacks and mini footballs and enjoying the fete atmosphere.
Meanwhile on the Central Coast, Cam Crawford and Jeremy Tilse were among hundreds of rugby fans enjoying an awesome afternoon of sevens fun and footy at the annual Central Coast Sevens tournament, which was won by Westfield Barbarians.
Also drawing a crowd on the day was TahMan’s attempt to tackle Jujutsu, which earned him a cheer as well as a few bruises!
This Sunday morning, Pat McCutcheon, Bernard Foley, Rob Horne and Sam Lane will be joining walkers supporting the Cure for Life Foundation at the annual Walk4Life event at Centennial Park. Teaming up with celebrity chefs Colin Fassnidge (Four in Hand and 4Fourteen), Shannon Debreceny and Jeff Bennett (Three Blue Ducks), Sean Connolly (The Morrison) and Masterchef 2012 finalist Amina Elshafei, the players will be lending a hand with the sausage skills, manning the Volvo interactive stations, leading some skills drills and helping out Olympic sprinter and Volvo ambassador Matt Shirvington with the big warm up.
Proceeds from the day will benefit The Cure For Life Foundation for brain cancer research. Brain cancer is the biggest cancer killer of Australians under thirty nine, only a quarter of Australians diagnosed with brain cancer live past two years. Cure For Life has raised over $13 million for brain cancer research since 2003 and hopes to raise another $200k at Walk4Life, with founder of the Cure For Life Foundation, neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo AM and his family among the walking alongside committed Sydneysiders.
2GB personality and announcer Chris Smith will MC the event which kicks off at 10am with family friendly entertainment including an exclusive acoustic concert from Triple J unearthed number one band Castlecomer, a skills and drills rugby clinic by the HSBC Waratahs players, purple fairy floss and the celebrity chefs on the barbie.
Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the festivities, picnic blankets are available on the day. Register to walk at www.cureforlife.org.au/walk4life or sponsor Dr Charlie Teo and make a donation at www.everydayhero.com.au/team_charlie
Photos from all events are posted on the Waratahs’ Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/waratahs.
The events were part of the HSBC Waratahs’ Tahs Together community program that will see players and coaches out and about joining supporters and rugby communities across NSW throughout the season. Through hundreds of activities and events, the HSBC Waratahs aim to engage with all supporters across the state as part of its support of grassroots rugby. Each year, Waratahs Rugby contributes well over $1,000,000 to support the development of the grassroots game through grants and payments to the New South Wales Rugby Union.