Raider’s trial a boom for local charity

The Canberra Raiders opening trial of 2009 proved to be a success both on and off the field on Saturday afternoon, with over $3,500 being raised for the ACT Eden-Monaro Cancer Support Group. <br><br>Patrons who attended Saturday’s match at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan gained free entry to the ground, with the only cost being an optional gold coin donation to the Cancer Support Group.<br><br>In the end the generosity of both Raiders and Sharks fans shone through on the day, with a total of $3,827.70 being donated to one of the regions hardest working charitable organisations. <br><br>Mark Green from the ACT Eden-Monaro Cancer Support group said he was overwhelmed by the response of the fans that attended, and thanked them for their kindness and support. <br><br>“There was no obligation to donate any money on Saturday yet people were donating five and ten dollar notes into our buckets at the gate,” Mr Green Said. “It just goes to show what great supporters of charity rugby league fans are, and we thank everyone who donated on the day.”<br><br>Mr Green said the money raised goes straight into the hands of families in the region who have been affected by Cancer, to help them with cost of living, and helping out during a difficult time. <br><br>The donation also reflected the healthy crowd which attended on Saturday, with Raiders CEO Don Furner praising the people who attended.<br><br>“To have such a big crowd for a trial match in January shows what a loyal bunch of supporters the Raiders have and their generous donation to the Cancer Support Group is much appreciated by the club,” Furner said. “Hopefully the fans that came out to watch us on Saturday enjoyed the game and they sign up for a club membership ahead of the season.”<br>