Club comes up trumps for cancer

By Paul Pickering
CATANI Football Club pulled out all stops to donate more than $15,000 for the Councer Council of Victoria on Saturday.
The club’s Footy Kicks Cancer day was a resounding success, raising around $3000 more than the inaugural event last year.
Catani footballers and netballers wore light blue and silver uniforms – colours associated with prostate and ovarian cancer respectively – for their clash with Longwarry, and the home sides didn’t disappoint, with comfortable wins in the seniors and reserves fixtures.
Event organiser Angela Stone was delighted with the community’s response to the concept, and particularly thrilled with the sum of more than $9000 raised via a charity auction on Saturday night.
The most sought-after piece of sporting memorabilia was a Brisbane Lions jumper signed by the 2010 list, which went for $920, but that figure was eclipsed by an impromptu auction item.
As Stone explained on Monday, a dinner date with Catani’s own Kris Alkemade became the surprise earner of the evening, fetching $1100 towards the cause.
“She’s a very good sport, and it was the funniest part of the night,” Stone said.
“But (the day) went really well and all the boys looked great (in their jumpers).”
The $15,000-plus donation to the Cancer Council of Victoria includes a portion of Saturday’s gate takings, plus playing uniform, merchandise and raffle ticket sales.

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