IT is not often that game day at Boyd Oval, Medowie is about a lot more than the action on the field but this was the case when the Medowie and Districts Rugby Union Club held their annual charity match.
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With four games on the program, the footy purists would be kept happy, but the day was all about raising much needed funds for the Medowie Foodware Program as well as the current Bale Out The Drought fundraiser.
The Medowie Foodware Program, run by the Medowie congregation of the Assembly of God church, assists over 1200 families in Port Stephens with donations including long life food, bread, fruit, vegetables, emergency parcels and hot meals.
As always, any charitable event requires help from the general public, as well as a more than helpful hand from sponsorship.
The major sponsor for the day was Glen Towers Off Road Racing, who not only had some of their off-road racers available for the crowd to inspect and have photos next to, but also sponsored the special jerseys worn on the day.
Other sponsors included Fullers Racing who provided speedway cars, Medowie Social Riders who conducted the raffles throughout the day, Medowie Tyre and Auto, Port Stephens Toyota and the Nelson Bay Rugby Club.
The results on the field were a little disappointing for Medowie, with the visiting Merewether Carlton Rugby Club taking most of the honours, but the winners on the day were definitely the two charities.
On a successful day of fundraising, the mighty Medowie Marauders raised a very impressive $2800 for the Medowie Foodware Program and $500 for the Medowie Bale Out The Drought campaign.
Well done to all involved.
By Rachael VAUGHAN