Sawtell Panthers juniors help to raise money in Charity Shield

Sawtell Panthers and Ballina Seagulls League Tag girls teams.

SAWTELL Panthers juniors have prepared for the upcoming season by hosting trial matches against Ballina Seagulls sides at Rex Hardaker Oval.

The junior matches were part of the first Charity Shield event between the two clubs, which raised money for the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute.

The event was a resounding success, with the community coming together to raise over $10,000, with more donations still coming in.

Both clubs have decided to make the event an annual tradition, with the Sawtell Junior Panthers traveling to Ballina next year for the Charity Shield.

The event will not only provide a great opportunity for the two teams to display their skills and prepare for the upcoming season, but also allow them to give back to the community.

The funds raised from the Charity Shield will go towards supporting the ongoing work of the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute, which provides vital services to cancer patients and their families.

This includes research, treatment, and support services, as well as community outreach programs that help to raise awareness about the disease.

A spokesperson for Sawtell Panthers outlined the importance of the club taking part in the Charity Shield.

“The Charity Shield is a significant event for the club, as we sought to make a meaningful contribution to our community by supporting a cause that has touched so many lives.

“Cancer is a disease that has affected countless families in our area, and the club wanted to do their part in raising awareness and funds to support the ongoing efforts of the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute.

“Off the field the show of support was truly heart-warming, local businesses donated goods and services for the event, while individuals made generous contributions towards the fundraising effort.

“Volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure that the event ran smoothly, and everyone who attended showed their support in their own unique way.

“The success of the charity shield is a testament to the power of community spirit and the willingness of people to come together for a good cause.

“It is also a reminder that, despite our differences, we are all united in our desire to make a positive impact on the community.

“The Charity Shield event is an excellent example of how sport can be used to bring communities together and raise funds for important causes.

“It is also a reminder that local rugby league, like many sports, has the power to make a positive difference in people’s lives beyond the playing field.”

As well as a fundraising opportunity, the Charity Shield matches gave the Sawtell Panthers junior teams a chance to prepare for the upcoming Group 2 Junior Rugby League season.


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