The West Coast Eagles have donated $20,000 to the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund after raising money from the club's memorabilia auction to assist those impacted by Cyclone Seroja.
The devastating cyclone destroyed a significant amount of mid-west properties in April, leaving local communities to pick up the pieces.
To further assist these communities, the Eagles’ community team visited the townships of Kalbarri, Binnu, Geraldton and Northampton, running football clinics and dialing in players to chat to locals.
“The kids are used to ‘JK’ (Josh Kennedy), they see him down at Horrocks at Christmas time, but it’s pretty special to look up to a guy that’s been exactly where they are now,” President of the Northampton Junior Football Club, Chad Smith said.
“He’s such a humble bloke, he’ll come back and talk to any of them, give any of them the time of day. Great they get to sit there and have a small interaction with him and ‘Bunga’ (Shannon Hurn) on the screen.”
Inaugural West Coast defender Andrew Lockyer also hails from Northampton, and has also launched a fundraiser with almost $20,000 donated to the Northampton community.
“We’ve got the AFL Rams Community Support Fund, which has been started by Andrew Lockyer and a few of the guys up there,” Josh Kennedy explained.
“Relief for Cyclone Seroja and the destruction that’s been going on up there.
“We’ve got an online auction going on, it’s been live for a few weeks now, and it’s coming towards the end.
“Make sure you jump online and get your bids in because it all goes to a great cause and people up there who have been affected by the Cyclone.”
To donate follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/AFLRamsSupportFund/