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Reds For Africa charity campaign raises more than $24,000

ARU Rugby

751 days ago   Article ID# 1522593
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (ARU Rugby) - Queensland Rugby’s record-breaking Reds For Africa charity campaign has raised more than $24,000 worth of donations as a direct result of the contributions made by St.George Queensland Reds supporters and major sponsor Stratco.

All funds raised go towards World Vision Australia’s Water for the World program in Burundi, located in Eastern Africa, with the final figure of $24,026.75 equating to more than 400 clean drinking water modules.

Flanker Beau Robinson ends the campaign with ultimate bragging rights having attracted the highest bid amount at auction out of all 22 signed jerseys worn by the team during their two-game tour of South Africa.

Robinson’s No.7 jersey attracted $1250 while scrumhalf Will Genia finished only marginally behind on $1200 and captain James Horwill on $1100.

Another generous source of donation came from Australian building and hardware specialist Stratco, who contributed $8000 as part of their pledge to match each try the Reds scored on their tour of the Republic.

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie and Doctor Greg Smith also contributed a combined $480 after throwing their support behind the Stratco initiative by donating one clean drinking water module (valued at $60) for each five-pointer the Reds scored against the Sharks in Durban and Bulls in Pretoria.

Reds supporters were also encouraged to donate funds through the Reds Everyday Hero website and have contributed a total of $856.75, while an extra $300 worth of funds have been donated from within the Reds squad.

"The Reds For Africa campaign was an extremely worthwhile cause to get behind and the whole team is thrilled to see just how much support we got from our fans and sponsor Stratco," Reds captain James Horwill said.

"For Stratco to contribute $8000 is an amazing effort and I also thank all our members and fans who made their own pledge or commitment to support the team while we were in South Africa.

"Raising 400 clean drinking water modules will make a huge difference to South African community Burundi and the group is proud of the role they played in raising awareness for World Vision Australia's Water for the World Program.”

As part of the campaign, Stratco, a partner of World Vision, also generously donated their rear-of-jersey logo space to World Vision as a way of further supporting the Water for the World cause.

Water for the World was founded in 2006 by Stratco as a way of improving access to clean water for communities in developing countries.

The program resulted in Stratco partnering with World Vision in 2007 to further support successful water projects in the Solomon Islands, Zambia, Tanzania and now Burundi.

Stratco Group Marketing Manager Shane Jones said the organisation was proud to donate funds to the Reds For Africa campaign.

“Stratco are very happy to be able to support the Reds for Africa campaign both by donating the rear-of-jersey space to World Vision for these games and also by donating $2000 per try while the team were in South Africa,” Mr Jones said.

“It has been great to see the Queensland Reds fans embrace the campaign with the bidding for the specially-designed jerseys being extremely strong.

“It’s fantastic to be involved with such a passionate team both on and off the field. Congratulations to all involved.”

World Vision Australia CEO Reverend Tim Costello thanked everyone involved for their support during the Reds For Africa campaign.

"$8000 from Stratco and over $16000 from Queensland Reds supporters is a great result for World Vision from this year's Reds for Africa initiative,” Rev Costello said.

“$2000 from every try scored means 100 households in Burundi can now have access to clean water.

“We thank Stratco and the Queensland Reds for their support, and we particularly thank the Reds players, coaches and fans who've really got behind this great initiative.

“We wish the Queensland Reds all the best for the rest of the Super Rugby season."

Total bidding amounts can be seen here - http://m.myqpay.com/reds/Bid.aspx.

The Reds for Africa campaign is a continuation of the previously successful Goats for Africa initiative run by Queensland Rugby during previous tours to South Africa in 2010 and 2011, where more than $18,000 was raised courtesy of the support given by sponsors and fans.

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Updated 751 days ago   Article ID# 1522593

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