Highlands soccer clubs raise funds to help farmers in need

HELPING HAND: Jacqui Ashbolt, Leo Schwarze, Oliver Hunt, Henry Good and Josh Haylock at Ironmines Oval in Mittagong on Saturday. Photo: Supplied
HELPING HAND: Jacqui Ashbolt, Leo Schwarze, Oliver Hunt, Henry Good and Josh Haylock at Ironmines Oval in Mittagong on Saturday. Photo: Supplied

A small soccer club demonstrated big community spirit on the weekend.

Mittagong Soccer Club raised $791.35 for Mayberry Farm in Burrawang as a part of its game day at Ironmines Oval on Saturday, August 4.

The funds will be used to feed the cattle on the farm, keep the dairy farm going and help farm owners the Whatman family survive the drought.

The under 11s and under 13s teams collected gold coin donations at the gate, while the proceeds from the club’s weekly meat raffle also went towards the fundraising total.

Mittagong Soccer Club president Jacqui Ashbolt said the club was more than happy to support the cause.

“What we eat and what we wear is reliant on what farmers produce. A fundraiser is the least we could do,” she said.

“Everyone was positive, we didn’t have any complaints. We had one lady donate $100.”

Ashbolt thanked everyone who was involved with the fundraiser.

“I want to thank the kids who gave up their morning to collect money at the gate,” she said.

“Thanks to the community. Even though it’s a small amount, it’s a big effort for a small club.”

Hill Top Soccer Club also raised funds on Saturday to help the general drought relief effort.

A raffle held at their home games raised $185.

The club holds a raffle each home game day and a club member said the ladies in the canteen thought it would be a nice gesture to donate the weekend’s funds to the drought appeal.

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