Fremantle’s inaugural ‘Make Our Mark’ charity match has been a success with the Club, in partnership with the Purple Hands Foundation, raising an incredible total of $27,838 for the charity.
Fremantle asked fans to help ‘make their mark’ by donating $10 at their round 12 game against Brisbane at Optus Stadium on Sunday 5 June.
A number of Fremantle Dockers corporate partners also pledged to donate $10 for every mark Fremantle took during the game to help contribute towards the total.
Fremantle also held an auction following the match with ripped jumpers from James Aish and Luke Ryan up for grabs as well as a pair of Caleb Serong signed boots. All proceeds from the auction went towards the Purple Hands Foundation.
The Purple Hands Foundation has a vision of helping to build healthy, united and sustainable WA communities and a mission to use the platform of sport to tackle key social issues and have a genuine impact on people’s lives.
Following an on-ground kick to kick pre-game, Swan Districts All Abilities Football player Will Brenssell had the chance to kick the first goal of the match in front of 47,214 fans, a moment he’ll remember for the rest of his life.
You can read more about Will’s story here
Players from WAFC Starkick also got the opportunity to run out onto Optus Stadium at half time for a kick, which was an incredible moment for all involved as they celebrated their slogan "If you want to play, we will find a way!"
Capping off the day with a fantastic win over the Lions and kicking four goals himself, Bailey Banfield had the opportunity to talk about the importance of the match on-ground after the game.
“It’s our way. We get a lot of support from our community and it’s our way of giving back,” Banfield said.
“There’s a lot of great programs that the Purple Hands Foundation are running… we just want to give back some of the support that you guys give us.”
The donations made to the Purple Hands Foundation from the ‘Make Our Mark’ Charity Match will directly support programs of the foundation that provide health and wellbeing, meaningful engagement and connection and fostering safer communities for people in WA that need a hand up including the highly successful Kimberley 9’s carnival and Goals aHead - a mental health education program for year 8 students run in partnership with Zero 2 Hero.
Head to fremantlefc.com.au/purple-hands/donate to learn more on how the donations will be helping the community, and to to learn how to show your support.