Friday night’s Purple Hands Foundation game saw Fremantle fans come together to shine a light on the work the Club’s charitable arm does to help create a future where no young Western Australian is left behind.

As a not-for-profit and separate entity to the Fremantle Football Club, Purple Hands relies on the generosity of the WA community to deliver its programs aimed at addressing key social issues impacting our youth.

With the fundraising target set at $40,000, the Purple Army came together and exceeded expectations, raising an incredible total of $63,735 – a record-breaking result.

Fans were encouraged to donate via a QR code, or by purchasing a light-up wristband at the game, with all proceeds going to the Purple Hands Foundation, dedicated to helping young people overcome barriers, unlock potential, and instil important life skills using the power of sport.

The third annual Hand in Hand Crossing for Inclusion kicked off the day, where members of the WA community gathered to cross the Matagarup Bridge together to support and advocate for a more inclusive football community.

All Abilities and Starkick footballers came out firing at half time of Friday night's match, having a kick and further demonstrating the importance of inclusivity in sport.

The night of inclusivity continued with Purple Hands sensory bags available to fans, ensuring adults and children with sensory needs were taken care of from the comfort of their seats.

All Abilities and Starkick footballers take to the field at half time

At three quarter time, the crowd showed their support for the Purple Hands Foundation by turning on their Purple Hands flashing wristbands and their phone lights all around the stadium.

Purple Hands Foundation General Manager Donna Rendell said the team were extremely thankful to the Purple Army for their support.

“We are so grateful to everyone who attended the game and either donated or bought a wristband in support of the Purple Hands Foundation,” Rendell said.

“These funds will go a long way to sustaining our programs, and our aim of ensuring that no young West Australian is left behind.”