The framed and signed Sydney FC shirt donated to raise funds for the Lismore Flood Appeal. Lismore City councillor Gianpiero Battista is pictured with Lisa Perkins and junior players from the Lismore Richmond Rovers.
The framed and signed Sydney FC shirt donated to raise funds for the Lismore Flood Appeal. Lismore City councillor Gianpiero Battista is pictured with Lisa Perkins and junior players from the Lismore Richmond Rovers. Steve Mackney

Rovers helps flood victims

THE impact of the March 31 flood in Lismore was felt across the community, with sporting participation also disrupted as the big wet created havoc with normal activities.

Out of adversity and shock of the devastation caused, the first thought of many individuals and organisations was to help others, with many people rallying to respond.

Lismore Richmond Rovers soccer club was one sporting group that wanted to make a contribution to a cause that was as worthy as was the enormity of the needs identified.

The $2060 was raised initially for the Lismore Flood Appeal at a trivia night held at the East Lismore Bowling Club.

A framed and signed 2017-2018 Sydney FC shirt was then secured by Rovers player Luke McWaide through his friendship with Sydney FC player Matt Simon.

NRL shirts were organised by premier division goalie Chris Jones, with their sale helping bring the club's total to more than $5000 for the flood appeal.

Rovers president Vicki Bugden said that the club was delighted to make a difference where possible and these funds could hopefully assist to ease the pain of some victims.

She also highlighted a club pledge to donate $2 for every senior goal scored in a competitive season over each of the past three seasons to Our Kids, saying that Rovers surpassed last year's total of $1068.

Mrs Bugden said club members recognised so many who had done it tough this year and hoped that sport could play a role in lifting spirits through small gestures like activities that also raise funds for causes.



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