At a recent home game luncheon, the Hampton Rovers Football Club was acknowledged for the wonderful work we, as an organisation, do within the community.
In attendance were representatives from Bayside Council, The Salvation Army, the Hampton RSL and various other community bodies.
Gary Nash accepted a Certificate of Thanks on behalf of the Club for the support we showed for Mission for Max. The Hampton Rovers community raised $61,000 to send a little boy overseas for life changing medical treatment.
The Salvation Army presented the Club with a Certificate of Thanks for raising over $100,000 for the Red Shield Appeal which is very important for us to maintain our community involvement.
Long-time Hampton Rovers servant Choc Mirabito spoke to past and present members about the strong connection the Rovers have with the Hampton RSL. The biggest and most important challenge for our Club would now be to help save the local Hampton RSL. Why? So many of our members, fathers and mothers, helped build and pay for the RSL. Many Rovers member and supporters are heavily involved with the Hampton RSL Club and when the Rovers had no facilities, the RSL embraced us by giving us facilities and a meeting place.
We are a family club and the Hampton RSL is part of our family. How can we support them? Instead of going to the pubs, if our members and players can give one hour, once per month to go down to the RSL, buy a ticket in the chook raffle, it would help incredibly. They have snooker tables, bare foot bowls and wonderful facilities.
In respect to our members and their parents, anyone who had had a family member who fought for this great country, what a fantastic community effort it would be from the Rovers to say we helped save our local RSL.
This Saturday, following our away game against Melbourne High, we invite all members and supporters back to the RSL from 6:00pm as we present awards from the day to the players.
Matthew Mitzi Gray
p.s. Wednesday & Friday 5:30pm-6:30pm Chook Raffle Time!