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A sporting gesture to help typhoon victims

AFL footballers Steele Sidebottom and Sam Wright will attend a sportsman's night at the Overlander Hotel tonight which will be raising funds to support victims of the Philippines typhoon.

OLIVER CAFFREY December 17, 2013 4:10am

A sportsman’s night tomorrow will raise funds for victims of the Philippines typhoon disaster.


AFL footballers Steele Sidebottom and Sam Wright will headline a charity sportsman’s night for victims of the Philippines typhoon disaster at the Overlander Hotel.

Money raised from tomorrow night’s function and memorabilia auction will go towards providing food and support for the Filipino community.

Organiser Wayne Bemrose is urging Shepparton’s sporting and wider community to help support the Filipino community, which has been left devastated by the tragedy.

‘‘I want to make it known to the public that I want them to come to this event to open their hearts and do something for someone else before Christmas,’’ Bemrose said.

‘‘I want the businesses and the people of Shepparton to support this — we have a lot of people in Shepparton who grew up and have family in the Philippines and they are all doing it very tough.

‘‘All the money that will be raised is going to feed and clothe these people’s families that have been living over there in that condition.’’

More than 25 pieces of memorabilia will be up for auction, with Matthew Chillcott in charge.

Bemrose said everything from AFL to horse racing and pop music items would be up for sale.

‘‘It’s not just AFL and Black Caviar, we’ve got Pink and Fleetwood Mac, so there will be something there for everyone,’’ he said.

Lin Waite, who is a member of the Filip-ino community, has been deeply affected by the tragedy, with relatives and friends severely impacted.

‘‘There are 1.7 million victims, so the money we raise will go direct to them as they rebuild their lives,’’ she said.

A cover charge of $5 will gain entry into raffle, with the event kicking off at 7pm.

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