Family before footy as AFL stars pitch in during bushfires

AFL players and clubs continue to contribute to the bushfire fundraising efforts with Carlton aiming to raise $100,000 through a variety of means with Vescio’s teammate Tayla Harris already raising $8000 through an online auction of her footy boots.

Essendon’s Dyson Heppell, who grew up in Gippsland, has raised close to $300,000 after he promised to shave his dreadlocks off for the appeal. The Bombers’ skipper now sports a shaved head as he described the situation facing fire affected communities as heartbreaking.

Adelaide and Port Adelaide also announced they will play a T20 match at Adelaide Oval involving both footballers and cricketers on Sunday, February 2. The T20 Showdown for Bushfire relief will include Australian cricketer Travis Head as well as stars from both the Crows and the Power.

Meanwhile players from all clubs have thrown their support behind the Victoria v All Stars game to be held at Marvel Stadium on Friday February 28.

All Stars coach John Longmire said he did not hesitate when asked to be involved, although he said his role would only require him to push the players down the race given the talent likely to be involved.

“I don’t think there’s many people across the country who haven’t been touched or know somebody that has been touched by the bushfires in some way, shape or form,” Longmire said.

“I’m no different to anyone else, so I’m thrilled to play some small part in being able to help.”


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