Knights and WRHS combine to help Coonabarabran
Thursday 7 February 2013 3:17 PM
The Newcastle Knights and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) have joined forces to provide relief and lift the spirits of those recently affected by the bushfires in Coonabarabran.
Knights’ coach Wayne Bennett and a number of players, who will be in the region for a trial match against the Cronulla Sharks, will be transported by helicopter from Tamworth to Coonabarabran on Wednesday February 20.
While in town, the Knights will hold a kids clinic and hand over proceeds from a money-can’t-buy auction item which was launched online today.
The item includes a fly into the stadium on the Westpac Helicopter Service helicopter, two seats in the Chairman’s Lounge, joining the players on field for warm up, attending the post match press conference, change room access post game and a 2013 signed Knights jersey.
The Knights will match the successful bid dollar for dollar, so please bid generously. For more information about the auction and how to bid click here.
“We hope our visit will lift the spirits of all those people who have been affected by the fires in Coonabarabran,” CEO Matt Gidley said.
“We know it has been a difficult time for them and we are pleased we can work with the Westpac Helicopter Service to get players and our coach there for a visit.
“We have arranged a great auction item and we hope to hand over a significant amount given the Club will match the auction bid.”
The WRHS is pleased to be joining with the Knights for this meaningful experience in Coonabarabran.
“We are happy to provide some support back to the communities that have been so good to us over a long period of time,” Richard Jones, WRHS General Manager said.
“There is much anticipation about the visit and they have had a horrible time of it, so if we can all put a few smiles on faces, that is a fantastic result.”
The NRL, who are also supporting the initiative, have arranged for Ambassador Alan Tongue to join the Knights on their visit to the town.