It’s been a devastating and emotional last few months for plenty of Australians affected by the bushfires and the nib Newcastle Knights have tried to assist those doing it tough raising $18,435 to go to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund from auctioning off special items of memorabilia.
The once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience of spending a complete match day alongside coach Adam O’Brien was incredibly sold at the $5,000 mark.
Captain Mitchell Pearce’s raised $3,340 after auctioning his signed NSW State of Origin debut jersey and 2017 Game 3 jersey and fullback Kalyn Ponga’s Rugby League World Cup Nines jersey and headgear sold for a whopping $4,500.
David Klemmer’s Australian Kangaroos jersey from 2018 went for $2,020 just higher Tim Glasby’s QLD Maroons and Knights jerseys that sold for a total of $1,880.
Young Knights Pasami Saulo, Phoenix Crossland and Beau Fermor all auctioned off memorable items as well, adding an additional $1,695 to the overall contribution.
The significant funds raised by O’Brien and the players hasn’t just stopped at the auction though as veteran Aidan Guerra manage to collect $11,200 worth of donations after auctioning his QLD Origin jerseys, while Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Mitch Barnett both have made signed Knights jerseys available as part of the NRL Bushfire Relief Auction.
The NRL Bushfire Relief auction ends on January 23.