New South Wales

Rugby match raises $35,000 for Lismore Flood Appeal

The popular Barbarians versus Classic Wallabies rugby union match held in Lismore on 24 October 2017 has raised more than $35,000 for the Lismore Flood Appeal and local rugby union clubs.

Lismore City Rugby Club and SCU Rugby Club will share in $10,000 raised through canteen and barbecue sales, while $25,985 will be donated to the Lismore Flood Appeal.

Lismore City Rugby Club President Corey Grey said the funds would help the club rebuild after it sustained significant damage in the March 2017 flood.

“Proceeds from the match will go a long way towards repairing critical infrastructure damaged earlier in 2017,” he said.

“The funds will be used to repair items in the club’s canteen and other ground-related infrastructure and facilities.”

Lismore City Council’s Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said the international rugby union clash was a hit with the public, the teams, local clubs and school groups.

“It was a terrific match enjoyed by the community and visitors with the added benefit of raising much-needed funds for the Lismore Flood Appeal,” Mitch said.

“We thank the NSW Government through Destination NSW for providing the event to Lismore. We would also like to thank both teams, and particularly the Classic Wallabies, for assisting significantly with our grassroots rugby programs, including hosting a rugby clinic in the lead-up to the match.”

Source: Lismore City Council

Featured Image: Attending the Lismore Flood Appeal cheque presentation and showing off signed shirts from the Classic Wallabies are (l-r) Far North Coast Rugby Union President Joseph Allen, Lismore City Rugby Club President Corey Grey, Lismore MP Thomas George, Mayor Isaac Smith, Lismore City Council Events Officer Leanne Clark and Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe, and SCU Rugby Club President Steve Spinks.