Tweed Seagulls has teamed up with bookmaker TopSport to raise over $2000 for The Preston Campbell Foundation.
“The Charity Betting Competition saw a Seagulls Old Boy (former players and staff) take on a Seagulls Young Gull (current players and staff) each week by placing a $100 bet on a horse race,” Seagulls CEO Matt Francis said.
“Each week TopSport provided a $100 bonus bet to a punter from each team and then it was us to them to prove their ‘punting prowess’ to try to raise some money for this very worthy cause. Any weekly winnings were set aside and then at the end of the competition each teams winnings were combined.”
“In what some might consider to be a surprising result the Young Gulls won $1,475 compared to the Old Boys $680.”
“A number of the Young Gulls had never placed a bet before, so it just goes to show that picking a horses name or number that you like is sometimes the best way to go.
“Regardless of who won the bragging rights, the competition was a fun way to raise funds for a very worthy cause and I know that the $2,155 will be well utilised by The Foundation.
“We’re thrilled to be able to donate these funds to such a worthy cause, Tristan Merlahan, TopSport’s Director said.
“At TopSport we love our footy which is why we partnered with our local club, Tweed Seagulls last season and to be able to collaborate with them to raise funds to support the work that Preston does is fantastic.
“2020 has been a tough year for so many, and since the mighty Seagulls couldn’t get on the field this year we thought the competition would help create a bit of banter and fun amongst the fans and players – and raise some funds to a great cause, said Mr Merlahan.
“Tweed Seagulls and rugby league have a great history in supporting the communities they serve,” Preston Campbell said.
“I am honoured that the Club in conjunction with TopSport have seen fit to contribute the proceeds to the Foundation.
“These funds will be dedicated to giving local kids – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – a helping hand to bring their dreams to life,” said Mr Campbell.
The Preston Campbell Foundation supports Titans legend, Preston Campbell’s vision of developing programs and opportunities which inspire and mentor participants to achieve their aspirations and dreams by connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with their culture, sense of place and well being.