The Canberra Raiders national rugby league (NRL) team and its major sponsor, Huawei, presented the Soldier On charity with a cheque for $25,040 at last night’s Trans-Tasman Rugby League Test Match Charity Dinner.
Soldier On is a charity dedicated to helping servicemen/women who have been physically or mentally wounded while in service for Australia. It relies on donations and fundraising to operate.
The cheque was presented to Soldier On patron in chief, Corporal Mark Donaldson VC by Huawei Australia chairman, John Lord, and Raiders chairman, John McIntyre.
The money was raised through ticket sales for the dinner, corporate pledges from Huawei and the NRL, and an online auction arranged by the Raiders.
“The Canberra Raiders, Huawei and the NRL are thoroughly proud to support Soldier On with such valuable funds,” Raiders CEO, Don Furner, said. “We wouldn’t be able to enjoy the standard of living that we do today without the selfless efforts of our servicemen and women.”
Corporal Donaldson was one of six guests of honour at the event, alongside Keith Payne VC, Corporal Willie Apiata VC, Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC MG, Corporal Daniel Keighran VC, and Michael Pratt GC.
The guests were joined by the Australian and New Zealand test teams and NRL CEO, David Smith, for the presentation.