Soccer tragics kick a goal against epilepsy

August 25, 2014 by Geoff Sirmai
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A slew of soccer stars, ex-Socceroos and other football legends will join forces with communal identities in a unique celebrity ‘fun-raiser’ to aid Epilepsy Action Australia. It’s the Sydney Celebrity Football Charity Challenge.

Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson

The pro-am style match takes place on  6 September at 5.30pm at Hensley Athletic Field, Eastgardens in Sydney – a curtain raiser to the Div 1 Men’s Grand Final.

Organised by well-known communal fundraiser and soccer tragic Lawrence Jackson, other participants from the Jewish community include Maccabiah star Terry Sperber, Northside Maccabi player Marlon Aronowitz and Foxsports/News Ltd sports journo and Maccabiah media manager David Weiner.

Terry Sperber

Terry Sperber

The celebrity line-up includes John Kosmina, Steve Corica, Brett Emerton, Alex Robertson, Simon Hill, Željko Kalac, Nick Rizzo and Terry McFlynn – with more big names coming on-board all the time.

Geoff SIrmai

Geoff SIrmai

Patron of the event is Epilepsy Australia Ambassador – ‘Captain Socceroo’ himself – PAUL WADE.  Wade was Socceroo Captain 1990 – 1996 with an extraordinary 118 caps (and 345 NSL Games) to his name. He also hosted the original iconic kids’ football TV show Captain Socceroo. An inspirational speaker, he continues to live with epilepsy and work for community awareness.

Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) is hosting the event in association with its community partner Sydney FC, the match will combine celebrity players with sponsored amateurs – all raising funds for the cause. There will be fun kids’ activities and prizes aplenty. Entry is free.

The general public can support the event by sponsoring a player, donating directly online.  Full details, sign-up, video message from Paul Wade & donations:

Celebrity Football Charity Challenge
Saturday 6th September   Kickoff:  5:30 pm    Entry:  Free
Venue: Hensley Athletic Field, Denison St & Corish Circle, Eastgardens

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