Battling Blues' hopes answered
SOUND the trumpets, fix bayonets and let's all go over the top to fully support Kirra Sports Club and Coolangatta-Tweed AFL Club's aptly named Call to Arms functions at the great little club tomorrow night.
The two functions, the Ladies Fun and Frolics in the upstairs auditorium and the Let's Rock “do” in the downstairs Sports Bar, are extremely important for the future of both the licensed and football clubs.
After the armed robbery at the club in the early hours of Monday, June 5, during which $25,000 was stolen, both clubs are in a dire financial position – just $10,000 of the weekend's takings was insured.
The male staff member who had a gun held to his head as he opened the door to enter the club is still heavily traumatised by the experience.
Kirra Sports' manager Grant McKenzie came up with the term Call to Arms because that's exactly what it is. The club needed the wholehearted support of the local business community and the public in general.
And answer the call they did.
A host of businesses in Kirra, Coolangatta and the Tweed have come to the rescue.
McKenzie is overwhelmed by the response from businesses that have provided a raft of raffle prizes and auction items to go under the hammer at the functions.
McKenzie, a long-time footy club player and administrator has been left emotionally buoyed by the support from local businesses, members, past players and sponsors.
More than 70 business houses, including salons, beauty parlours, restaurants and photographic studios, have come to the aid of the clubs.
The Daily News, long-time supporters of the Blues in local sporting coverage, has chipped in with a $2000 advertising package.
You'll need to be on your mettle to survive the evening because there's so much to see, so much to hear, so much to do and so much fun to be had.
The Ladies Fun and Frolics will feature the Steve Maguire Duo playing music, an auction and raffle and a Robert Oatley Wines wine-tasting.
Downstairs in the Sports Bar there'll be raffles and an auction while entertainment will be provided by renowned local band Kennedy Mansion.
First bounce is at 6pm which ushers in what will be a memorable evening for all those who have answered the Call to Arms.