This year, Swan Districts Football Club will join Channel 9's Appealathon to help increase the total in 2007.
"This is an exciting initiative that will see the Swan Districts Football Club donating part proceeds from all home game gate admissions to the Appealathon cause," says Swan Districts CEO Peter Taliangis. "In addition, Swan Districts will dedicate one home match as the Appealathon Match Day." The club will also conduct gold coin donation collections during the season.
Swan Districts hopes to raise in excess of $5,000 through these efforts.
Each year, Channel Nine Perth generously allocates over 1.5 million dollars in air time and facilities to the Appealathon. Also dedicated to the cause are its on camera presenters and personalities who give their support though appearances and hostings at numerous functions throughout the year. "We are thrilled to have the benefit of our own TV commercial that will be seen from this week and every week in the lead-up to a Swan Districts home game" Peter Taliangis said. "We hope it will encourage people to come and experience the family atmosphere at a Swan Districts Football Club home game, whilst providing a benefit to the many worthy charities supported by Appealathon."
"The generosity of the people of Western Australia has enabled Appealathon to continue its commitment in supporting its founding beneficiaries; the Activ Foundation, Rocky Bay, the Paraplegic Quadriplegic Association and the Civilian Maimed & Limbless Association," says Appealathon Coordinator Jenny Seaton.
Throughout the year, Appealathon is involved in a range of fundraising projects including The Channel Nine City to Surf, the Rottnest Swim and the Appealathon Home. As well as the four founding beneficiaries, these projects also support the endeavours of many invited beneficiaries. Currently, these include the Peel Health Foundation (Paediatric Wing), Camp Quality, and Samaritans Prevention of Suicide and Variety Club.
Beyond 2007, the Swan Districts Football Club is planning to further develop its relationship with Channel Nine's Appealathon. "We intend to develop a long-lasting relationship with Channel 9's Appealathon to continue our support of the Western Australian community," says Peter Taliangis.