Wow – what an amazing day! The weather was kind and we had a huge turnout of players, supporters, health professionals and sponsors, all to remember and celebrate Richo’s contribution to the sport he so loved while raising awareness of health and fitness. It was particularly wonderful to see all the refs, who all donated their time, having a blast and joining in the spirit of the day.
- Banksia Tigers winners of the men’s cup
- The Lugarno Dalby Dynamites, women’s cup winners
- Dom D’onofrio, winner of the Guy Rothwell Memorial Medal for best and fairest man’s player
- The winner of the Marge Henness Medal for best and fairest women’s player (she’s in the picture!)
We would especially like to thank Response for Life, Cardiologists Dr Shiva Roy and Prof Chris Semsarian, Sports Medicine Australia, the St George Leader, Lugarno FC, as well as various sponsors including Krinklewood Cottage and Train Carriages and Sydney FC for raffle prizes and Shane and Mark who took photos on the day – see them on Flickr, as well as Response for Life fotos on their Facebook page.
We got some lovely feedback, here’s one from Peter Mallios, President, Carlton Rivers FC:
On behalf of our Club, and I am sure all others as well, our Committee and Players wish to thank you for all your efforts together with the army of community minded volunteers that worked tirelessly to arrange, host, participate and ultimately pull off what can only be described as a hugely successful RICHO Day on 8 June celebrating true community spirit and the memory of close football friends no longer with us. Congratulations to everyone involved and to all SGFA Clubs as the day exemplified all things good in our community, raised awareness of serious health issues and may also one day prove the difference to prevent further tragedies from occurring.
And, it seems appropriate to finish with the words of Kylie Richardson:
I think Matt would say WTF has happened in the last year??! It’s been an amazing year for me and the kids, with Monday another step forward in coming to terms with Matt’s death. I can’t thank all the volunteers enough, and especially you Tony xxxxx.
We raised an amazing $25,000 towards buying defibrillators for all grounds in the St George Association, so well done everyone, we can’t wait to do it all again next year!