Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My football team and charity

Since moving to this part of the world (the border between Queensland and New South Wales, about 2.5 hours south of Brisbane) I bought a season ticket for Gold Coast United.

I am still missing Leeds United, who - although in the English third tier - would hammer Gold Coast who are 1 point off the top of the Aussie top league. Still, at least the weather is good here.

Anyway, I digress a Surf Life Saving are promoting an event and I thought it good to share with you the email invite. It'll be interesting to see how they do - and if you live near here or in Brisbane, maybe you can help (quick train journey from the City to Robina).

How else can you fundraise with football clubs? Ideas welcome. Howard Lake was also asking about football fundraising ideas on his blog.

Have a read and send me any feedback! (I'll ask Greg if he wants me to send it to him!)

Hi Sean

Local football team assists Surf Life Saving to raise much needed funds!

How would you like to see a top game of Football and Support Surf Life Saving?

GOLD Coast United and the Surf Life Saving Foundation have partnered for the big home game against Wellington Phoenix at Skilled Park on Sunday, February 7 (kick-off at 6pm). The match is a fundraising initiative and United’s way of supporting surf lifesaving in Queensland. The club will donate $1 to Surf Life Saving from every ticket sold and there will also be plenty of other fundraising activities at the game.

Much of the fundraising activity will occur in the Chairman’s Club before kickoff.

The Chairmn’s Club is Gold Coast United’s highest level corporate entertaining at Skilled Park. If you’re after the best in entertainment, dining and networking, the Chairman’s Club is for you!

Prior to the game you will be treated to a 5 star 3 course buffet meal with beverages including fine wines. You can then enjoy the game in your premium padded seats on the half way line in the western stand, before enjoying further hospitality at half time and then again at the completion of the game. You will also then get an opportunity to mingle with the players at the conclusion of the game.

There will be some terrific auction items on the night, including, signed football memorabilia featuring Maradonna, Liverpool FC, Socceroos and Gold Coast United, as well as some great other auction items.

We want to give you, as a great supporter of Surf Life Saving the opportunity to further show your support by buying a table in the Chairman’s Club. If you are unable to find 10 people you may also consider buying a few seats.

Tickets are normally $229 per head: for our partners tickets are just $200 per head, or $2000 per table.

It’s going to be a great game with both teams jostling for positions at the top of the ladder in the lead up to the exciting Hyundai A-League final series. We hope to see you there supporting Surf Life Saving and Gold Coast United

In the wake of a number of tragic downing’s lately, Gold Coast United’s shirt sponsor Modern Solar has generously given up their position on the back of the players shirts for this game, which will be replaced with the safety message, “Swim between the flags”

It’s the last home game of the regular season, we want to show our support for our local Gold Coast team as they ramp up for the finals, help us fly the flag and raise much needed funds for Surf Life Saving in Queensland.

To buy a table, please contact Neil Rangeley at Gold Coast United on 0408 789 573 or email Make sure you mention “Surf” to Neil to get the $200 Chairman’s Club tickets.

Questions about the night can be directed to me on 0407 201 268 or just reply to this email


Greg Potent

National Donor Acquisition Manager

Surf Life Saving Foundation

T - 07 3846 8110

F - 07 3846 8099

P - PO Box 3777 South Brisbane Q 4101

W -



Anonymous said...

Hi Sean

Well done to Gold Coast United for supporting the work of Surf Life Saving. An excellent initiative.

I do have a problem however. After reading the letter I was surprised to see the signatory was Surf Life Saving itself and not United. The middle section of the email is little more than a thinly disguised pitch for punters to join the "Chairman's Club" which appears to offer no benefit to the charity. In addition they are flogging tables at a Chairman's Club function with, aside from the inclusion of a memorabilia auction, very little benefit, no benefit to the charity. Other than the $1 per ticket the email gives no other opportunity for other supporters to become involved in the fundraising effort.

In effect United are using the charity as a marketing vehicle for club, with seemingly very little in return.

Having two typos in one word while describing the need for people to support the work of the charity is simply inexcusable.

"....a number of tragic downing’s lately..."

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous
On the contrary you will find the day raised some $27k to SLSA.
Gold Coast United did Donate ALL Players jerseys to auction as well as proceeds from other Auctions in the Chairmans Club.
Mr Clive Palmer also donated profits from the Chairmans club $3k on its own.
With respect, your facts are incorrect and upon further investigation this is information was made public via media.

'Sean is always learning' said...

I wish people would identify themselves! Anonymous number 2 - are you from SLSA or Gold Coast United, or how else do you know how much was raised.

Thanks though, both anonymous posters...

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