Kicking goals in honour of a local hero
A FOOTBALL match held in honour of a Bellingen-born soldier killed in action in Afghanistan has been hailed a success, with a huge crowd chipping in thousands for charity at the weekend.
In a thrilling finish, the Bellingen Valley/Dorrigo team beat the Australian Army Rugby League team in the inaugural Matthew Locke Memorial Charity Match on Saturday.
But the true winners are Legacy Coffs Harbour and a charity raising money to build a school in East Timor, which will receive the money raised from the match.
Debbie Locke, the sister of the late Matthew Locke, said the match was 'terrific'.
“There was a huge crowd and Matthew would have been proud that it was all for a good cause,” she said.
Debbie said the auction after the game went well and while the official tally was yet to be completed, she said the event had raised several thousands of dollars for charity.