Lamb with Sam on the Maroochy
CHRISTMAS keeps giving with Slammin Sam Kekovich set to deliver Lamb with Sam with Cruise Maroochy to raise funds for the Board Meeting surf charity.
Kekovich, the hilarious front man for the Australian lamb industry and Victorian Football League legend who won a premiership with the Kangaroos in 1975 under Ron Barassi, will take to the Maroochy River on January 3.
Now working as a radio and television presenter and with a full book of speaking engagements, Kekovich was a seriously good Aussie Rules football player, representing his state in just his second year in the top level.
He takes to the water on the Sunshine Coast to support a charity that helps struggling families fill the specialised needs of children with disabilities.
The Lamb with Sam latest Board Meeting fundraiser comes after the annual Legends Long Lunch and November Corporate Teams Surf Challenge and auction.
It came about when Cruise Maroochy proprietor Denis Pointon, a former Maroochydore AFL player, attended the Long Lunch and was moved to want to help.
His brother Greg had a life long battle with polio after it afflicted him as a three-year-old, leaving him to a life unable to walk and barely able to lift his head.
Remarkably he went on to learn four languages, become a successful business man, marry and have a child.
But the experiences of growing up seeing his parents battle to do the best for an older brother who was always ill and who would die from a cold at 57 stayed with Denis and meant that a father talking at the Legends Long Lunch about his child's difficulties resonated deeply.
A couple of months later Denis and wife Kath were at a Maroochydore Australian Football Club fundraiser at which Kekovic was guest speaker.
Denis said he was easily outbid in an auction in which Sam was the prize to come and cook a lamb barbecue lunch at your home.
"We were sitting at the same table as Sam and got on like we'd know each other for 20 years," Denis said.
"I knew when he would be up here so asked if he could do a function for us which he agreed to do at half his normal rate."
The Lamb with Sam lunch will be held on January 3 from noon to 3pm. Tickets at $125 a head includes a spit roast lamb lunch and beer and wine.
You can book at cruisemaroochyeco.com.au or call Kate on 0407333242 or Denis on 0401615070.
Board Meeting head Mark Skinner said the charity had distributed $60,000 in support to families during 2017 but demand was ongoing.
"There are so many people who need help," Mr Skinner said.
"There is so much need in the community."
He said ongoing support was essential to ensure children with that need enjoyed the best possible outcomes.
The charity has been boosted by recent $5000 donations from restaurateur and rugby league legend Alfie Langer and Shadforth Civil.