Mayor Keith Rhoades presents a Rabbitohs jersey to Group 2 Beautizone JRL president Mark Thomas. Bruce Thomas
Mayor Keith Rhoades presents a Rabbitohs jersey to Group 2 Beautizone JRL president Mark Thomas. Bruce Thomas

Rabbitohs' help welcome

GROUP 2 Beautizone junior rugby league has taken possession of a framed South Sydney Rabbitohs jersey.

Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades did the handover to JRL president Mark Thomas, who will use it to help raise funds to nurture future talent.

“Council received two framed jerseys signed by all the current team through our partnership with the Rabbitohs,” Cr Rhoades said.

“We are going to keep one for display in a council building but thought the other could be put to best use as a fund-raising prize giveaway.

“Chasing money is tough when times are tight and it could be another couple of thousand dollars comes in to help local youngsters develop their own skills.

“It’s a plan I’m sure the Rabbitohs will support, given the club’s interest in promoting young talent.”

Thomas said the gift was being accepted with great pleasure.

“I can think of a couple of mad Rabbitohs supporters who will try to ambush me to get it for themselves,” he laughed.

“This is a great prize and is bound to generate a lot of interest and also a lot of dollars for our Group 2 kids. In the past, raffles of signed jerseys have raised thousands of dollars.

“We’re very grateful to the mayor and council for giving us this excellent fund-raiser. It’s a great example of them working with our code for the betterment of the community.”



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