The Canberra Raiders have received a huge boost ahead of their match against the Manly Sea Eagles this weekend, with the club ticking over 10,000 members for the 2015 season.
The 10,000th member and newest addition to the Raiders family is Cameron Strang, who was signed up by his father Stuart just five days after his birthday on July 19.
Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner joined the Strang family at Raiders HQ on Thursday to present Cameron with his first Raiders jersey, with his name and date of birth on the back.
Stuart Strang has been a member of the Raiders since 2000, with his wife Catherine and son Joshua joining him as members in 2013.
“We wanted to get him signed up as early as possible and start supporting the team by becoming a member,” Stuart said. “It’s pretty cool that he’s the 10,000th member and we’ve now got a jersey to remember the moment forever.”
Cameron’s older brother Joshua provided his younger brother with some strong advice for the future on how to be Raiders supporter and listed his favourite Raiders players for Cameron to cheer for.
“I just yell out as loud as I can at every game so that’s what I’ll be telling him to do when he gets older,” Joshua said. “My favourite players are Jarrod Croker and Blake Austin so I’ll be making sure he’s cheering for them too.”
Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner thanked the Strang family for their support and said it was a fantastic achievement for the club to reach 10,000 members in 2015.
“We appreciate all of our members for signing up and being a part of the Raiders family and it’s great to meet such passionate members like the Strang family who obviously see the Raiders as a big part of their lives,” Furner said. “We’re very proud to have reached the 10,000 member milestone for the 2015 season and the challenge for us a club now is to continue to grow that number and get more people to future home matches.”
The Raiders will use Sunday’s match against Manly as the first of two Members Appreciation Rounds to close out the 2015 season, with member recognition throughout the afternoon at GIO Stadium.
Furner said the member appreciation rounds give the club the opportunity to thank members for their support over the season and hoped to see as many members as possible at the game on Sunday.
“Members are our most important supporters, so we will be celebrating their contribution to the club over the final two home matches of the season,” he said. “We introduced a number of new packages and special benefits for members this year and reaching 10,000 members is a reflection on the benefits of membership. Raiders Membership is more than a ticket to the game, and hopefully the 10,000+ members we have in season 2015 can vouch for that through our loyalty and recognition programs."
“We’re hoping for two big crowds to finish off the season and we look forward to seeing members and potential members at the game on Sunday against Manly.”
To become a Raiders member simply visit www.weareraiders.com.au