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Raiders raise over $100,000 for charity through 50-50 Charity Raffle

The Canberra Raiders are proud to announce that we have just ticked over the $100,000 mark in funds raised for charities through the 50-50 Charity Raffle, with $54,571 raised this year alone.

The Raiders launched their partnership with 50-50 Charity Raffle in 2020, with tickets sold at home games and funds raised going to both local and national charities and community groups.

This year tickets were sold at nine home games, with groups including Ronald McDonald House charity, Black Dog Institute, Menslink and Disability Trust benefitting from the money raised.

The 50-50 Charity Raffle is a not-for-profit fundraising product operated by the 50-50 Foundation and managed by TLC’s Charitable Games team. The aim is to raise significant funds for charities and good causes by partnering with sporting clubs and teams, event owners and charity partners to host fundraising raffles.

Half of the prize pool raised at each fundraising raffle goes to one lucky ticket holder who is drawn at random during the event. The remaining 50 percent goes to charitable purposes.

Nathan Hitchcock at GIO Stadium at, Rd 19 v Warriors, Charity partner was RMHC.
Nathan Hitchcock at GIO Stadium at, Rd 19 v Warriors, Charity partner was RMHC.

Long-time Raiders fan, Nathan Hitchcock, was this year’s NRL Grand Final 50-50 Charity Raffle winner.

Watching the Grand Final action from his holiday on the NSW South Coast, Nathan bought his ticket online and with 20 minutes left in the Panthers v Eels match he received the call to say he had won the raffle, winning a cash prize of $15,368.

“When the phone rang during the second half, I had a thought “surely it’s not 50-50!” I was shocked to win the cash prize. I always buy tickets because I love to support the different charity partners and it gives me a chance to give back,” Nathan said.

Footy fans at Accor Stadium embraced the 50-50 Charity Raffle, with a strong raffle total of $30,763. Funds raised were directed to the NRL State of Mind programs supporting the mental health and wellbeing of rugby league communities.

Nathan, a Raiders fan since 1987, is a three-time 50-50 winner having won two previous Raiders raffles. Nathan won the 50-50 raffle prize earlier this year at the Raiders v Warriors home game in round 19, as well as in 2020.

The 50-50 Charity Raffle will return next season, with the Raiders looking to raise many more funds for both local and national charities.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.