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Raiders Foundation supports Touch ACT Athletes

The Raiders Foundation is proud to support a talented group of Touch ACT athletes who will be representing Australia at the Touch Football World Cup in the UK later this month. 

Through the Canberra Raiders 50-50 match day fundraising program, Touch ACT athletes recently had the opportunity to volunteer for the Raiders Foundation to raise funds at a Raiders home game. 

The athletes raised just over $10,000, with over $4,000 of this going towards costs associated with their journey to Nottingham in the UK for the 2024 World Cup. 

"The strategic alliance between the Raiders and Touch Football ACT has been in effect for over 10 years, and this latest fundraising initiative involving the Raiders (CDRL) Foundation highlights the mutual benefits that can be achieved when working proactively together," Canberra Raiders Chief Operating Officer Jason Mathie said.

"Whether touch, tag or tackle participants; we love supporting our NRL Family members".

The World Cup, spanning seven days, will showcase the finest touch players from across the globe.

Among the distinguished athletes are many ACT Raiders representatives: 

  • Rebecca Beath and Dee Smith - Women's 27s category
  • Rachel McVicar - Women's 35s 
  • Kerrie Rendell - Women's 40s 
  • Dean Taylor, Todd Mills and Trung Lee - Men's 45s 
  • Steven Hughes and Anthony Hofmeier - Men's 55s 
  • Simon Croft and Michael Halling - Referees

Australia, alongside England, stand as the only nation to compete across all thirteen divisions of the tournament.

The Emus, as the Australian teams are affectionately known as, are determined to defend their titles as Opens and Masters World Champions, which they secured in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia during the 2019 World Cup.

The Canberra Raiders would like to wish all the Australian Emus the best of luck in their upcoming World Cup tour.

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.