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Celebrities and AFL players hit the pitch for Redkite and OCF


Celebrities take part in the AFL charity game for RedkiteSome of Australia’s favourite personalities showed off their footy skills for charity in the ‘Redkite and OCF Celebrity AFL Game’ on Saturday, 22nd May just before the Sydney Swans vs. Fremantle Dockers match at the SCG.

In an entertaining spectacle, celebrities tested out their AFL skills to improve the lives of children with cancer by raising awareness for Redkite that supports children, young people and their families through cancer, and Oncology Children’s Foundation (OCF) that funds cutting-edge research in to childhood cancers.

Some of the celebrities taking part included Merrick Watts, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Scott Dooley (Nova 96.9), Adam Spencer (ABC 702), Dr Chris Brown (Bondi Vet), Les Hill and Gyton Grantley (Underbelly), Gus Worland (Triple M) Anthony Bell (Loyal Foundation), Angus McLaren (Packed to the Rafters), Terry McFlynn (Sydney FC) and Charles Firth (Chasers), Layne Beachley (champion surfer), Andrew Reid (Bondi Rescue) and Humphrey B Bear!

Adam Spencer and Merrick Watts captained teams at last year’s match. Merrick was thrilled that he managed to score a goal and that his team won for the third year running. “It is a great honour to win the celebrity game three years running, but the true winner is Redkite and OCF who have managed to get some of the slowest movers in the country to give their best for a great cause,” said Merrick.

Adam Spencer added: “The Celebrity Game is a great day to run around and to let people know about the fantastic work that Redkite and OCF do. I was very excited to get back out on the field. It is always an honour to help.”

Over 200 family members supported by Redkite attended a special lunch prior to the Celebrity AFL Game for a memorable and fun day out. They met their favourite celebrities before watching the Sydney Swans vs. Fremantle Dockers match. A special Guard of Honour formed by around 40 children cheered on the Sydney Swans.

The Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers are long term supporters of Redkite. They competed for the Redkite Cup during the match. The cup was presented to the Fremantle Dockers shortly after they won the game by five year old Lola. Lola's family  is supported by Redkite. The two teams will be meeting again and competing for the cup in August.

Redkite and OCF are working together to improve the lives of children with cancer. Redkite provides real and practical support to children, young people and their families throughout the cancer journey. OCF works with Australia’s premier researchers and oncologists and is dedicated to finding cures so that children with cancer can live their dreams.