thank you for supporting maddie's Match 2017
RIVAL - FAMILY - LOVE
Saturday 8th July St Kilda and Richmond came together once again to
bring us Maddie’s Match in a game of rivalry but one that had obvious close
family ties bound by love. It was an amazing night as the crowd of over 47,000 celebrated the life of Maddie Riewoldt in a sea of purple. Through crowd
attendance, direct donations, the purchase of #fightlikemaddie merchandise and
all the sponsors activities surrounding the match, Maddie's Match 2017 raised $200,000 bringing us yet another step
closer to a cure for Bone Marrow Failure.
Our wonderful volunteers sought donations of
a purple $5 note as the crowd embraced the evening donning MRV scarves, tattoos
and face paint, #FightLikeMaddie tees, purple Converse . The Melbourne Star turned purple, the
Saints broke with tradition trading their red stripe for a purple one on their
match-worn guernsey, Etihad renamed the ends of the stadium and Richmond and
Saints fans alike got behind Maddie’s Vision.
Of course, we can’t remember Maddie’s Match
2017 without mentioning the game itself. Nick Riewoldt’s chest mark five
minutes into the 2nd quarter saw him surpass the AFL record
previously held by ruckman Gary Dempsey. His passion and purpose throughout
Maddie’s Match was mirrored by his team-mates and their efforts were rewarded
in a 67 point victory over Richmond. But whilst Tiger’s fans may have been
frustrated with the final score they can be extremely proud of their support of
Maddie’s Vision. We’re always in awe of the support we receive from the St
Kilda Football Club but we were overwhelmed this year with the support from
both Richmond and St Kilda.
Although Maddie’s Match is now over you can
always support Maddie’s Vision, purchasing merchandise or simply making a $5
donation to #HighFiveforMaddie. Maddie fought her battle with inspiring
determination and courage and we will always put our heads down,
lift our hearts and continue to #FightLikeMaddie.