Just 3 months on from launching Maddie Riewoldt's Vision, we were a part of the first ever Maddie's Match, raising funds to help adolescents and young adults suffering from Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes through research and providing support into treatments, prevention with an aim to finding a cure.
Through game attendance, direct donations to Maddie's Vision, the purchase of #FightLikeMaddie merchandise and all the contributions along the way, we were able to raise $314,000 for Maddie's Vision. And on behalf of the entire Riewoldt family and everyone involved with Maddie
Riewoldt’s Vision, we can not extend our most heartfelt thanks to
everyone enough for honouring Maddie's legacy.
Over 45,000 people attended the game at Etihad Stadium, exceeding
all of our expectations. The way
the AFL community collectively showed their support behind the cause was hugely appreciated.
To have a sea of purple in the crowd shows just how
important this cause has become and enables us to continue our fight against
Bone Marrow Failure. The words of encouragement, messages of support and
willingness to help has meant the world to the Riewoldt family.
The event could not have been made possible without the support shown from the St
Kilda and Richmond Football Clubs, the AFL, Etihad Stadium, the media and the
wider football community for treating this cause with such respect and
sensitivity. We owe you our sincere thanks.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the significant
contributions of our corporate supporters and publicly acknowledge ISC,
Sherrin, GiveEasy, One Small Step Collective, Sportsbet, AV Jennings, Henley
and Ezard who have all helped in our fight against Bone Marrow Failure.
We hope Maddie's Match becomes a permanent fixture on the AFL
calendar and continues to be a platform to extend the Maddie's Vision message of helping
others and ensuring no one else goes through what Maddie did. Be sure to watch this space.