We really did kick some goals – with your assistance the Variety Great Grand Final Luncheon was a huge success.
The Board and staff of Variety Victoria would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the 2013 Variety Toyota AFL Great Grand Final Luncheon. Our MC’s Craig Willis, kept the day flowing and our footy guests Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett, Shelley Ware, Matthew Richardson, Nick Maxwell and of course our Heart of Football winner Luke Ball entertained the guests with some insight into their lives on and off the field. To Michael Curran and our Variety 2013 Young Sports Achiever Monique Beckwith we thank you for your inspirational stories. To our celebrity ambassadors Peter Lazer and Mike Brady thank you for your continued support.
Congratulations to our award winners, Martin Stone and Budget Car and Truck rentals and to our raffle winners, Brendan Jesser, Mark Crowe and Gibb McKay.
To our sponsors of the day – AFL, Beloka Water, Crown, Hollick Wines, James Boag – thank you for your support again in 2013. To the individuals and companies who donated auction items and raffle prizes thank you.
To our volunteers that assisted on the day – thank you!
But most of all we thank you our guests for a fantastic effort. Money raised from this event will assist Variety Victoria in putting smiles on thousands of children’s faces in the lead up to Christmas.
Don't forget to check out some of the pictures on Variety Victoria's Facebook page or if you had a photo with the Grand Final Premiership Cup please visit - http://frankamato.com.au/VarietyGFCup2013/
2013 Heart of Football Award Winner: Luke Ball
Presented by Tommy Hafey
Each year Variety – the Children’s Charity presents the Heart of Football Award to a person in the football fraternity who has displayed outstanding commitment to Australian children. The Award recognises an AFL player who has inspired Variety through his selfless actions and dedication to children. Past recipients have been Xavier Clarke, Andrew McLeod, Robert Harvey, Luke Power and Nick Maxwell.
The winner of the 2013 Heart of Football Award is Luke Ball.
Former St Kilda Captain and All Australian Luke Ball made the courageous decision to leave St Kilda and join the Collingwood FC in 2010 where he played a vital part in winning the 2010 AFL Premiership. During his career, he has taken the time to complete a Bachelor of Commerce Law at Monash University and has also completed a short course Introduction to Property Management.
Luke joined Ladder in 2011 and since then has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about youth homelessness in Australia. As the President of the AFL Players Association he has led the way for their continued and growing support of Ladder.
Luke has vigorously campaigned to give young people who are homeless a voice. Initially coming on board as a ‘One Team Campaign’ Ambassador, his support has grown to now be the driver of Ladders work during the entire year. This year Luke has vastly expanded his engagement in Ladder, he visited remote locations to discuss youth homelessness, joined forces with the program team to promote health and wellbeing and is currently the voice and driver behind Ladder AFL Finals Campaign “Shout for Ladder”. Luke’s passion for tackling youth homelessness is vital to the ongoing success of Ladder and its program.
Young Sports Achiever Award - Monique Beckwith
Presented by Nicholas Hum who won the award last year
The Variety Young Sports Achiever Award is presented each year to a special young person who has overcome adversity to achieve an outstanding level of success in the sporting arena. This year Variety is proud to present the Young Sports Achiever Award to swimmer Monique Beckwith.
Monique Beckwith who has profoundly deaf hearing loss, was inspired to take up swimming competitively at the age of 8 years old after watching the 2005 Deaflympics held in Melbourne.
Monique Beckwith, fifteen years old, had a horrendous run of incidents and injuries in the 12 months lead up to the Deaflympics.
• Her cochlear implant was damaged whilst at a school camp and spent a few months without a functioning implant. A surgery for cochlear replacement took place during the Summer school holidays so she spent a few weeks out of the pool.
• She fractured her leg in February during a school PE class and spent 6 weeks out of the pool and another 6 weeks of rehabilitation.
• Upon her return to the pool, Monique then acquired a severe shoulder injury around May thus impacted her ability to train and race properly over the next two months.
She held her head high with dignity to soldier on with a steely determination to fulfil her dream to swim at the Deaflympics.
A few days later, Monique was brave to tackle the 800m Freestyle with a severe shoulder injury and was so excited to make her first Deaflympics final where she finished 7th overall and ranked 1 for U18.
Monique received a $250.00 Rebel Sport gift voucher, kindly donated by Rebel Sport.
Congratulations from all your friends at Variety!