#CelebrateJohnny: About the Mannah Foundation
This Saturday, the Dyldam Parramatta Eels take on the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks for the third annual Johnny Mannah Cup as part of a huge triple-header of footy.
But the annual fixture is about more than rugby league: this match honours former Eels and Sharks player Jon Mannah, and supports the work of the Mannah Foundation, assisting young people from all walks of life.
The Mannah Foundation, formed in 2013, is dedicated to supporting young people in facing difficulties, whether they're health-related, financial or social.
Dyldam Parramatta Eels Captain Tim Mannah says the creation of the foundation was an organic reflection of how his brother, Jon, lived his own life.
"I’ve got no doubt the support for the Foundation is due to people’s respect and admiration for Johnny," Mannah said.
"It is based on Johnny’s legacy and people wanting to honour that, and help his name live on through the work the Foundation is doing."
"He spent so much of his time helping young people and giving back to the community. He had a real heart and a real passion for that. So we use the profile to raise funds and give back to local charities, and the more it grows the more we can become more hands on."
At the 2014 Johnny Mannah Cup, Blue and Gold Members and fans raised more than $12,000 through the game, with all proceeds going towards youth-oriented charity work.
That season, the major beneficiary was the Starlight Foundation, to support its generous efforts to help young people with terminal illnesses fulfil a cherished wish in their lifetimes.
In 2015, every rugby league Member and fan is again invited to contribute a gold coin donation at Pirtek Stadium on game day - simply keep an eye out for the Mannah Foundation branded collection buckets on your way in!
We can't wait for you to join us on Saturday, August 29, as we #celebratejohnny and keep his legacy of courage and generosity alive in the Eels and Sharks communities.