The Parramatta Eels will go head to head against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks this Saturday for their first home game of the season where both teams will be playing for the Johnny Mannah Cup.
The annual fixture 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 will be the Eels Round Three Game Day Charity Partner, as part of the Club’s launch of the exciting fundraising initiative, the 50-50 Charity Raffle.
Parramatta Eels Club CEO Bernie Gurr said it was an honour to support the work of the Mannah Foundation through the Charity Raffle, “this is an inclusive community initiative our supporters can really get behind, and one that means a lot to our Club, playing group, Members and fans.”
Parramatta Leagues Club is the major partner for 50-50 and will provide $2,500 financial assistance to each charity partner in addition to the proceeds of 50-50 tickets sold at each home game. The total proceeds go into a prize pool, with 50 per cent going to the winner of the random draw and the remaining 50 per cent donated to the nominated charity partner.
Parramatta Leagues Club CEO Bevan Paul said, “it’s very important for us to give back by helping to build and strengthen the community. This initiative is also a great way to raise awareness about the charity partners, and one we’re very proud of.”
The Blue & Gold Flag will be raised before kick off by Freddie Mannah, father of Jon and Tim, along with Freddie presenting the Johnny Mannah Cup to the winning team after the match.
The Mannah Foundation supports organisations and young people creating positive change in their communities. Specifically assisting with the Compassion Project, raising funds for resources, equipment and material to establish a skills development centre in Uganda.
How 50:50 works
- At every Parramatta Eels home game, attendees can buy 50-50 raffle tickets for a chance to take home a windfall at the end of the day.
- The total prize pool is split in half.
- One half is given to the allocated charity partner and the other half to the lucky winner.
- Patrons can buy raffle tickets from one of four 50-50 booths around the stadium concourse or from staff roaming around the stadium wearing lime green aprons and hats.
- Tickets start at three for $5