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Pirtek Parramatta Eels pledge ongoing support to Flood Relief Appeal
After seeing first-hand the devastation the Queensland floods have caused following their trip to help clean up Ipswich, the Eels players will continue their support for the people of Queensland with fundraising efforts at the Pirtek Parramatta Eels 2011 Season Launch Gala Ball and through their State of Origin jersey auction.
The players will sign and donate the jerseys they are presented with at the Pirtek Parramatta Eels 2011 Season Launch Gala Ball to the evening's auction, with proceeds going directly to the Flood Relief Appeal.
Chris Walker, Carl Webb and Justin Poore have already donated their prized State of Origin jerseys, which are currently being auctioned on the Parramatta Eels' website www.parraeels.com.au, so far raising more than $2000. There is just one day left to bid on these jerseys and contribute to the fundraising for the flood victims, many of whom have lost everything.
17 Parramatta Eels players spent the past two days working hard with flood victims and volunteers to help with the clean-up of Goodna, Ipswich.
The visit made a significant impact on the community and the players, who spent time with flood-affected residents helping them clean out their homes. They also visited locals at an evacuation centre and enjoyed a barbeque with the Goodna Rugby League Club juniors.
The Pirtek Parramatta Eels would like to thank NAHAS Constructions, who kindly donated all the players' flights to get them to Queensland, and Ipswich Council for their hard work in making it possible for the players to join the relief effort.
The Eels have also formed a relationship with the Goodna Eagles to assist the club after their facilities were severely damaged by the floods.