Poms pitch in for PMH

Football is the game of the British, but they happily shared it in December 2014 for a tournament to raise money for PMH Foundation.

“The idea for a Football tournament came from an article I had read about a group of British Expats who get together every year to play a game of football and used it as  a way to raise some money as well.” Poms in Perth organiser Paul Whitehouse explains.

Paul mentioned this British Expats Football tournament on the Poms in Perth website, asking if anyone was keen on a single game of football with a bit of fundraising on the side.

The response was overwhelming and 12 teams were organised shortly after Paul’s website post. Most of the players consisted of representatives from the Liverpool and Manchester United Fan Clubs and other football enthusiasts living in Perth.

Poms in Perth

Action on the field at the Poms in Perth football tournament.

The Liverpool supporters club offered to run a fundraising sausage sizzle. Fortunately, one of the players was a chef and he was able to persuade one of his suppliers to donate the sausages and burgers. Local businesses also got on board and generously donated raffle prizes, including tickets for Perth Glory, a meal at a local restaurant and vouchers for a hire firm.

The event was held at the Mount Lawley Football ground and took place on a warm Saturday. They were fortunate enough to have two official referees to help the games run smoothly. The matches were well attended and fiercely competitive, with a team of Manchester City supporters taking out the rest of the competition to win the tournament.

PMH Foundation ambassador, Bryce who had been through treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital earlier in the year for lymphoma, happily presented the medals at the award ceremony. Overall the day raised over $2000, which was an incredible effort from everyone involved.

The Poms in Perth were highly motivated to fundraise for the hospital and consider it an admirable cause.

“As soon as time permits, I will be organising a similar event with the hope of raising even more funds for a great institution,” says Paul.

On behalf of PMH Foundation, thank you to the Poms of Perth for your hard work on and off the field in making it better for the kids at Princess Margaret Hospital!

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