Top Dogs lend region a hand
FRIDAY night’s loss to the Brisbane Broncos didn’t stop the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs from cheering up the region on Saturday
Members from the team met local juniors from the Gatton Hawks at Cahill Park, where they signed autographs, manned the barbecue and kicked the footy with some of their fans.
The Bulldogs donated $35,700 to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council which was matched dollar for dollar by the Ipswich Mayor’s Community Fund and Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation, bringing the total amount to $107,100.
The follow-up visit was made by players David Stagg, Michael Ennis, Ben Barba, Michael Hodgson and Gary Warburton and chief executive Todd Greenberg.
"Everyone who made the trip came back a changed man because of it," Mr Greenberg said.
"From visiting Grantham, Murphys Creek and Gatton, we determined that we wanted to do something to help these great people and hopefully this donation to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council will go a small way to doing that.
"It’s just a simple effort from us, both hopefully it can make a difference to the people who live here."
Lockyer Valley Regional Mayor, Steve Jones, said the donation was important to the Lockyer Valley.
"This sort of thing is a really positive sign that things are moving ahead," he said.
"We really do appreciate this and it’s one step closer to normality."
Cr Jones said the money would be spent on community projects.