The total from this year’s efforts brings the fundraising initiative to a grand total of $91,310 for the past three seasons.
Huawei has helped use the annual fixture to raise awareness of the #AutismWellbeing message, through forfeiting their regular position on the front of the Raiders specially designed jersey to help promote the initiative.
The final amount from this year includes a generous donation of $7,500 from the Raiders official on-field apparel provider ISC, who donated 10% of all retail jerseys for the cause.
It’s the fifth season in total Huawei has given up their placement on the front of the jersey, after previously supporting Tour De Cure and Bowel Cancer Australia in 2014-2015.
In its third year supporting #AutismWellbeing and RSF, the initiative has allowed close to 40,000 people attending the matches and over 2,400,000 watching on TV to be exposed to the #AutismWellbeing message.
This year’s match-worn jerseys were auctioned off through www.allbids.com.au with proceeds from the Auction donated to the Ricky Stuart Foundation, to continue to provide respite care for families affected by Autism.
Huawei Manager of Corporate Relations, Lisa Connors, said Huawei were delighted to be able to assist in raising over $90,000 over three years and more importantly spread an important message to a huge audience.
“Huawei is very proud to be able to present a very worthwhile cause, the Ricky Stuart Foundation, with another sizeable donation today to continue the wonderful work they do in the community for people affected by Autism,” Ms Connors said. “To be able to raise over $80,000 in three years is something we’re very proud of and you can see the difference this money makes through the work the Foundation does in the community.
“Just as important is the fact we’ve been able to showcase the #AutismWellbeing message to over 2.4 million people through Television and match day attendance. Our relationship with the Raiders and Ricky Stuart has allowed us to achieve some wonderful results in the community and this is another example of this.”
Canberra Raiders Coach and Chairman of the Ricky Stuart Foundation, Ricky Stuart, said the Foundation was once again extremely grateful with the contribution Huawei has made to the Foundation and the #AutismWellbeing message.
“I can’t thank Huawei enough for what they’ve been able to help us achieve over the past three years for the Foundation,” Stuart said. “This money allows the Foundation to continue to provide top quality respite care for families who need it most.”
“For the past three years the Foundation and #AutismWellbeing message has been seen on the front of the Raiders jersey and the exposure and support we’ve seen for this has been a true indication of what Huawei has helped us to achieve.”
This article was originally published on The Canberra Raiders’ website.