Danger backs State of Origin return

Patrick Dangerfield is back the return of State of Origin to support bushfire victims.

Geelong Cats star Patrick Danger has welcomed AFL’s announcement of a State of Origin match to raise money for bushfire-stricken communities.

Dangerfield threw his behind the concept today as AFL Players Association (AFLPA) president.

“It was an immediate ‘yes’ when the State of Origin concept was put to players by the AFLPA,” he said.

“We, like everyone, are heartbroken and desperate to help. We’re committed to putting on a great event for fans and hopefully raise a significant amount of money.”

Dangerfield also announced a $250,000 donation on behalf of all male and female players for various charities supporting those effected.

“We know this is not something that will be instantly fixed by a donation and a game of football,” he said.

“So AFL and AFLW players will continue to identify ways to make a difference where they can, as communities look to rebuild.

“We’re in awe of those on the front line of this disaster and we take great inspiration from the bravery, spirit and sacrifice that’s been shown by our emergency service workers and volunteers, and want to acknowledge those Australians in particular.”

The $250,000 donation forms part of a $2.5 million AFL pledge, including $900,000 from the 18 clubs, for Australia’s bushfire-stricken communities.

A donation of $1 million will go immediately to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund while the other $1.5 million will go into an AFL community relief fund.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan today announced the State of Origin match, to follow an AFLW Collingwood vs Melbourne game on February 28.

All funds from the event would go towards the AFL’s community relief fund, he said.

“Our industry is heartbroken by the devastation that the fires are causing around the country and our clubs and players have suggested a number of initiatives where we can support affected communities in the short and longer term as they deal with the aftermath of these fires.”

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