Mak­ing their mark


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

DE­SPITE now be­ing based in Cock­burn, Fre­man­tle Dock­ers stars David Mundy, Tommy Sheri­dan and Grif­fin Logue still want to con­tinue to have a pres­ence and give to the Fre­man­tle com­mu­nity.

The Fre­man­tle Play­ers Com­mu­nity Giv­ing, which works with the Fre­man­tle Foun­da­tion, raises money for char­i­ties such as Night Hoops and Fre­man­tle PCYC.

For­mer Fre­man­tle cap­tain and lead­er­ship group mem­ber Mundy said the idea to form a char­ity driven by play­ers was formed 18 months ago.

“It was some­thing we are re­ally pas­sion­ate about; we thought if we could com­bine our re­sources, time and ef­fort it could be a re­ally pow­er­ful thing,” he said.

“We are quite priv­i­leged and very lucky with what we do and most of us had priv­i­leged up­bring­ings and care­free to a large ex­tent.

“That is not the case for most peo­ple and mov­ing out of the Fre­man­tle area, we wanted to build this fund to help ado­les­cent chil­dren who had a tougher up­bring­ing then we did.”

Mundy said Dock­ers play­ers wanted to a have a real hands on ef­fect at ground level.

“Es­sen­tially we didn’t want our do­na­tions to lose ef­fect; with work­ing with the Fre­man­tle Foun­da­tion we can be spe­cific with what we want to do,” he said.

“We have looked at a few dif­fer­ent char­i­ties and we wanted to hope school age kids to help main­tain there fo­cus. We are all quite busy but it is some­thing that we are pas­sion­ate about and when you are pas­sion­ate you find the time.”

Tommy Sheri­dan said the play­ers chose Night Hoops and PCYC as their two char­i­ties be­cause of the age bracket of young men and women they helped.

“Last year Lachie Weller and I went down to ex­pe­ri­ence PCYC to see what it was like for kids who didn’t have any­where to go dur­ing the hours of 4pm and 6pm,” he said.

“We want the com­mu­nity to come down; all the pro­ceeds will go to these char­i­ties and hope­fully we can raise a lot of money so we pick more char­i­ties to help out.”

The foun­da­tion will be launched on Fri­day.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d480369

Fre­man­tle Dock­ers play­ers Grif­fin Logue,Tommy Sheri­dan and David Mundy.

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