They’re budding stars who will one day light up the big stage, but they’ve already helped brighten young lives before stepping onto the MCG turf.
During the camp, the players were asked which charity they would like to receive the money, with the Starlight Children’s Foundation getting the nod. With almost the entirety of the attending players voting, the donation was made from the AFL Players Care Fund on behalf of the first-year players.
AFL players have been supporting the Starlight Children’s Foundation over the past few years through AFL Players Care donations. AFL players such as Chris Mayne and Matt De Boer are personally involved with the foundation, where they visit hospitals and spend time with children to help brighten their lives.
AFL Players Care is the players’ official charity initiative and was established in 2014 when the male playing group voted to increase their match fee charity contributions from $25 to $50 per player, per game.
While $25 per game per player is still donated to the AFL Players’ official charity partner, Ladder, to help tackle youth homelessness, an additional $25 per game per player is now contributed to the AFL Players Care fund.
$180,000 of this fund is then equally distributed among all 18 male AFL clubs each season giving each team the opportunity to support one or two charities of they are passionate about.