Charity rugby game to support beyondblue

AMC Vikings captain Andrew Johnson with club president Jonathon Pini during training for their charity match to raise money for beyondblue. Picture: MARK JESSER

AMC Vikings captain Andrew Johnson with club president Jonathon Pini during training for their charity match to raise money for beyondblue. Picture: MARK JESSER

THE AMC Vikings have been preparing for their charity rugby match against the Launceston Bees this month to raise money for beyondblue.

The Vikings decided to support beyondblue after the death of a student at the University of Tasmania’s Newnham campus last year.

The team aims to highlight depression as an issue among young people.

Captain Andrew Johnson said beyondblue was chosen because the team felt it was a worthy cause.

‘‘We wanted to support some sort of charity, and it just turned out that beyondblue was going to be most applicable to most people,’’ he said.

Money will be raised before and on the day in a number of ways, including through the sale of specially designed playing jumpers, donations to collection buckets, raffle ticket sales, and corporate or private donations.

Beyondblue ambassador Greg Barnes will also attend the event.

Mr Johnson said he encouraged people to head along to the game and donate money by buying a shirt or donating to a collection bucket.

The game will be held at Royal Park at Seaport on Saturday, August 16 from 4.30pm.

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