Collingwood Cares raises over $500,000 at telethon

02 Aug 2022

The Collingwood Football Club thanks the generosity of its members, supporters, corporate partners and the community at large for helping raise more than $500,000 for the Club’s Community Foundation.

The Collingwood Cares telethon held on Tuesday, June 28 raised a total of $500,744 with the total sum to be put towards Collingwood’s Community Foundation which includes the following programs; Reclink and Wheelchair teams, the Barrawarn Program, Magpie Nest, and Magpie Meals programs.

  • Collingwood’s Reclink team competes in the Victorian Reclink Australian Football League and creates opportunity for individuals faced with homelessness, mental health issues, unemployment, and drug and alcohol dependence.
  • The Club’s Wheelchair team competes in the Robert Rose Foundation Victorian Wheelchair Football League and is designed to provide sporting opportunity for Victorians with a physical disability.
  • Collingwood’s Barrawarn Program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria, with the aim to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through employment and educational opportunities and to tackle disadvantage through increased economic participation and development.
  • Magpie Nest is a partnership between Collingwood and the Salvation Army that provides housing and mental and physical health services for the homeless.
  • Magpie Meals is an employment program that seeks to provide job opportunities for people from migrant or refugee backgrounds.

Club community partner Coles, who support Magpie Nest and the Club’s Reclink and Wheelchair teams, pledged a remarkable $200,000 to the Collingwood Cares campaign.

Director of the Collingwood Foundation, David Emerson, was grateful for the Club’s generous donors.

“We are extremely grateful to the wider Collingwood community for coming together to raise over $500,000 for the foundation. I thank everyone who donated for supporting the work we do in the community – each contribution is greatly appreciated,” Emerson said.

“These funds will go directly to the foundation and support the Reclink and Wheelchair teams, as well as our major programs who assist the disadvantaged such as Magpie Nest and Magpie Meals.”

Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson thanked all donors who supported the Collingwood Cares telethon and donated.

“We are grateful to all those who supported the appeal yesterday, allowing the Club to continue the important and impactful work it does in the community,” Anderson said. 

“The exceptional work of the Collingwood Foundation will continue to be supported all thanks to our members and supporters who generously contributed on the day. I would also like to acknowledge the exceptional support of Collingwood’s Community partner Coles as well as club board director Barry Carp for their generosity.”