Bid Now To Raise Funds For Vic Floods Appeal

Melbourne Heart FC Captain Simon Colosimo and star stiker John Aloisi as well as Victory’s Kevin Muscat and Adrian Leijer have united to auction an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime football opportunity for fans of the round ball to raise funds for the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal.

Melbourne Heart FC has partnered with fellow Hyundai A-League side Melbourne Victory to help raise funds for the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal.

Heart Captain Simon Colosimo and star stiker John Aloisi as well as Victory-s Kevin Muscat and Adrian Leijer have united to auction an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime football opportunity for fans of the round ball.

The auction features dinner for the highest bidder and three friends with Colosimo, Aloisi, Muscat and Leijer, signed merchandise and fully catered corporate hospitality for ten at an upcoming Heart and Victory home match.

President of the Professional Footballers Association, Colosimo is confident the auction will raise much needed funds for victims of the devastating floods which have struck the State.

He said: “Although we may wear different colours and are rivals on the pitch, it is important the football community comes together to provide support for the victims of these devastating floods which have struck Victoria.

“Sport is a powerful tool for change, and we are determined to help build awareness of the plight of our fellow Victorians and raise much need funds to help rebuild the communities affected by the floods.

“We ask everyone to donate generously and help out as every little bit counts.”

The joint initiative was sparked by the suggestion of followers on Twitter, who urged the football community to use tomorrow-s Melbourne Derby to help raise funds for flood victims, highlighting the power of social media.

Auction Package

•The winner and 3 friends will join Simon Colosimo, John Aloisi, Kevin Muscat and Adrian Leijer for dinner at the Crown Entertainment Complex at a date to be determined. •They will be presented with 4 personally signed football shirts (2 x Melbourne Heart and 2 x Melbourne Victory). •A fully catered box for 10 people at Melbourne Victory v Gold Coast United on Sunday, January 30, 2011. •A fully catered box for 10 people at Melbourne Heart v Central Coast Mariners on Friday, February 4, 2011.

Interested bidders can click here for more. The winning bidder-s donation will be tax deductable.

Further to the auction, collection tins will be located at Gates 3, 5 and 7 at Saturday night-s third Melbourne Derby, while volunteers will roam the Etihad Stadium concourse taking donations.

Those wanting to make donations can also call the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal direct on 1800 811 700 or visit www.redcross.org.au

Australian Red Cross, in partnership with the Victorian Government, launched the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal 2011, with all funds raised to be used in support of individuals, families and communities affected by recent events.