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Take a punt on footy fundraiser

A charity sports game founded by a former Strathpine local will make its Brisbane debut in his former neighbourhood in September. Jason Evans, who grew up at Strathpine before moving to Victoria in 1987, started the Reclink Community Cup fundraising event 23 years ago in Melbourne. Mr Evans took "some of my favourite things in my life" - namely "music, sport, community, radio, fun (and) advocacy" - and combined them into an annual Australian Rules football game raising money to support Reclink Australia. "In 1993, I had organised a pub social footy game, my team the Espy Rockdogs challenged The Tote in a game," Mr Evans recalls. "A few weeks before that game I had met Peter Cullen, who was giving sport and art projects to marginalised people. "I said, 'I'm going to raise some money for your projects.' Peter went on to become the founder of Reclink." The Reclink Community Cup, a day of live music and a multi-gender footy game between a team of musicians and a side comprising community radio DJs, became a resounding success. Around 10,000 people attend the event in Melbourne each year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Reclink provide sporting and art opportunities for people experiencing disadvantage. "I am very proud of the fact that since 1993 we have been raising money so we can help people that can't help themselves," Mr Evans said. The Reclink Community Cup expanded to Sydney in 2012 and to Adelaide and Perth in 2015, with events in Hobart and Brisbane kicking off this year. "It made sense to get this wonderful day around the country. We wanted to take this to the people," said Mr Evans, who played Aussie Rules for Strathpine Swans. The inaugural Brisbane Reclink Community Cup game between Rockinghorses, a team of musicians, and the Brisbane Lines media team will be held at the Pine Rivers Showground at Lawnton on 25 September. It is hoped that more than $250,000 will be raised by the six Community Cup games held around the country this year.

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