Strikers Join “Score For Daniel” Initiative

May 11, 2015 by

Offering cash incentives for scoring goals is a well-worn motivational ploy in football, but not one the Brisbane Strikers would normally encourage.  There is, after all, a lot more to playing the ‘beatiful game’ well than scoring goals.

But the club was more than happy to donate money for every goal scored by their PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues senior and Under-18s teams when they played Palm Beach Sharks on Saturday.

The reason for the cash splash was the “Score for Daniel” day – a fundraiser for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation established by Bruce and Denise Morcombe after their son, Daniel, was abducted and murdered in 2003.  The Foundation was established as a lasting legacy to Daniel and now has two main aims – to educate children on how to stay safe in a physical and online environment, and to support young victims of crime.

The “Score For Daniel Day” is an initiative of Football Gold Coast which includes Palm Beach who, in addition to their community teams playing in Football Gold Coast competitions, decided to extend the “donations for goals” initiative to their PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues teams.

According to Brisbane Strikers Chairman Bruce Atterton-Evans, with the Strikers visiting Palm Beach on Saturday, it was then a ‘no brainer’ for the Strikers to get involved by reciprocating.

“Brisbane Strikers have always been a club with a strong link to children’s charities through our former Chairman, Dr Clem Jones, who was a huge contributor and organiser of initiatives to benefit children”, Atterton-Evans said.

“That commitment to young people carries over in the Brisbane Strikers football club of today, which remains passionately committed to Dr Jones’ vision of providing opportunities for young Queenslanders.

“So, when we heard Palm Beach were supporting the Score for Daniel Day on the occasion for our visit, we asked if they’d mind if we did likewise.  Of course, the answer was that they were delighted”.

Brisbane Strikers were able to boost the fund when they scored four goals across the two matches on their visit to the Mallawa Complex.

For more information about the Daniel Morecombe Foundation, please visit – www.danielmorcombe.com.au

Photo: Palm Beach President Peter Williamson and Strikers Chairman Bruce Atterton-Evans join forces for “Score For Daniel Day”.

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