Football community support grows for Baden-Clay kids
WESTERN Pride general manager Pat Boyle has been overwhelmed by the community support his football club is receiving for Saturday's Yellow Hearts Day at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
What started as a Pride initiative to help the children of the late Allison Baden-Clay has turned into a major regional event.
"It just goes to show in this region we stick together," Boyle said.
"We started off just thinking about how we could do something for these three little girls. That's our drive and desire - to assist them at this time.
"Now with all the support from the community - business wise and family wise - it potentially is going to be a massive day for these young ladies."
The community is invited to wear yellow clothing and accessories - Allison's favourite colour - to the afternoon matches and activities at the Flinders View venue.
Yellow jerseys being worn by Pride players were donated by uhlsport.
Even the match balls will be yellow.
Proceeds from a gold coin donation will be added to the trust fund set up to assist the children.
Pride has received support from the Ipswich City Council, Football Ipswich, Western Aquatics Swim Club, Ripley Valley Fire Brigade, West Moreton Anglican College, River 94.9, Hogs Breath Cafe and Magical Memorabilia.
The first match kicks off at 2.30pm involving Pride's youth men's side before a 4.30pm match featuring the Pride women.
Western Pride's NPL side tackles FNQFC in the 7pm clash.
The West Moreton Anglican College choir will sing the national anthem before the main game.
Auctions, food, the Roar and Hogster mascots and other entertainment is planned.
The evening will be capped off by a fireworks display.
"What we've tried to do is make it like a family carnival-type atmosphere," Boyle said.