Good cause: Former Canterbury NRL player Peter Tunks and Parramatta Eels’ Brett Kenny with Maclean sports fan Gillian Lancaster at the weekend’s sports memorabilia display and auction at the Argyle Hotel. Funds raised from the event will go to the Maclean Sports Centre.
Good cause: Former Canterbury NRL player Peter Tunks and Parramatta Eels’ Brett Kenny with Maclean sports fan Gillian Lancaster at the weekend’s sports memorabilia display and auction at the Argyle Hotel. Funds raised from the event will go to the Maclean Sports Centre. Debrah Novak

Legends in Maclean to raise cash

LEAGUE legends made their way to Maclean on Saturday armed with memorabilia to promote themselves, their code and sport in general.

Their appearance also came with a community-minded aim: raising much-needed funds for the Maclean Sports Centre.

The fundraiser took place at the Argyle Hotel in Maclean and the hotel's owner, Warren Campbell, organised the event which went off without a hitch.

“It was a great day. It gave some young people the opportunity to meet these legends in the flesh and think ‘maybe it is possible to do what they did',” Mr Campbell said.

Peter Tunks, who played for South Sydney and Canterbury, was one visitor.

“The ex-league players who came up for the day were all great guys and got out in the crowd to say hello to everyone,” Mr Campbell said.

“It was great to see. These ex-footballers have tried to get back to the grassroots of late and I think the community really appreciates it.”

Over the coming months, Mr Campbell hopes to hold another event similar to the one that took place over the weekend.

“We want to raise between $100,000 and $110,000 for the sports centre. Hopefully we can entice a few more players to Maclean for future events,” he said.

The weekend's fundraising tally was not yet known yesterday; however, Mr Campbell said he was pleased with the results from the league memorabilia auction.


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