Community diary: November 2009

Less than a year after the Black Saturday bushfires, Melbourne Victory brought some joy to Kinglake West Primary School, treating the students to a clinic with Melbourne Victory players Matthew Foschini, Adrian Leijer and Steven Pace and Melbourne Victory Women players Tal Karp, Gulcan Koca, Selin Kuralay, Katie Thorlakson and Julianne Sitch.

Less than a year after the Black Saturday bushfires, Melbourne Victory brought some joy to Kinglake West Primary School, treating the students to a clinic with Melbourne Victory players Matthew Foschini, Adrian Leijer and Steven Pace and Melbourne Victory Women players Tal Karp, Gulcan Koca, Selin Kuralay, Katie Thorlakson and Julianne Sitch.

The clinic was a rousing success, with each student also receiving a Melbourne Victory merchandise pack.

Melbourne Victory The Smith Family Ambassador Matthew Kemp and Melbourne Victory youngsters Nathan Elasi and Mate Dugandzic were joined by Learning for Life students in officially launching The Smith Family Christmas Appeal on a wet and wild day at Olympic Park Stadium.

Kemp and Dugandzic also attended the Atherton Gardens Homework Support Program in Fitzroy, assisting students with their English and Math homework.

"As a Melbourne Victory player it is great to be able to give back to the community, even though it is in such a small way. The Smith Family and its volunteers should be commended for their crucial work in supporting the education of young Australians," Kemp said.

Melbourne Victory midfielder Grant Brebner showed his support for Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation by signing up as an organ and tissue donor.

Grant joined Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation CEO Allan Turner and construction workers wearing Zaidee's Rainbow Hair Nets at the new Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in support of Zaidee's Rainbow Hair Net Day.

Zaidee's Rainbow Hairnet Day is a major part of its campaign to raise awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation.

The Age Super Clinic was held at Etihad Stadium for 200 lucky juniors, who were joined by Melbourne Victory players Leigh Broxham, Billy Celeski, Nathan Elasi, Matthew Foschini, Robbie Kruse, Adrian Leijer, Ney Fabiano and Rodrigo Vargas for a skills session on the pitch.

Melbourne Victory Coach Ernie Merrick and Captain Kevin Muscat, as well as Central Coast Mariners Coach Lawrie McKinna and Captain Alex Wilkinson were special guests at the Epworth ABI Cup breakfast.

The event was a fundraiser to assist with the purchase of critical technology and equipment for the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) unit at Epworth HealthCare ahead of Melbourne Victory's Round 14 match against Central Coast at Etihad Stadium.

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