Victory and Heart unite for Red Cross Flood Relief

Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart will use Saturday night’s blockbuster at Etihad Stadium as an opportunity to raise much needed funds for victims of the state’s recent floods.

Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart will use Saturday night-s blockbuster at Etihad Stadium as an opportunity to raise much needed funds for victims of the state-s recent floods.

Terrible flooding across western Victoria has affected 62 towns, including hard-hit Horsham, Beaufort, Charlton, Echuca, Warracknabeal and Rochester, with about 1730 properties now affected.

Collection tins will be located at Gates 3, 5 and 7 at Saturday night-s third Melbourne Derby, while volunteers will roam the Etihad Stadium concourse taking donations. You can also call the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal direct on 1800 811 700 or visit www.redcross.org.au

Melbourne Victory Managing Director, Richard Wilson encouraged all members and fans to donate what they can. “Sport is so often the lifeblood of country towns, so if we can help in any way we-re more than happy to do so, and on behalf of the club, I urge everyone attending on Saturday night to give generously for a very worthy cause.“

“With a big crowd expected at Etihad Stadium, we-re hoping to raise significant funds for the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal.“ Mr Wilson added.

Australian Red Cross, in partnership with the Victorian Government, has launched the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal 2011 and all funds raised will be used to support individuals, families and communities in areas affected by recent events.

Premier Ted Baillieu said the whole community needs to rally together in support of those in need. “These are the worst floods ever to hit northern and north-western Victoria, they have caused widespread devastation to local communities and massive long term assistance will be required to help these communities recover and rebound.”

"I encourage Victorians to make any contribution they can by contacting the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal on 1800 811 700 or visit www.redcross.org.au." Mr Baillieu said.

Over 800 Australian Red Cross volunteers and staff are offering support to the affected communities.