Yellow Socks Softball Challenge – Our Best Day yet!

The Play for a cure Yellow Socks Charity Softball Challenge for 2015 has been played!  Some new players, new rules & new spectators made for the best day yet!

It will take a while to collate the final figures so in the meantime, we would like to thank the following because without you, the day would not have been the great day it was!  It is quite a long post, because there are so many folks to thank!

We received some donations to the charity before the event had even started and it was an absolute thrill to receive a cheque for $2000 from Steve Renouf on behalf of the Bernborough Club Inc.   Thank you Clem and the Bernborough Club and your incredibly thoughtful donation.

The Australian Defence Force Softball Association played their annual tournament all week at Brisbane Softball and held nightly Kangaroo Courts. As a consequence they, with the Royal New Zealand Air Force contingent, raised over $1000 and donated it to us on the diamond, before the big game!  And then Redsox Softball Club, they pulled together and club President Carol Vellnagel, presented us with a $500 cheque.  WOW, so generous and incredibly thoughtful and kind people – thank you so much!

Thank you to Gorden Tallis and P4AC board member Graham McColm for pulling together such a stellar Broncos team and to our Prezo Brooke for bringing together a legendary softball team!  Special mention to Gordy, who in the last 2 weeks representing as our ambassador, and Broncos young gun, Anthony Milford for both attending our inaugural sportman’s dinner and then backing it up for this game.

Thank you to the players from both teams for coming together on the day and putting together a fantastic spectacle.  Highlight of the day was Aussie Spirit softball captain, Stacey Porter,  putting 2 over the fence and not even Sam Thaiday sitting on the fence could stop them!  Comedian of the day? Easy – Sam Thaiday – one very funny man!  We think you should pop down to his Newstead café – Drinc – you just might get a chance to find out how funny and genuine he truly his!

The Brisbane BroncosP4AC Softball Legends
Kevin WaltersStacey Porter
Gorden TallisMelanie Roche
Darren LockyerHaylea Petrie
Steven RenoufKelly McKellar-Nathan
Kerrod WaltersGeorgia Blair
Sam ThaidayJanice Blackman
Anthony MilfordDorinda Stone
Jason NathanBecky McDonnell
Tracy BaileyKeri McCracken
Selwyn TurnerNorelle Thomas
Coach - Fabian BarlowCoach - Chelsea Forkin
Pre game photo shoot of some absolute sporting legends!
Pre game photo shoot, of some absolute sporting legends!

We had great media coverage this year, probably our best yet!  Thank you Brisbane Broncos (website and their facebook), Jason and Kath from Major League Marketing, Bernie Pramberg and his ‘For the love of the game’ article and the Courier Mail and Quest Newspapers – we were thrilled with the coverage!

To those that helped by donating their services, thank you – the generosity is what makes these events special!  We encourage our supporters to support those that support us – Princess Charlotte Seafoods, Leading Edge Sports, XXXX, Coca-Cola,  Major League Marketing, Melanie Roche & Graham McColm.

Thank you to my favourite softball association, Brisbane softball association for hosting the event and to Wally and the board for all your help.

No event could go ahead without the help of volunteers, and getting them isn’t always easy, but when you ask the right people they never hesitate to say yes,  so thank you Geoff and Janelle Schulz, Kay Bryden, Christine Jacka, the Qld U19 softball team and the wonderful Corrie Knight!

Scott and Bonita – you do such a great job catering for the event and helping us set up various areas and you never complain even when working such long hours to help make it a success – you’re truly amazing.  Thank you!  Thank you to Bizzare Framing for helping with the framing of our raffle prizes – they looked fantastic and the winners were suitably impressed!  Thank you Horney for coming early and calling the ADF games and making the games that much more fun to watch.  You really make a big difference.  To Joycey and Steph, thank you for your spot interviews on the diamond.  I think perhaps  you guys have the most fun of all!

Congratulations to Selwyn and Norelle for bidding and wining a spot on the teams – we know you had a good time and we suspect you will be back again next year 🙂

To Rose of KR Sports Photos we always love your photos as they always capture the mood of the day!  Thank you!  See below for the photos from the day.

And to the spectators who donated a gold coin for entry and bought raffle tickets – we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!  Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you again next year!

The raffle winners are listed here:

Broncos Captains Framed JerseyDeidre Suvman
2008 signed Olympic softball jersey - framedBern Dwyer
Framed Yellow socks signed by Darren Lockyer and Stacey PorterPauline Millar
Leading Edged Softball Gear bagLeanne Ruska
Softball bat signed by Stacey PorterEsmay Findlay
Travel LuggageTrish McColm

We have one final BIG fundraiser still going to finish the year (the year we cracked the $100000 raised).  Our first ever car raffle, and we ask that you sacrifice one last coffee this year to purchase your ticket by clicking here.  The car will be drawn on the 20th December  – just before Christmas and you could possibly be the most popular person in the world if you win this car and gift it 🙂

And to switch into personal mode, from me to my board – Anne, Cheryl-Lea, Kim, Graham and Brooke – thank you – thank you for everything you do!

And for the record, the P4AC Legends got up and beat the Broncos 17-12!  Go girls!!!

Post note (9/12/15) – thank you to Wilston Grange Softball Club for their donation.


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