THE South Coast bushfire fight has united the region and its three sporting giants will follow suit with a special golf day to raise funds for fire relief efforts to be held next month.
Players from the Dragons, Wolves and Hawks will all be part of the day, the first of its kind, on Monday February 3 at Wollongong Golf Club.
It will give fans of all three the chance to mingle with players from all teams in four-person Ambrose teams with all funds directed to the NSW Rural Fire Service, Salvation Army Disaster Relief Appeal and Australian Wildlife Rescue (WIRES).
Dragons coach Paul McGregor hailed the bushfire appeal golf day as a unique and significant opportunity to raise funds for several special causes.
"The codes combined bushfire appeal golf day is one of several causes the Dragons have chosen to back in response to the horrific fires that have overwhelmed the country," McGregor said.
"The chance to see your favourite players across Illawarra's three main codes on the one day is an opportunity that cannot be missed, all in name of a very good cause."
Hawks coach Matt Flinn has made no secret of the toll the unprecedented fire season has had on his family and gave his firm backing the unique concept.
"This is an exciting event that all three sporting clubs are collaborating on," Flinn said.
"I've been personally affected, with family members caught up in the bushfires, as have many of our members and supporters within the south coast region, so this is a way in which we can help unite our community and raise funds for a terrific cause."
Wolves coach and former Socceroo Luke Wilkshire has committed to coming out of retirement to turn out for an Albion Park City Football Club XI in an upcomign charity clash with his own club.
He said he was proud to have the Wolves involved in the wider efforts of the region's marquee sporting teams.
"As far as sport in the Illawarra region goes, it is great that we can support each other and work collectively," Wilkshire said.
"To showcase a strong, positive message by bringing our different sporting identities together as one for a great cause is very important."
Entry for a four-man Ambrose team is $2000 and includes an afternoon ofgolf, cart hire, food and beverage package as well as a post-presentation.
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