Panthers to use Raiders clash to help kids in hospital

Show of support: Nepean Family Room Co-ordinator Meagan Preston (centre) with Panthers players Bryce Cartwright, Peter Wallace, Jeremy Latimore and David Simmons, who are modelling the heritage jersey for their round 20 clash.
Show of support: Nepean Family Room Co-ordinator Meagan Preston (centre) with Panthers players Bryce Cartwright, Peter Wallace, Jeremy Latimore and David Simmons, who are modelling the heritage jersey for their round 20 clash.

The Penrith Panthers have made a big announcement ahead of their round 20 clash with the Canberra Raiders at Pepper Stadium.

They will use the game on July 26 to raise funds to support seriously ill children and their families.

The club originally looked into the possibility of taking the fixture to Christchurch in New Zealand but those plans have been shelved in favour of giving Panthers members and fans another opportunity to support their team on home turf.

With the match back at Penrith, the club has announced a match-day initiative to raise $100,000 for the Ronald McDonald Nepean Family Room at Nepean Hospital.

This room provides a welcoming home away from home for families of seriously ill children who are being treated at the hospital.

The Panthers will contribute $10 from every adult ticket and $5 from every junior ticket towards the $100,000 fundraising target.

The club will also donate $10 from every Panthers jersey sold at Pepper Stadium on the night, with the players set to take to the field against the Raiders wearing the new-release Penrith heritage jersey.

SPORT: Canberra Raiders v Penrith Panthers at Canberra Stadium, Bruce.  Penrith player Sika Manu is tackled by Raiders player Terry Campese.   18th May 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

SPORT: Canberra Raiders v Penrith Panthers at Canberra Stadium, Bruce. Penrith player Sika Manu is tackled by Raiders player Terry Campese. 18th May 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Fundraising is off to a promising start, with sponsors Pepper Group, Hertz and Oak all agreeing to donate $10,000.

All Panthers members will be emailed individualised passwords for a members-only pre-sale period starting at 9am on Wednesday, July 8, giving them a chance to enjoy the game from their favourite seats.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 16, when the members' pre-sale period has ended.

Before they set their sights on the Raiders, the Panthers face a tough road trip for round 19 on Friday night.

The Panthers will play the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park at 7.35pm.

The Storm are in very un-Melbourne-like form and they will be looking to avoid a fifth straight loss on Friday, while the Panthers were stunningly brought back down to earth after a three-game winning streak with a 24-4 loss to the Sydney Roosters.

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