Manu Samoa hold successful fundraiser deep in opposition territory
As the Manu Samoa team take the first step on their journey towards this month's World Cup, they found support in an unlikely place on Wednesday.
The Manu will clash with the Wallabies at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney this coming Saturday in a prelude to their Japan campaign.
But deep in opposition territory, in the Western Sydney suburb of Granville, a fundraiser was held to help the team's World Cup expedition.
The dinner was organised by the Manu Samoa Friends and Supporters Sydney Australia
Held at “The Grand Royale” hotel, the dinner’s was filled with big rugby names from past and present and live entertainment including a featured appearance from Samoa’s very own Punialava’a Band.
Despite featuring Wallabies legends, the event was heavy on support not just for the Manu but Samoan culture too. Guests were astonished to see former Wallabies greats Rod Kafer and George Gregan display their Samoan dancing skills.
With tickets coming at a price of AUD$150 per head or AUD$1500 for a table of 10 people, guests were also treated to a Question and Answer session about the forthcoming World Cup.
Former Wallabies legends Rod Kafer, Steve Jackson, George Gregan, and the Manu Samoa Captain, Motu Matu’u shared their thoughts.
Attendees praised the event as an outstanding success, not just for the unlimited supply of beverages. All tickets were sold meaning a sizeable contribution to the team's coffers was presented.
The NSW Samoa Rugby Union hailed the event as “a great night it was over at the Manu Samoa fundraiser dinner.”
Among those attending included the mention of Tavita Sio, Vili Alaalatoa along with the assistance of their families and friends as well.