The popular Barbarians versus Classic Wallabies rugby union match held in Lismore on 24 October has raised more than $35,000 for the Lismore Flood Appeal and local rugby union clubs.
Lismore City Rugby Club and SCU Rugby Club will share in $10,000 raised through canteen and barbecue sales, while $25,985 will be donated to the Lismore Flood Appeal.
Lismore City Rugby Club President Corey Grey said the funds would help the club rebuild after it sustained significant damage in the March flood.
‘Proceeds from the match will go a long way towards repairing critical infrastructure damaged earlier this year,’ he said.
‘The funds will be used to repair items in the club’s canteen and other ground-related infrastructure and facilities.’
Lismore City Council’s Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said the international rugby union clash was a hit with the public, the teams, local clubs and school groups.
‘It was a terrific match enjoyed by the community and visitors with the added benefit of raising much-needed funds for the Lismore Flood Appeal,’ Mitch said.
‘We thank the NSW Government through Destination NSW for providing the event to Lismore. We would also like to thank both teams, and particularly the Classic Wallabies, for assisting significantly with our grassroots rugby programs, including hosting a rugby clinic in the lead-up to the match.’