THE Hotel Cecil Casino Bulls have landed a rugby coup by signing ex-Bulls player and former NRL player Ben Kennedy to play for the Casino Rugby Union Club in round 18 of the Far North Coast Rugby Union competition.
Kennedy will make a one-game cameo in a competition game against the Wollongbar Alstonville Pioneers, followed by a special guest appearance at a fundraising dinner at the Hotel Cecil. The clash will be a major fundraising event for Cancer Council NSW and takes place on Saturday, August 11, at Albert Park, Casino.
The day will also correspond with the club's sponsors day and 40th anniversary celebrations.
Kennedy is best known for his two stints with the Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles after beginning his rugby league career with the Canberra Raiders in 1996. He won a premiership with the Knights in 2001 and represented Australia on 16 occasions. He was also part of four successful State of Origin series between 1999-2005.
The fundraising event is the brainchild of senior Bulls' player Brock Armstrong, who approached the club committee with the idea.
"We all have been touched by cancer in some way and I thought the rugby players would really get behind the idea," Brock said.
The Bulls' rugby family was recently affected by the recent loss of Eve Quirk, who is the wife of long-time Bulls' player Nathan Quirk.
On hearing of the fundraiser, Kennedy expressed immediate interest in supporting the event.
"I am 100% in this, it is a great idea," he said.
Jersey manufacturer Kooga will supply special pink-coloured jerseys and yellow socks for the charity game, which has been supported by local businesses.
Games will commence at 12.30pm with spectators and supporters asked to donate a gold coin on admission to the ground. Three senior grade games will be played on the day, plus an exhibition game from a junior team.
Following the rugby, the fundraising dinner will be held at Sophie's Restaurant at the Hotel Cecil, Casino, commencing at 7pm. The commemorative jerseys will be auctioned off during the night, with Kennedy's jersey expected to secure a large amount of interest. Kennedy has also made himself available on the night to answer questions from the crowd.
Tickets are available at the Hotel Cecil at a cost of $25 per person for a three-course meal.
For further information contact Darren Winkler on 0407 152 354.
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