BIG HEARTS: Jim Richards accepts $800   on behalf of Heart of Australia from Tania Griinke and Raelee Morris, from the St George Saints.
BIG HEARTS: Jim Richards accepts $800 on behalf of Heart of Australia from Tania Griinke and Raelee Morris, from the St George Saints. Contributed

Saintly hearts help keep town pumping

AS WITH many small town football clubs, there's nothing more important than giving back to the community, especially when it means keeping vital services around.

When the Heart of Australia van called in to St George on Monday, the Saints rugby league club took the opportunity to show its support with a cheque for $800.

Club secretary Majella Morris said the money was raised during a combined Lions club/rugby league golf day in October.

"Every year we have this combined charity day, and we share with the Lions club whatever proceeds are made from it,” she said.

"We normally make a donation to a local group and, while we're a bit late to do it, it's better late than never.

"Heart of Australia was suggested because so many local people received treatment through them.

"We try to make our donations to local organisations which help local people.

"There's a lot of people in town who benefit from it, it saves travelling to receive treatment.”

Ms Morris said more than anything, the club felt it was important to give back to the community.

"We have donated to RFDS in the past as well... these services not only help our players and family, but everyone.

"Unfortunately, being a football club, we have to access them every so often and we need them available to us,” she said.


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