Round 6 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season will be devoted to remembering and acknowledging the noble sacrifices made by service men and women past and present during times of war, in a joint initiative between Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
‘Remembrance Round’ will be observed at all five Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 6 fixtures as well as two Westfield W-League 2016/17 Round 2 matches which are being played as double headers in Canberra and Sydney.
The Central Coast Mariners host Wellington Phoenix this Saturday evening at GIO Stadium in Canberra, the nation's capital. Kick-off in the Hyundai A-League clash is scheduled for 5:35pm, with the preceeding Westfield W-League match between Canberra United and Melbourne City kicking off at 3:00pm.
All five venues hosting matches for Remembrance Round will hold a full ADF military order of service, donation collection points for the Poppy Appeal, while the Poppy Appeal Logo will appear on the front of the clubs’ playing shirts.
The Poppy Appeal raises funds for current and former serving members of the Australian and Allied defence forces and their dependents when in need.
The ‘Remembrance Round’ initiative will aim to help promote the observance of Remembrance Day nationally, raise funds for the RSL and provide benefits to ADF personnel and utilise the Hyundai A-League as a vehicle to effect meaningful social change by bringing a focus on to the significance of Remembrance Day.
“The RSL encourages all Australians to purchase a poppy and ‘Remember in November’, and all of the clubs will be doing the same across Remembrance Round,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.
“The freedom and lifestyle we all have and get to enjoy in Australia is owed a lot to the sacrifices people made and continue to make to serve and protect our country, and through having a Remembrance Round it brings this recognition and appreciation to the fore.”
“We encourage everyone to support the Poppy Appeal and take time to reflect and pay their respects when attending matches during Remembrance Round,” concluded Gallop.
For more information on Remembrance Day and the Poppy Appeal, visit poppyappeal.com.au.