Forest Lions AFL club lands timely Play For Purpose windfall

Forest Lions Junior AFL Club, based in Forestville north of Sydney, has earned a $20,000 cash bonus from the Play For Purpose not-for-profit raffle for selling the most tickets for the first draw.

And the $20,000 bonus could not be more timely as the club is without a home ground until midway through the year because of Council delays in laying new artificial turf at Lionel Watts Reserve in Belrose.

The Council delay has meant Forest’s 21 male and female teams must play at other away team venues, depriving the club of much-needed income from canteen sales which are normally sold at Lionel Watts Reserve. The club is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Forest Lions President, Jonathon Hall, said the $20,000 will assist the club with playing gear and equipment with the 2019 season soon to commence.

Play For Purpose, a partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation, Sport Australia and the 50-50 Foundation, is an online not-for-profit raffle for sports clubs and charities designed to create a highly efficient platform to raise funds for their cause.

50% of every ticket sold goes directly to the supporters’ sports club or charity of choice, with $500,000 worth of prizes on offer including $250,000 for first prize.

The next Play For Purpose raffle opened on 1st March will be drawn on 1st May 2019.

There is no cost for sports club to participate and a minimum of $5 from every $10 ticket will be granted, via the Australian Sports Foundation, to clubs for charitable sporting projects.

Go to to purchase your raffle ticket and to have a chance to win while supporting your club of choice.

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