Albany digs deep for Proudie


The generosity of the Albany community shone bright at a fundraiser for former North Albany footballer Warrick Proudlove on Saturday.

Picture by Laurie Benson: Greg Lloyd and Andrew McGovern with Warrick Proudlove’s playing jumpers that went up for auction.

Locals dug deep into their pockets to raise more than $24,000 towards his recovery.

More than 200 people flocked to Centennial Hall for the Proudies Foundation Foxtel Cup Grand Final function to raise money for Warrick, 19, who has been in an induced coma at Royal Perth Hospital since a freak road accident near Mt Barker on July 15.

Proudies Foundation founder Andrew McGovern said the fundraiser was a great success.

“We expected more people to come along but I think it was the quality of people that turned up who made it a really good day and a really positive day for Warrick and his family,” he said.

“The auction alone raised about $14,000, then we raised a further $10,000 through door ticket sales, the bar and food, which was awesome.

“We are just really thankful for all those people who turned up, and even more thankful for all those people who donated goods and services for the day.”

Mr McGovern said the sum was set to increase further, with the foundation yet to count the final tally from the Proudies Foundation collection tins and proceeds of a Facebook donation page.

He said the AFL and Claremont Football Club each contributed $5000 towards the foundation, with an upcoming Studio 146 fundraiser and RadioWest auction also in the pipeline.

The fundraiser included a live screening of the 2011 Foxtel Cup Grand Final featuring Warrick’s club Claremont pitted against Victorian Football League VFL team Williamstown, with Claremont coach Simon McPhee getting a plug in for the foundation fundraiser in a pre-game interview.

Warrick’s uncle and aunt Trevor and Linlee Proudlove attended the event and said they were overwhelmed by the generosity.

Trevor said his nephew had shown signs of improvement over the weekend and may be taken off life support this week.

Mr McGovern said all money raised would go towards helping Warrick’s rehabilitation.

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