Cyclone Seroja: West Coast Eagles star Josh Kennedy boosts Northampton with $20,000 donation

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Josh Kennedy has made a big donation to Northampton.
Camera IconJosh Kennedy has made a big donation to Northampton. Credit: Paul Kane/via AFL Photos

West Coast star Josh Kennedy has made a meaningful return to Northampton with a $20,000 donation from the club to his cyclone-stricken home town.

Northampton was batted by Cyclone Seroja in April, with several residents still left homeless amid recent claims from locals and officials that the State Government had forgotten them in their greatest time of need.

Kennedy used the Eagles’ mid-season bye to head back to his old home today on the back of announcing the money raised through the club’s online auction had been donated to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund.

“Obviously, with Cyclone Seroja going through a lot of WA and going through towns like Kalbarri and Northampton, where I’m from, it’s quite special,” Kennedy said.

“They are pretty resilient towns ... they’ve bounced back a little, but there are a lot of people without housing and roofs, obviously, so that still needs to be done. There’s some hot meals getting cooked a lot during the week for people, so people are still getting through.”

Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the donation took the fund total to more than $7.5 million from the WA community.

“You more than anyone knows how important this money is to the people that it is going to help,” Zempilas said to Kennedy.

“The great thing about the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund is that every dollar raised by our community goes to your community to help those people who have been affected by the cyclone tragedy.

Zempilas said the appeal at appealswa.org.au would close off on June 30. Kennedy and several other players from the Northampton Rams are running a separate online auction for unique items at https://app.galabid.com/aflrams/items.

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