Cahill at heart of matter

SHOWING he is all heart, local soccer legend Tim Cahill – along with hundreds of others, lent his support as global ambassador for Heart of Football (HOF) at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club (CHPRSL) last Saturday.

HOF was combining forces with CHPRSL to raise awareness about heart health in sport and at the same time, bringing together some of the biggest names in Australian Football (soccer) at the inaugural National Soccer League (NSL) Reunion Dinner in the club’s auditorium.
Just under 300 football people associated with clubs and organisations from all over Australia gathered as part of the fundraiser for HOF that raised an estimated $55,000 profit.

300 wonderful people gathered on Saturday night to support Heartbeat of Football at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL. The Inaugural National Soccer League Reunion saw over 20 former Socceroos and Coaches, along with many more NSL Players gather to fundraise and meet up with teammates, opposition and supporters. The night hosted by George Donikian was this years major fundraiser for Heartbeat of Football. The stories flowed; panels of former coaches, captains and players let some tour stories out of the bag to the laughter and surprise of the audience. What a fabulous night which continued into the early hours of Sunday morning. Big thank you to all involved in putting the night together, sponsors, football clubs, coaches, players and attendees.

The night was a celebration of the old NSL with more than 150 ex-players representing 15 clubs that ran between 1977 and 2004.
HOF was set up by football identity Andy Paschalidis to promote healthy hearts in sport via player education, reduce health risks and install defibrillators at all sporting fields.
“The management and board of CHPRSL are proud of their association with HOF as part of the broader strategy of their support for grassroots sport,” said CHPRSL Community Manager Paul Kougias who also volunteers for HOF.
CHPRSL also bid successfully on the night for a one-hour coaching session run by Socceroos coach Graham Arnold for a local junior team.
Cahill said: “This is where our football was born. Clubs in the old days – even the smaller ones like Marrickville, Lakemba and Canterbury – were all about family, culture and tradition. The game needs harmony and everybody coming together to help in any way.”
The following day, Cahill made his first public appearance as the ambassador for ‘Greyhounds as Pets’ at their Adoption Day.