Tracey Holmes to MC Annual Fundraiser

Be a part of the 40th Anniversary of the historic 1984 Grand Slam Wallabies while supporting grassroots rugby, Australian Schools Rugby.

FRIDAY 15 March 2024, 12 NOON – 4 PM

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Tracey Holmes, the multi-award winning sports broadcaster and journalist will be the master of ceremonies ‘MC’ for the Australian Schools Foundation luncheon.

As MC, Tracey will also be interviewing key members of the Grand Slam Wallabies from the podium, as well as members of the ASRU’s first-ever Australian Schoolgirls Sevens team who won the Global Youth Sevens last month and members of the Australian Schoolboys team who defeated Tonga.

In 1991, the ABC appointed Tracey as the inaugural host of a newly created national sports program, Grandstand, which ran for eight and a half hours each Saturday and six and a half hours each Sunday, year-round. Grandstand was the first truly national sports show featuring all sports, with long form interviews and live crosses to events from every corner of Australia.

Throughout her illustrious career, she has worked with ABC, Seven, Foxtel, CNN and CCTV and has been an anchor/reporter at 13 Olympic Games and four FIFA World Cups.

In 2023, Tracey received a lifetime achievement award for sports journalism from the Australian Sports Commission, and in 2022, she was awarded the IOC Women and Sports Awards for Oceania by the International Olympic Committee. Her radio podcast ‘The Ticket’ was awarded the Best Radio Programme in the world twice by the International Sports Journalist Association ‘AIPS’ and was awarded Best Coverage of the Business of Sport 2020 by Sport Australia.

Cathy Freeman, Olympic and World Champion, said of Tracey: “She has been a constant supporter of greater equality in sport – for race, colour and gender – reporting on inequality when and wherever it exists. Australian sport, especially women’s sport, is the better for her reporting.”


Australian Schools Rugby Foundation Annual Fundraising Luncheon for 2024

Members of the 1984 Grand Slam Wallabies are the very special guests for The Australian Schools Rugby Foundation fundraiser, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Grand Slam winning tour. They will be joined by members of the first ever Australian Schoolgirls Sevens team, who were winners of the Global Youth Sevens in December, and members of the Australian Schoolboys XV team who defeated Tonga in a test match in September.

All proceeds from this luncheon go directly towards supporting the work of the ASRU hosting the 2024 Australian Schools’ National Championships and funding representative tours for the Australian Schoolboys and Australian Schoolgirls.

The luncheon will be held Friday, 15 March 2024, at the magnificent Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney.

What:Annual Australian Schools Rugby Fundraising Luncheon for 2024
When:Friday 15 March 2024 (12 midday – 4pm)
WhereFour Seasons Hotel, Sydney
Special Guests:40th Anniversary of the 1984 Grand Slam Wallabies
Members of the first Australian Schoolgirls Sevens Team
Members of the Australian Schoolboys XVs Team
Bookings:Tables or individual seating
Cost:$2500 for a table or $250 for individual seats

It is expected that the luncheon will be sold out. Secure your tables early.

The Australian Schools Rugby Championships, for Schoolboys XVs and Schoolgirls Sevens, and the inbound Tongan Schoolboys tour in September this year, simply would not have been possible for the funds raised at the 2023 Annual Luncheon.” Stephen O’Donnell, ASRU Secretary.

AUCTION ITEMS

Some of the fabulous auction items that have already been donated include:

  • One week for four at the incredible 5-star Coast House, Tasmania
  • a weekend for two at Jonah’s Hotel
  • Golf at Bonville Golf Course, Coffs Harbour – Australia’s ‘Augusta’.
  • Pet Portrait Painting by Tracey Keller

Sponsorship options and raffle prizes options are available


SUPPORT GRASSROOTS RUGBY BY SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS RUGBY, WHERE EVERY CENT OF FUNDS RAISED GOES TOWARDS RUNNING THE AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS OR SUPPORTING THE AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS AND SCHOOLGIRLS TEAMS.


Questions, phone or email Anthony Edgar: Mobile: 0432 578883 email: [email protected]


THE AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS RUGBY UNION ‘ASRU’

The Australian Schools Rugby Union ‘ASRU’ is an independent incorporated not-for-profit association run by volunteer members of the teaching profession and supporters who believe rugby has a unique ethos and benefits that contribute to the broader education of young people.

The ARSU is responsible for implementing, administering, coordinating, organising and controlling all projects and activities relating to all rugby union activities in Australia at the school level.

For over 50 years, the ASRU has provided an expansive nursery to foster the opportunities and aspirations of school rugby players from a wide range of established and emerging competitions and networks. From the 1984 Grand Slam winning Wallabies team and the two World Cup winning Wallaby teams in 1991 and 1999, 27 of the players were Australian Schoolboy representatives. Since its inception in 1969 over 200 representatives of the Australian Schools Rugby Union have gone on to represent the Wallabies in the international arena. Hundreds more have been selected in state and other representative teams during this time.

THE AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS RUGBY FOUNDATION

The Australian Schools Rugby Foundation is a separate incorporated body whose aim is to support the aims of the Schools Rugby Union. The Foundation comprises of business professionals, past Australian Schoolboys and Wallabies who look to use their business networks to provide additional financial support to the ASRU. The Foundation Chairman is David Mortimer.

MEDIA: Contact:  [email protected]


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