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Hawks and Tigers arrange fundraiser game for Tasmania jumping castle victims

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18th December, 2021
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AFL clubs Hawthorn and Richmond will contest a pre-season match in north-west Tasmania next year to help raise funds for the victims of Devonport’s Hillcrest Primary School tragedy.

Five children died after a gust of wind sent a jumping castle ten metres into the air during end-of-year celebrations at the school on Thursday.

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More than $1 million has already been raised in the community to support those mourning the tragedy.

Hawthorn, Richmond and North Melbourne – all of which have strong ties to Tasmania – will support fundraising efforts in the lead-up to the match, which will be played on March 5.

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Jarman Impey of the Hawks

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The venue and ticketing arrangements are yet to be confirmed.

“A fundraiser and a game of football cannot change what has happened, but it is one way for our game to wrap our arms around the north-west community of Tasmania and show our support,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.

Tasmania premier Peter Gutwein is behind the AFL fundraising effort.

“Footy is a game that brings communities together and I commend the clubs and the AFL for this initiative, which will greatly assist with the community recovery process from this heartbreaking tragedy,” Gutwein said.

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The AFL will confirm the rest of its 2022 pre-season fixture on Monday.

The season proper begins on March 16, when premiers Melbourne take on the Western Bulldogs at the MCG.

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