The Australian Women’s Football Fund has received $60,000 in donations following the inaugural AFLW breakfast held last month.
The sold-out event was conducted by The Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation in conjunction with the AFLW and saw 500 guests attend.
Due to an overwhelming response, the original venue had to be changed in order to accommodate the demand for tickets.
The Fund raises funds to support the growth of girls and women playing football at a community level, enable clubs to provide a safe and inclusive environment and create playing opportunities for all girls and women nationally.
Privileged to be one of 500 guests at the 2019 AFLW Breakfast. I'm sitting with some awesome girls from Siena College, the Alma Mater of our host @SusanAlberti1 These girls will have six footy teams this year. #AFLW Women's footy rocks! #IWD2019 pic.twitter.com/AuXEq58jLA— Prof Rebecca Ritchie (@rebeccahritchie) March 5, 2019
Over the past 12 months, participation in Aussie Rules has grown by over 66,000.
“We anticipate further growth at a grassroots and community level across the country this year, and this Fund provides us with the opportunity to assist more players and clubs,” AFL’s Head of Women’s Football, Nicole Livingstone said.
“We are very appreciative of the personal support of Susan Alberti and her Medical Research Foundation in helping us stage the breakfast, and for her commitment to AFLW and to the Australian Women’s Football Fund.”