West Coast Eagles fans urged to Carry a Coin

The West Coast Eagles are urging members and fans to Carry a Coin to the Round 21 clash against Adelaide this Sunday, to donate to the state’s largest hunger relief charity Foodbank WA.

The club’s second annual Carry a Coin drive is aiming to raise 25,000 meals in recognition of Foodbank WA’s 25th year of fighting hunger and helping provide more food for people seeking food assistance.

West Coast Eagles Premier Partner AGL, has kick-started the giving by announcing it will match donations on game day.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the support of West Coast Eagles and AGL in our 25th year. Not only does it allow us to shine a spotlight on the growing issue of hunger, the money raised will help us to better meet the need for hunger relief throughout the state,” said Greg Hebble, CEO Foodbank WA.

“AGL continues to be a generous supporter of Foodbank WA with its decision to match donations dollar for dollar.”

AGL WA State Manger Jackie Shervington said AGL was proud to extend its support of Foodbank WA in recognition of the important role it plays in fighting hunger in Western Australia,

“We already donate meals to Foodbank WA through the AGL Metres for Meals campaign, which is held in conjunction with the West Coast Eagles, and had no hesitation in getting involved with the new Carry a Coin initiative,” Ms Shervington said.”

Last year Foodbank WA provided more than 6.1 million meals to people in need through its network of over 900 charities and schools. While 86% was rescued and donated by the food and grocery industry and the general public, they also need to purchase food to meet the growing need.

“Carry a Coin provides an easy way for members and fans to provide a meal for the hungry. While every dollar generally provides two meals, thanks to AGL matching donations, this year every dollar will provide four meals, which is absolutely fantastic,” said Mr Hebble.

Foodbank WA has been partnering with the West Coast Eagles since 2013 and with AGL since 2018 with the successful launch of their AGL Metres for Meals campaign, which sees AGL donate meals to Foodbank WA for every kilometre Andrew Gaff runs in a home game.

Anyone attending the match is encouraged to provide a gold coin donation on the day.