The Sharks thank the members and fans of both the Cronulla and Manly clubs for their generosity in donating to the Fight for Fine appeal, with $3,600 raised to support the 21-year-old Sharks forward Fine Kula who continues his battle with brain cancer.
Despite the fact the crowd numbered only 1200 for the trial match, won by the Sharks 28-16 in what was a solid hit out for the two clubs on the eve of the 2020 NRL premiership, the amount raised was significant considering the small turn out on the night.
The cost of entry to the game was a gold coin donation, with many in attendance giving over and above the requested minimum, while students from Endeavour High, Fine’s former school, conducted a bucket collection.
The funds will help Fine’s family with on-going costs associated with his treatment and will be added to money raised from the recent NRL 9’s jersey auction and the dedicated GoFundMe page.
The Sharks plan to conduct a similar bucket collection at their opening home game against the Melbourne Storm on March 21, while in partnership with the Men of League a major fundraising event is being planned for later in the season.
Fine’s father Solomon has been most appreciative of the Sharks support and surrounded by his family gave an emotional address to the playing group in the dressing room following the game.
The latest update on Fine is that while he is home, his treatment is very much on-going as he continues to fight the terrible disease.
For those members and fans unable to get to the game yesterday, donations can still be made through the dedicated GoFundMe page. CLICK HERE to donate.