Photos courtesy of Dunbar Rovers
The Charlie Davidson Fundraiser was held on Monday 28th September, 2015 at Hensley Field.
This roving reporter was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP area thanks to enthusiastic and perseverant organisers, where she spoke at length with Botany Council members and various other guests, until moving into the more familiar environment within the crowd. What a great crowd they were! So many familiar faces from within the ESFA community, both present and past from all our member clubs and our referees. A credit to the football family coming out in force to support one of their own.
Charlie, a familiar face around the home field of this particular reporter, has spent a lot of his life – in fact the majority of his life – involved in football. After migrating from Scotland, Charlie has been fondly welcomed by a broad football community across Sydney. The fact that the stroke that so cruelly struck him in November, 2014 paralysing the left side of his body, has not taken Charlie’s love and passion for football nor in fact his strong Scottish brogue and sense of humour, which was in fine form during his speeches, both pre and post-match, probably describes Charlie perfectly. Charlie has courageously taught himself to walk again with the assistance of a walking stick and we are sure he will one day return to work at his beloved Sydney Grammar School and once again stroll the fields of the Eastern Suburbs becoming a once again familiar face in the crowds.
The fundraiser was of an overwhelming success with over $10000.00 being raised to assist Charlie in his ongoing recovery. A credit to the immense in number, organising team and all the sponsors and supporters of the event as well as the people who attended on the night and gave so generously.
The game itself almost seemed irrelevant though highly skilful and entertaining for all. A credit to both Sydney FC and Dunbar Rovers FC to play in such wonderful spirit and result in a worthy draw and an exciting experience for our younger members of the community to see what hard work and commitment may one day lead to.
The solid community of football is alive and well in the Eastern Suburbs and this was transparent on Monday night. No egos. No club rivalry. No unhappy faces. The cause was worth it and so was the community that supported it.
Congratulations to Dunbar Rovers for their solid commitment to task and for organising such a highly entertaining spectacle for the Eastern Suburbs community to enjoy. A massive thank you also to Sydney FC for coming to the local parks.
Proof positive that passion for football extends way beyond the game.
And from all of us at ESFA, we wish Charlie the very best in his ongoing recovery and know his passion will assist him immensely.
Great job everyone! Great night had by all.