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If you wish to contribute to this cause further, please contact SCC Red Cross Liaison Nick Francis at [email protected] (Photo: Singapore Cricket Club)


On Friday 11 March,
Japan’s cataclysmic earthquake set off a chain reaction felt around the world.  Immediately after this tragedy struck, leaders between the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) Rugby Section and Singapore Japanese Rugby Football Club (SJRFC) met to formulate a fund-raising campaign. 

 

Come Saturday 9 April, these two clubs will take the field in a Charity Rugby Match held at the SCC Padang, kicking off at 5:00 pm in front of an estimated crowd of 1,000.  Opening remarks will be delivered by Japanese Ambassador to Singapore, Mr. Yoichi Suzuki. Food and Refreshments will be available all afternoon, and access is free to the public. 

 

The SCC and SJRFC are recreational clubs with a globally diverse player membership of working professionals and students.  Both clubs have a rich tradition of playing year round rugby in Singapore and in tournaments held throughout Southeast Asia.  

 

“This match is a testament to the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese people,” said SCC Organising Lead Jake Stein. “Rugby is one of the strongest communities on the planet and hopefully this will be proven again and we can raise a tremendous amount of support for the Japanese Relief Efforts.”

 

Members from both clubs utilised two fund-raising methods: Individual and Corporate donations. To date, more than S$35,000 has been donated directly to the Singapore Red Cross Society in support of the Japan Disaster 2011 fund. 

 

These donations have been collected from the wider private sector organizations and individuals from all spectrums of the community, and were performed over a three week period, spearheaded by volunteers from both rugby clubs.