The NSW Blues are helping out a Singleton family who lost everything.
Last month Kara Atkins and her 8-year-old daughter Bayley were the only survivors of a tragic house fire that claimed the lives of her 12-year-old son Blake and 6-year-old twin daughters Matylda and Scarlett.
A GoFundMe page was established to help the family rebuild their lives and has so far raised in excess of $240,000.
Blues Captain Boyd Cordner was so moved by the story he gathered his team together to help out in any way they could.
The team will donate their Game Three jerseys to be auctioned off at Auctions by Official Memorabilia with all proceeds to be passed on to the GoFundMe page. Each player will sign their individual jersey.
“Every NSW player was deeply affected by what happened to the Atkins family and wanted to do whatever they could to help them,” Boyd Cordner said.
“It’s always special for players to pull on the sky blue jersey and I hope the team’s decision to donate them for auction can only have a positive impact."
“I encourage all NSW fans to get involved, as they have a unique opportunity to own a NSW jumper and help someone in the process, or to even make a simple donation to what is a truly worthwhile cause.”
NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler said: “One thing I have always admired about the players is how they put others before themselves and this certainly falls into that category.
“What happened to the Atkins family is tragic and I urge all NSW fans to throw their arms around them and help out in what is an extremely difficult time."
If you wish to bid for a Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues player’s jersey from Game Three of the 2019 Holden State of Origin series you can do so at:
You can also donate to the Atkins family at:
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