The Community Cup in its 13th year, is expected to equal last year’s total of $165,000 in funds raised for the mission, which needs to $2 million a year to keep providing food, shelter, health programs and a home for disadvantaged people.
Mission chief executive Michael Perusco said the meals program, which provides a hot lunch for 400 people a day, “enables us to get to know people … get an understanding of what issues they’re facing and then work in partnership with them to resolve them”.
It’s an opportunity to get back to grassroots in the AFL’s mid-season break. Entry is by gold-coin donation to a suburban oval where the kids kick the footy at quarter-time, dogs wearing team scarves give each other a sniff, and players put their livers at greater risk than their knees.
Mr Evans said combining Melbourne’s three great loves of football, live music and community radio was bound to be a winner, but took some finetuning. “It’s taken us 13 years to get to this point, and it’s awesome. I’m so proud of it.”