Ready for kick off – Footy Fever Debate 2021

Football legends switched the field for the stage last Friday, battling it out in a heated debate which raised more than $147,000 for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families across Victoria.  

Hosted by Channel 7’s Jacqui Felgate at Crown in Southbank, the Very Special Kids Footy Fever Debate tackled the topic ‘midfielders are the most important players in footy’. 

On the affirmative side was Carlton AFLW Head Coach Daniel Harford and Collingwood legend Tony Shaw. The pair faced-off against former Carlton and Brisbane Lions full-forward Brendan Fevola and one of Melbourne’s greatest goalkickers and high-flyer, Russell Robertson. 

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After months of lockdown, the Footy Fever Debate marked Very Special Kids first live charity event since May. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of live music, delicious food, and a fast-paced auction before the debate kicked off.  

Both teams presented a solid argument, however there could only be one winner with Russell and Brendan proving that midfielders are not the most important players in footy! 

The Footy Fever Debate is the signature event of the Very Special Kids Piggy Bank Appeal. All proceeds of the event, help to provide specialist children’s palliative care to improve the quality of life for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families through every stage of their most difficult journey.  

Thank you to our special guests Jo and Rick Rawson, parents supported by Very Special Kids, for speaking about their beautiful daughter Everley and the journey they have faced since her birth. 

Special thanks to our presenting partners Lowe Living and 3AW and our supporting sponsors Crown, Lion, CM Liquor and Helping Hand Group. Without your support, the Footy Fever Debate wouldn’t have been possible. We would also like to acknowledge our Piggy Bank Appeal partners – ALH Group, Commonwealth Bank, 3AW and Toyota.  

We would also like to extend a thank you to football legend, Russell Robertson and musician Aaron Schembri for providing their incredible musical talents for the afternoon. Images of the event were captured by the talented Gavin Blue. Click here to see some highlights from the afternoon.