Match of the day for Maggie’s

3911005 SSFF maggies raith 'L - R: Tu Edwards (Maggies Centre), Laurie Ellis (Raith Rovers) - announcing a charity football match in aid of Maggies Centre - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
3911005 SSFF maggies raith 'L - R: Tu Edwards (Maggies Centre), Laurie Ellis (Raith Rovers) - announcing a charity football match in aid of Maggies Centre - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers have unveiled the first part of their special day in aid of Maggie’s Centre.

The club is dedicating its Division One game against Ayr United on Saturday, November 12, to help raise money for our cancer care centre’s fifth anniversary campaign, High-5 Maggie’s.

Volunteers will be staging a special collection on the day, but several more ideas to make the day special are currently under wraps.

This week, the club announced a special one-off ladies’ day event to be held in the 200 Suite before, during and after the game.

To help launch it, Raith defender Laurie Ellis turned waiter for a special photo-shoot in the centre circle of Stark’s Park!

And, appropriately, he was wearing the number five jersey to tie in with the fifth anniversary theme.

Maggie’s cocktail

The limited edition £40 per head event includes a match day ticket, two course buffet meal, wine and a specially created Maggie’s cocktail on arrival.

There will also be half-time refreshments, and live music afterwards - and Maggie’s own team of fundraisers will be in attendance.

There are just 60 places available at the Ladies’ Day - the first of its kind to be held at Stark’s Park - and individual seats and tables can be booked direct from the club on (01592) 263514 and online at www.raithroversfc.com.

Souvenir programme

The club is also working on a special souvenir edition of their match-day programme to tie in with the fundraiser.

Tu Edwards, community fundraiser, with Maggie’s Fife, welcomed the launch.

She added: ‘’We are delighted that Raith Rovers have dedicated this match to allow Maggie’s Fife to hold a collection to celebrate our fifth anniversary and by putting on a special hospitality event for ladies on the same day.

‘‘Maggie’s Fife will benefit from the raffle held at the lunch.

‘‘Maggie’s Fife supports both men and women from being diagnosed, or undergoing treatment, to post treatment, recurrence, end of life or bereavement. We also welcome family and friends, as they are often deeply affected by cancer.

‘‘Encouraging people from all walks of life to come along on this day is a great idea, and making the day appealing to women will hopefully encourage ladies to come and enjoy the excitement of the match with friends whilst lunching, as well as have the opportunity to network with other local ladies.”

The club, Maggie’s and the Fife Free Press - who led the campaign to raise the initial £100,000 to build the cancer care centre - are also working on a number of exciting elements to the Maggie’s Day match which will be announced in the coming weeks.

The initiative underlines the strong bond between Raith Rovers and Maggie’s, with the club currently sporting a pink away strip which is helping to generate funds with £2 from every replica sold going to the centre.