104.1 CHYFM Selected as Cronulla Sutherland Sharks "from The Heart" Giving Partner for 2023

March 2023

“The Cronulla Sharks appreciate there are countless charities and not-for-profit organisations in need of support, however, our panel of NRL and Women’s players, Great Whites, Board and community members have selected four extremely worthy Giving Partners for the 2023 season, with each to receive a high-quality experience,” Sharks Have Heart Community Engagement Lead, Rachal Allan explained.  

A panel comprising Sharks skipper Wade Graham, Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership team member Andie Robinson, Madeline Tynan from the Sharks Board of Directors, former player (Great White #404) Mitch Brown and local Elder Aunty Deanna Schreiber selected four worthy partners from the countless applications received. 

 “I was absolutely thrilled when I received the call to say that 104.1 CHY FM had been selected.  Since speaking with Jess(Maccartney, Head of Community & Government Relations)and Rachal (Allen, Community Engagement Lead) at the Club, we have some exciting opportunities for community engagement, volunteer participation and, most importantly, fundraising.  Funds raised with the assistance and support of the Cronulla Sharks will significantly assist with the station’s objectives, operations and youth training going forward, “ says Station Manager Angie Vaughan.

Angie first received notification that the radio station had been selected in early February, but the announcement was embargoed until the Sharks publicised it later in the month.  “But I had to tell someone,” said Angie.  So, I rang our station Patron, Matt DeGroot, as I knew he lived in Cronulla and could be trusted with the utmost confidentiality.”

 Upon Angie giving him the news, Matt replied, “You know I’m the ground announcer at all the Sharks home games!”  Matt got his start in radio at 104.1 CHY FM while in high school and is now part of the Fitzy and Wippa Breakfast Team on 98.9 NOVA in Sydney, and 104.1 CHY FM still holds a special place in his heart.

 “Neither the Club nor the judging panel had any idea of Matt’s association with the station until I spoke with them at the announcement in Sydney.  Serendipity at its finest,” says Angie.

  “Sharks Have Heart, and the entire Sharks team are proud to elevate the causes of our Giving Partners and to be their champions through our work as ‘The ’”.  Our From the Heart partners will have opportunities to raise awareness and funds for their organisations, including Game Day 50-50 raffles, a 2023 signed jersey and match tickets, access to our pool of volunteers and utilising the Sharks brand and social media to raise awareness to their cause,” says Cronulla Sharks Media Manager Rob Willis.  

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