Rise for Alex round raises over $1 million

July 21, 2014

Alex McKinnon was full of emotion as he made his much publicised return to Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium.
 
The huge crowd of supporters turned out as the Newcastle Knights, proudly sponsored by the NSW Minerals Council, took on Gold Coast Titans for the main game of the Rise for Alex round.
 
"I didn't really know how I was going to handle it, to tell you the truth," McKinnon said at halftime.
 
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Pictured: Smiling McKinnon at Hunter Stadium. (Source: SMH)
 
"It was pretty full-on. I was trying to hold everything back, but at the end of the day I suppose my true self came out and there were a few tears but you can't help that can you.”
 
NRL Chief Executive, Dave Smith spoke out in support of McKinnon.
 
"I am proud to be associated with rugby league. What we have seen is mateship and an extraordinary young man. We are all here for Alex,” he said.
 
Unfortunately, the Knights were defeated 22-8, but the overwhelming support from the crowd was all too clear, and the NRL will be donating $1 for each fan through the turnstiles in round 19, concluding with the St George Illawarra Dragons taking on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Jubilee Oval.
 
“It’s not the result we wanted, but it’s a great day for Alex and for everyone to come out and to support Alex. It was a great crowd and to run out and see all that red and blue, it was awesome," Dave Fa'alogo said today after the RiseForAlex Game.
 
It’s estimated that the Rise for Alex campaign has raised over $1 million for Alex’s ongoing recovery costs, including a bucket appeal and the sale of wristbands at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, which raised $30,000 alone.
 
There is still time to get involved and to donate to this very worthy cause. Find out how you can help Alex McKinnon on the NRL’s website. 

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