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Jim Stynes was a hero in the truest sense of the word. His personal achievements were many and he left an indelible imprint on the Melbourne Football Club that will last forever. He was and always will be a Demon hero. Perhaps his proudest achievement came in 2008, when he stood in front of a group of Melbourne supporters and called upon them to ‘save the club’ on a night we affectionately labeled the ‘Debt Demolition.’ 5 million dollars was to be raised to wipe club debt and begin the movement towards success and the formation of the Foundation Heroes.

Since that night the Foundation Heroes have gone on to be the most successful supporter group in the AFL. A group of passionate Melbourne supporters, spurred on by Jim Stynes to continually stand by the club they love. Effectively, the Foundation Heroes are laying a foundation for our players and coaches to claim the ultimate success the club is striving for.

How to become a Foundation Hero

To become one of this elite group, we ask for a minimum $5000 donation, and welcome any additional donations as you see fit. Some members have achieved silver, gold or platinum status in our Foundation Legends initiative. Once a combined donation amount is reached, donors are elevated into Foundation Legends, who are entitled to an additional range of exclusive opportunities and recognition.

Donations are fully tax deductible when paid to the Australian Sports Foundation via the Red and Blue Foundation.

Foundation Hero benefits:

  • An invitation to an exclusive annual event
  • AAMI Park training facility tours
  • Match Day tours (MCG Games)
  • Priority access to the Clubs Work Experience program for family members (students aged 15-18)
  • Priority to junior Guard of Honour on match day
  • Regular newsletter correspondence
  • A wide range of exclusive recognition, including: honour board, yearbook and website listing, as well as an individually numbered Foundation Heroes certificate and lapel pin

Foundation Legend benefits:

As above, plus:

  • A range of additional exclusive opportunities
  • Acknowledgement at club events
  • Stewardship by club leaders
  • Recognition – Honour board, club website and yearbook listing, lapel pin


Where donations are directed


Melbourne Football Club Development Fund

The Red and Club Foundation has registered the Melbourne Football Club Development Fund with the Australian Sports Foundation. It encapsulates four key areas that individuals can contribute to in order to help the club achieve its strategic objectives:

  • High performance (football)
  • Community and grassroots programs
  • Women’s programs (including women’s AFL games)
  • History and heritage

Donations are fully tax deductible and each donation will play a vital role in ensuring the development of these critical areas. Donors can select a specific project to donate to or alternatively, donations can be made to the overarching fundraising program, the Melbourne Football Club Development Fund.

By contributing to the Red and Blue Foundation, you are helping the Melbourne Football Cub achieve its objectives and in doing so field and develop a strong, competitive team and provide meaningful football and community programs. In addition to providing tax deductibility, all Melbourne Football Club disbursement is fully endorsed by both the ASF and the Red & Blue Foundation, providing assurance for the donor.

In the modern era, the costs involved with the development of critical areas of the club, and requirements to gain the edge in a highly competitive industry, have grown significantly.  The club’s purpose is to win games of football and to provide positive and enjoyable experiences for our members, supporters, players, staff, customers and volunteers. Our vision is quite simply to be respected and great. Football department expenditure is forecast to grow in coming years, so the support of donors and fundraising is an essential part of the club’s future success.  Now we need to do more than just compete with other clubs, we need to resource every aspect of our club to the highest level to give our team the very best chance at success.

High performance  (football) - The ability to provide players and staff with the facilities and resources required to maximise their potential is a fundamental objective for any AFL club. We operate in a fast-paced, competitive industry, which drives innovation in athlete management, preparation, strength and conditioning and coaching. At Melbourne Football Club, our innovations committee discuss and assess these innovations based on the overall benefit to our players’ performance and invest when appropriate.

Community and grassroots programs  - The club recognises the importance of giving back to the community and we achieve this through various programs designed to grow the sport at a community level.  These include education, indigenous, grassroots and multicultural programs.  Football is an integral part of galvanising the community, family and friends. The club recognises this and establishes meaningful initiatives to enhance and support healthy lifestyles and community spirit.

Women’s programs (including women’s AFL games) - The club continues to be an industry leader in supporting women in football. Through our AFL women’s team and support of both senior and junior women’s football in Victoria, we actively work to encourage the growth and development of the sport from the grassroots level through to elite senior football. The club has actively pushed for a women’s national competition and saw its efforts come to fruition in the form of the inaugural AFL Women’s Draft and AFL Women’s Exhibition Match in 2013. Melbourne has drafted some of Australia’s best female footballers, providing them with an opportunity to train and play at an elite level and will continue to be a force in the AFL Women’s competition in the future.

History and heritage - The Melbourne Football Club is the oldest professional football club in the world and we are very proud of that fact. In almost 160 years it has naturally accumulated stores of memorabilia and priceless artefacts that need to be made available for public viewing. Whether it is online or in a museum from within our training base, a dedicated recognition of the Melbourne Football Club’s past is an important part of club operation. The club has undertaken a cataloguing exercise of its collections in readiness for the day it has raised enough funds to undertake such a venture.

To find out more about the Foundation Heroes and Legends, and other ways to support the club, please contact us directly on:

Key Contacts:

Jackie Emmerton
Manager, Fundraising
Phone: 03 9652 1122
Mobile: 0409 806 750
Email: jackie.emmerton@melbournefc.com.au

Russell Robertson
Club Development/MFC Ambassador
Phone: 03 9652 1146
Mobile: 0407 878 282
Email: russell.robertson@melbournefc.com.au


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Foundation Legend - Platinum Foundation Legend - Gold Foundation Legend - Silver

Foundation Legend    

David Thurin Guy Jalland Peter Szental (dec) Geoffrey Porz
  Bill Gibbins Geoffrey Freeman Peter McGrath
  Peter Spargo   Lawrie De La Rue
  John Trotter   Carolann De La Rue
  David Massey   Robert O'Brien
      Barry Bourke
      Greg Hargrave
      Mark Walkley
      Peter Lawrence
     

Patrick Hilditch

1 Bill Gibbins 2 Peter Szental (dec) 3 David Thurin
4 Geoffrey Porz 5 Mark Walkley 6 Greg Hargrave
7 Guy Jalland 8 Philip Allison 9 Wayne Crewes
10 David Massey 11 George Simon 12 Ross & Julie (dec) Young
13 Glenn Barnes 14 Barry Bourke 15 Luke Hartman
16 Andrew Kroger 17 David Broomhall 18 Leigh Perkins
19 Richard Price 20 Ross Turnbull 21 Antony Baillieu
22 Charlie Baillieu 23 Bev Barlow 24 Doug Barlow
25 John Collett 26 Peter Cooper 27 Michael Corcoris
28 Philip Cornish 29 Roger Donazzan 30 Ian George
31 Len Gill 32 Stuart Grimshaw 33 William "Bill" Guest
34 Wayne Handley 35 David Hatton 36 Patrick Hildtich
37 John Hodgson 38 Terry Janes 39 Peter Kopke
40 Ross Lava 41 Garry Lyon 42 Geoff Malkin
43 Simon Malkin 44 Geoff Mason 45 Tim Mason
46 James Massey 47 Brock McLean 48 Richard Mole
49 Mark Nicholson 50 Terry O'Brien 51 Henry Otto
52 Steuart Roe 53 John Rothfield 54 Mark Rothfield
55 John Tsabasidis (dec) 56 John Shalit 57 John Trotter
58 David Wellington 59 Peggy Wellington 60 Geoff Freeman
61 Stephen Bickford 62 Robert Bowen 63 Robert Christie
64 Chris Connolly 65 Eileen Crewes 66 Eric Dick
67 John Etherington 68 Matthew Franceschini 69 Jim Gardiner
70 Jamie Gray 71 Alan Guest 72 Stewart Gull
73 H.N. Hammet (dec) 74 Jock Langley 75 Don McLardy
76 David Muir 77 David Neitz 78 Adrian O'Brien
79 Robert O'Brien 80 Michael Pearce 81 Tony Rodbard-Bean
82 Brian Sheehan 83 Peter Spargo 84 Stephen Spargo
85 Frank D'Agostino 86 Ron Barassi 87 Michael Breen
88 Simon Garnett 89 Fred Oldfield 90 Craig Robson
91 Peter Thomson 92 Daniel Williamson 93 D.G.O. & A Wood
94 John & Liz Wright-Smith 95 Michael Albrecht 96 Bill Balcam
97 Robert Barber 98 Robert Barrington 99 Neville Beer
100 Reuben Benkel 101 Irving Birch 102 David Bird
103 Leo Blake 104 Bruce Brown 105 Michael Burbank
106 Andrew Cannon 107 Jack Chrapot 108 Harley Cohen
109 Nicholas Corcoris 110 Rohan Davis 111 Douglas Derham
112 Simon De Winter 113 Gary Diamond 114 Gordon Dickinson
115 Geoff Dumbrell 116 Bernie Dunn 117 Tim Eddy
118 Andrew Erikson 119 Andrew Facey 120 MFC Past Players
121 Peter Fielding 122 Roger Fitzgerald 123 Barry Fitzpatrick
124 Max Flinker 125 Ross Foster 126 Marcus Freeman
127 Paul Galwey 128 Boris Gelberg 129 Fiona Geminder
130 Raphael Geminder 131 Ralph Glezer 132 Leon Goldberg
133 Phil Goodman 134 Michael Goss 135 Peter Gyopar
136 Pam Haddrell 137 Jim Harris 138 Karen Hayes
139 Greg Healy 140 Barry Helfenbaum 141 Richard Henderson
142 Mary-Anne Holland 143 Allan Holmes 144 Paul Hopgood
145 Jack Hoppe 146 Russel Howcroft 147 Kenneth Hyden
148 Zig Inge 149 Anthony Ingerson 150 Paul Ivany
151 T.H. Jacket & K.A. Hyden 152 Karin Jalland 153 Mark Jalland
154 Robert Jamieson 155 Craig Joel 156 Ian Johnson
157 Trevor Johnson OAM 158 Noel C Jones 159 Torsten Kasper
160 Scott Keck 161 Anthony Keelan 162 John Kidman
163 Nancy Kimpton 164 Philip & Oscar King 165 Mike Kostos
166 Nick Kostos 167 Dr. Tony Kostos 168 Stephen Laussen
169 Douglas Lee 170 Neil Lockwood (dec) 171 Chris Lovell
172 Harold Lubansky 173 Royan Euan Luff 174 Rick Jamieson
175 John Mahoney 176 Peter Matthey 177 W.C. McBride
178 David McCloskey 179 Greg McCormack 180 Lelde McCoy
181 Peter McGrath 182 Duncan McIntyre 183 Clare McLardy
184 Ross Milne-Pott 185 Ross Mitchell 186 Levi & Lisa Mochkin
187 Carmel Morfuni 188 Sid & William Myer 189 Colin Neave AM
190 Ross Paterson 191 Elaine Paul 192 Brian Perkins
193 Graham Peters 194 Rob Pitt 195 Andrew Ramsay
196 Ian Ramsay 197 Michael Ramsay 198 David Rennick
199 Peter Righetti 200 Dr. Henry Ivor Ritterman (dec) 202 B&C Roda, D. Di Pietro, F. Preotia
201 Simon Roach 203 Alan Rose 204 Bob Sadlon
205 Ronald Serry 206 Andrew Shelton 207 David Slobom
208 Steven Smith 209 Michael Smith 210 Kate Spargo
211 Jim Stynes (dec) 212 Ricci Swart 213 Craig Thompson
214 Tracy Vogel 215 Gary Watson 216 Phil Weinman
217 Greg & Mavis Wells 218 David Williams 219 Brian Wilson
220 Ted Yencken 221 Joe Ricciardo 222 Helen Otto
223 John Atkinson 224 Lawrie De La Rue 225 Carolann De La Rue
226 Alec Leopold 227 William Crothers 228 Mandy Yencken
229 Andrew Chirnside 230 John Thomson 231 Wayne Stringer
232 Jeremy Brown-Greaves 233 Fred Fuster 234 Lawrence Young (dec)
235 Graeme Hayes 236 Gregory Tilley 237 John Cronin
238 Timothy Holland 239 Cameron Schwab 240 Noel "Kelly" O'Donnell
241 Eric Firth 242 Andrew Crace 243 Tim Hunt
244 Darcy Thompson 245 Graeme Neville 246 Richard Starkins
247 Stan Klain 248 Rod & Sally Trevena 249 Stuart Davies
250 Joanne Auffray 251 Paul Young 252 Peter Rahilly
253 Hugh Ellis 254 Bob Pacunskis 255 Bobby Pacunskis
256 Leigh Pacunskis 257 Jim Kelleway 258 Michael Gallenti
259 Gordon Rose 260 Jim Power 261 Bill Harries
262 Sam Buono 263 Shaun McVicar 264 Kate Howcroft
265 Clifford & Julie Lever 266 Neil Smith 267 Dr. Nicholas Freezer
268 Theo & Lisa Schreurs 269 Fred Haig 270 Brian Stynes
271 Damien & Geraldine Davis 272 Steve Johnson 273 Philip Cramer
274 Andrew Cramer 275 Edward Cramer 276 Robert & Teiki Bristow
277 David Frieze 278 Corne Olivier 279 Anthea Crawford
280 William & Suzi Lyall 281 Vanessa Mason 282 Benjamin Mason
283 Annabel Mason 284 Ron Klein 285 Ross Stillwell
286 Chris Brown 287 John Turnbull 288 Chris McPherson
289 James McPherson 290 Paul Cowan 291 David Cooper
292 Western Demons 293 Anthony Hancy 294 Barry Markoff
295 Jon Irvine 296 Warren Da Costa 297 Ian & Fran McDougall
298 Darren Spence 299 John Henderson 300 James & Daniel Mahoney
301 Bruce Young 302 Phil Gregory 303 Robert McInnes
304 Julie O'Halloran 305 Roger, Anne & Lauren McKinnon 306 Lindsay Murray
307 Andrew Lezala 308 Kip, Laura & Renee Homewood 309 Anthony Lewis
310 Lisa Thurin 311 Lauren Thurin 312 Michael Thurin
313 Andrew Thurin 314 Matthew Fitzgerald 315 Andrew Leoncelli
316 Peter Atkinson 317 Paul Freeman 318 Jennifer Freeman
319 Ben George 320 Matthew Hilditch 321 Katherine Lewis
322 Peter McArthur 323 Peter McCoy 324 John Robinson
325 Sam Stynes 326 Gil Van Der Venne 327 William Rennick
328 Charlotte Rennick 329 Dean Bailey (dec) 330 Neil McMullin
331 Penny McMullin 332 Alan Soward 333 George James
334 Joseph Zanca 335 Ewan Letts 336 Anthony Starkins
337 Richard Seddon 338 Geoff Edwards 339 Gabriel Szondy
340 Lawrence O'Shea 341 David Nicolson 342 Judith Nicolson
343 Ian Edney 344 Graeme Jack 345 Kenneth Park
346 Charles Sitch 347 Michael Coglin 348 Geoff Slade
349 Chris Sleigh 350 Greg Haustorfer 351 Peter Dohrmann
352 Richard Stawell 353 Demonology 354 David Jones AO OB
355 Anna McGrath 356 Harry Cheung 357 Belinda Gallenti
358 Tom Smiley 359 Stephen Doig 360 Michael Muir
361 Penny Mackieson 362 Matthew Bond 363 Ronald Baker
364 Rodney & Janice Brown 365 Adam McConnell 366 Michael Tratt
367 Andrew Murray 368 Des De Krester 369 Craigh Hutchinson
370 Russell & Sue Warmington 371 Bernie & Lorraine Holtschke 372 Mike McShane
373 Helen Ingram 374 Ian Keelan (dec) 375 Andrew Sutcliffe
376 Ruth Speirs 377 Ian Routley 378 Robert Mathieson
379 Daryl LaBrooy 380 Gerard & Clare Clancy 381 Robert Collie
382 Edward Cohen 383 Ian Jackson 384 Peter Maynard
385 Bruce Cumming 386 James Marks 387 Daniel Moon
388 Andrew Pandeli 389 Barrie (dec) & Joan Ravell 390 Mae Connelly
391 Ballarat Demons 392 Teresa Hassett 393 Anthony O'Connell
394 Graeme Robinson 395 Andrew & Emma Ajani 396 Jon Moodie
397 Michelle Gill 398 Valerie Peters 399 Joanne Sleigh
400 James Roland 401 Genevieve Schaefer 402 Enid Mahoney
403 Alice Hill 404 Geoff & Vicki Robertson 405 Ian McPherson
406 David Sims 407 George Fishlock 408 Graham Etherington
409 Joe Di Conza 410 Stuart Bartley 411 Steven Stevens
412 Ian McKenzie 413 Glen Bartlett 414 Andrew Spargo
415 Timothy Spargo 416 Anne Shellard 417 Garry Wilson
418 Ian Chambers 419 Robert Faulkner 420 Todd Viney
421 Jacques Nasser 422 Simon Joscelyne 423 Nicholas Fay
424 Nick McLardy 425 Tim McLardy 426 Sarah McLardy
427 Bruce Thompson 428 Alex Southey 429 Dale De Krester
430 Joanne Muir 431 Luke Healy 432 Ian Maguire
433 Ross Palmer 434 Anthony McDonald 435 Louise Christie
436 Matthew Sleigh 437 Ben Sleigh 438 George Kelleway
439 Greg O'Shea 440 Yvonne Johnson 441 Chris Holland
442 Necole Gawne 443 Anthony Micallef 444 Lesley Freeman
445 Michael Robinson 446 Christopher Gill 447 Sebastian Leopold
448 Andrew Ramsden (dec) 449 Peter McKenna 450 Geoff Chapman
451 Peter Hawkins 452 David Finn 453 Jessica McDonald
454 Helen Rennick 455 Ralph & Roberta Laurie 456 Jimmie Martin
457 Rob Thomas 458 Leigh Arnold 459 Nick McKenzie
460 Peter Moverley 461 Nicholas Carr 462 Peter Connor
463 Peter Lawrence 464 Joan Ravell & Antony Broome 465 Russell Robertson
466 Marilyn Mackley 467 Stephanie Bartley 468 Anton Gaudry
469 Saichon Bartley 470 Gabriella Bartley 471 Isobel Kelleway
472 Joan Ravell 473 Graham Kendall 474 Jack Spargo
475 Julien O’Brien 476 David Roberts 477 Graham Hoult
478 Craig Sainsbury 479 Tom Rhind 480 Matthew Kajewski
481 John Pascoe 482 Ken Murray 483 Max Walker
484 Pat Di Conza 485 Michael Di Conza 486 Anthony Di Conza
487 David Lee 488 Andrew Williams 489 Paul Chapman
490 Phil Lewis 491 Gavin Davis 492 Michael Givoni
493 Peter Sanglietti 494 Pettman Family 495 Ronnie Ptasznik
496 John Corcoran 497 Dugald McWilliams 498 Peter Ashton
499 Andrew Dixon 500 Alan Jager 501 Blair Fry
502 Liz Birnie 503 Ian McCubbing 504 Michael Gill
505 John Ahern 506 Paul Roos 507 Annie Dunbar-Smith
508 Lizzie Lawrence 509 William Lawrence 510 Helen Lawrence
511 Kate & Nildo Martello 512 Peter Jackson 513 Jill Spargo
514 Marilyn O'Brien 515 James Simpson 516 Ian Wingate
517 Rayna Brown 518 Graeme Pettman 519 Jill & Peter (dec) Stowey
520 Tom Spargo 521 David Yates 522 Kelly Massey
523 Harrison Massey 524 Samantha Page 525 Jane Martino
526 David Robb 527 David Hassett 528 Andrew Pettman
529 Mohan Jesudason 530 Declan Holland 531 David Jackson
532 Gabby Montagnese 533 Graeme Stillwell 534 Stephen Massey
535 Steve Morris 536 Narelle O'Shea 537 Euan Pizzey
538 Theo Scheurs 539 Simon Kearney 540 Bob Morton
541 Sally O'Shea