It was a very special evening at Jubilee Oval on Saturday 1 September as organisers of The RICHO Cup , Forest Rangers FC and Lugarno FC, along with members of the Richardson family and SGFA came together to present much-needed funds to the St George Hospital cardiology department last weekend.

The RICHO Cup was launched in 2015 and is an annual event staged at Gannons Park.

The donation of $10,000 came from the proceeds of this year’s Richo Cup, which is held in honour much loved player, coach, committee member, community volunteer and family man Matt (Richo) Richardson, The RICHO Cup aims to bring clubs affiliated with the SGFA together to promote player health issues.

This is a fantastic achievement by local clubs and their participants and is a direct result of the communities participation in the RICHO Cup.

St George Hospital Community Relations Manager, Penny Glezellis, was on hand to accept the donation on behalf of the Hospital.

The cheque was presented prior to the Premier League Mens Grand Final at Jubilee Oval.

Kylie Richardson spoke with Ms Glezellis on the evening who stated that the hospital had a portable defibrillator on their wish list valued at $9975 and they would be thrilled to have it funded by the Richo Cup.

We all love playing our wonderful game at the weekends but at the same time we need to ensure that players who participate in our sport do so having undertaken the necessary background health checks to ensure they are fit to play the game.

Footballers are encouraged to get regular health checks and prevent more tragedies from occurring both on and off the football field.