Victorian Touch Wine Rules A Success

first_imgSt Mary’s serves over 350 meals each day to people from the Fitzroy region and Melbourne CBD, and is heavily reliant on fundraising and donations.20 teams from Victorian Wineries competed in the event, which following the success of the event in South Australia since 2003 moved interstate for the first time.  The day involved wine tasting, a great atmosphere of live music, and some fantastic games of Touch Football. Event founder Matthew Jukes, was excited by the turnout and support for the event in Melbourne. “It’s a much different demographic then SA,  it’s a vibrant cutting edge city, so to involve the greater wine community and offering something different, and raise awareness of homelessness issues here has been fantastic,” Jukes said. Jukes, a renowned international wine writer believes that Touch Football is the only sport which can be utalised as a vehicle for promotion and an event of this kind. “Touch is the only medium where it works, you can be male or female, young or old, and all come out and play in a team together, have a great day soaking up the sun, tasting wine and a great atmosphere, all while raising awareness about the homeless cause then people go home and think about it.”Ten Minutes by Tractor took out the event defeating Rogue 5-2 in the final.  Victorious captain Dan Gregory from Ten Minutes by Tractor Wine Company agreed the concept of the event was great. “It’s a fantastic idea because you can combine two great passions of wine and touch,” Gregory said.The event was a great success, with money raised from team entry fees, auction and raffle items throughout the day, along with general donations from those in attendance. Jukes was already making plans to continue the event next year following the great response.  “We will have the event in South Australia next year, and look forward to coming back to Melbourne, and also expand on few other opportunities also,” Jukes said. Touch Football Victoria and St Mary’s House of Welcome would like to thank the following partners for the event:·         Garnier·         O I Glass·         Yabby Lake Wineries·         Touch Football Australia·         Touch Football South Australia·         Richmond Football Club·         Port Phillip City Council·         All of the participating wineries from across Victorialast_img read more