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Rugby kick-off for appeal

PUBLISHED: 22:05 12 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:11 03 March 2010

A BIT of a scrum could kick off, for the Evening Star's next step to boost the already swelling funds of our Christmas appeal to Save a Life.

Rugby fans read closely, because the rugby ball, used in the last month's match where England smashed South Africa in a 53-3 win, is up for grabs.

A BIT of a scrum could kick off in The Evening Star's next step to boost the already swelling funds of our Christmas appeal to Save a Life.

Rugby fans read closely, because the rugby ball, used in the last month's match where England smashed South Africa in a 53-3 win, is up for grabs.

Signed by the whole of the England Rugby squad, the much-coveted ball will belong to the Evening Star reader who puts in the highest bid.

The ball was donated by Graeme Kalbraier and his team from Direct Motorline who themselves bid £1,000 for it at their annual function at the Club Cricket Conference in London.

Now Mr Kalbraier, managing director of Direct Motorline has decided to support the Evening Star's Christmas appeal to raise £20,000 for Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).

His family has a strong rugby background with his son Robbie playing for the England Under 16's team last year, so they already have plenty of rugby memorabilia in the household.

He said: "I wanted to use this opportunity to do something for the Star's charity.

"SARS is a fantastic cause and it will benefit local people.

"I'm hoping that rugby fans will come forward and bid for something that cannot be bought."

Donations are flooding in to boost the Star's appeal to raise money to buy essential satellite navigation and tracking equipment for the volunteer SARS doctors who turn out to accidents in their own time to give immediate medical treatment that helps saves the lives of many casualties.

The appeal was kick-started by Spedeworth who gave £2,000 of their takings at their spectacular gala night last month.

Ipswich and Norwich Co-op shoppers are also helping out by quoting the special community dividend number 977 when paying for their goods.

The number has been specially set up to ensure that every penny paid into the community dividend account goes straight to buying this vital equipment for the SARS.

So start bidding now to see who can get their hands on the famous rugby ball.

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