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Friday 16 February 2001

A former Melbourne Knights President is spearheading a fund-raising dinner which is expected to raise more than $30,000 in funds for the Melbourne Knights.

In a seperate project, a well known Melbourne concert promoter is donating the proceeds of Eurovision star Goran Karan’s Melbourne concert to help raise funds for a proposed gym at Knights Stadium in Sunshine.

Steve Mandekic, a long time sponsor and official of the Western Suburbs based club has remained an active member of the Knights since stepping down as president in 1999.

The well known former president, who runs a successful auto business Racecourse Motors, is behind the latest venture (along with 10-15 other volunteers) to raise $30,000 from a ‘Traditional Fish Night’ to be held at the Melbourne Knights Social Club on Saturday March 10th.

”Let’s return the glory days to our club,” says the official promotional material for the Fish Night that the organising committee has printed,

”It has been six years since the Knights were last in the finals. With your help, we can achieve that this season. Therefore we are appealing to all our supporters to turn up to this Club function in massive numbers.”

At $100 per person, the tickets are not cheap. However, the value for money will be exceptional with an astonishing range of seafood delights being prepared to tantalise anyone’s taste buds.

“‘We have also managed to secure sponsors for a quality range of wines, which means included in the price will be unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks,” said Mandekic during the week.

”Considering that the money is going to a good cause, that is the Knights, I’m confident that we can sell 300 tickets. A lot of people have already promised to make a donation by buying tickets even though they won’t be able to attend on the night because of other commitments,” stated Mandekic.

Tickets for the Melbourne Knights’ Fish Night can be obtained by ringing the Knights’ office during business hours on (03) 9312 3584, or contacting the following persons: Steve Mandekic (0412) 327 941 or Steve Garma (0418) 381 626.

MEANWHILE, a current member on the Knights’ Board of Directors, John Setka, and Steve Djopa, a director of Melbourne based Cro-Pro Promotions, have embarked on a fund-raising campaign to raise more than $35,000 for a proposed modern gymnasium to be situated beneath the main grandstand at Knights Stadium.

According to Djopa, who is also the owner of Barkly Glass, the gym facilities, which would be used by both the Knights’ playing personnel as well as the general public, could quite easily be open for business within ‘a month or two if we raise the necessary capital’.

Setka, who is taking ownership of the project, is proposing offering a limited amount of initial 12 month memberships (100) to the public at $250 each, which would raise $25,000. Further funds would be raised through a raffle ensuring the new gym had sufficient capital to cover all construction costs as well as fitting out the new facilities with quality fitness equipment.

A substantial amount is also hoped to be raised from tonight’s concert at the Chevron Nightclub. Featuring Croatian Eurovision star Goran Karan, the gorgeous pop singer Minea and former Novi Fosili member Vladimir K, the proceeds all going towards funding the proposed gym.

The gym, which is to be situated adjacent to the Club’s Administration offices, has received offers of substantial donations from builders and other tradesmen in terms of materials and labour.

For more details regarding the Knights’ gym project, contact John Setka via the Knights’ office on (03) 9312 9584.

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