The Australian arm of the Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor is donating the funds it raised for Deaf Australia via an online auction of the special jerseys worn by Raiders players in the NRL Charity Round – with nearly $20,000 raised in the auction and from match-day donations – and a direct donation of $15,000 from Huawei.
Before the Raiders game against the Manly Sea Eagles on August 25 over 20,000 fans took part in a world record attempt at the “largest ever” simultaneous public sign-language display.
Using the local Auslan sign-language platform the Raiders and Sea Eagles fans smashed the existing World Record live on national TV via live coverage on the Nine Network.
[loadposition peter}Lisa Connors, Manager Corporate Relations and Programs of Huawei Australia said as a long term major sponsor of the Canberra Raiders, the company had partnered with the NRL team and Deaf Australia, for NRL Charity Round to help create more awareness around the issues facing deaf Australians in their everyday lives.
“Huawei is very proud to be able to make this donation to Deaf Australia which we hope will help them carry on the fantastic work they do with the deaf community in Australia,” Connors said.
“We very much hope that by working with such a wonderful high-profile partner as the Canberra Raiders we have helped to play our part in helping more Australians understand the challenges that deaf Australians face in their every day lives.
“We would also like to say a very sincere thanks to the Canberra Raiders players and staff that helped us with this campaign – we could not have done it without them and we wish them all the very best of luck as they chase Grand Final glory in on October 6.”