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SBD Global/August 27, 2014/Franchises

Australian Football League Side Collingwood Receives $1.4M Memorabilia Donation

A "mystery benefactor" has donated A$1.5M ($1.4M) worth of memorabilia to Australian Football League side Collingwood -- "a collection that includes the Brownlow Medal the late Len Thompson sold for his children's sake," according to Jake Niall of THE AGE. The benefactor "has given Collingwood what the Magpies say is the most extensive private collection of its type they have seen." Collingwood "is hoping to eventually have the Collingwood-specific donated items form part of a museum-like display at the club." Collingwood Dir of Operations David Emerson said that the donor "wanted the donation to support the charitable Collingwood Foundation and its Magpie Nest program for homelessness." Emerson said, "That's his motivation. It's an extraordinary gesture" (THE AGE, 8/26).
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