In the six months since the fund was set up following the tragic loss of Demetriou’s close friend and teammate Watene, the fund has raised a great deal of money to help support the family the popular Cook Islander left behind.
And Demetriou is encouraging people to continue with their support of the fund. “The money we’ve raised so far has been fantastic, and on behalf of everyone associated with the fund a massive ‘thank-you’ to all those that have contributed.”
“We all know how quickly six months can go past and from speaking to the family regularly I know that they are still having a tough time coming to terms with what happened,” said Demetriou.
“So whilst the support has been great, we hope people can continue to support the fund whenever they can.”
He continued: “The money is a big help to Moana and the children and we want to help continue to raise money for them and continue the memory of a great man.”
There are a number of events lined up in the next few months, including a Ladies Night on Friday 22nd May in CATS Bar at Belle Vue and Golf Day on Wednesday 19th August at Wakefield Municipal Golf Course which will feature a host of local Super League players.
The main event of the schedule is the Adam Watene Tribute Dinner on Friday 19th June at the Cedar Court Motel.
Beginning at 7pm, the dinner is followed by guest speaker Barrie McDermott and comedian Josh Daniels. There will also be an auction and raffles taking place where guests will have the opportunity to get their hands on various pieces of sporting memorabilia, all whilst supporting an incredibly worthwhile cause.
Demetriou said of the night, “It’s going to be an excellent night and we’re hoping to raise a lot of money from this dinner.”
“There are still tickets available and we’re looking for sponsors for the event so if anyone wants to come forward and be involved then we would welcome them with open arms.”
Tickets for the dinner start from £35 and up to £45 for VIP table’s.
Sponsors are also being sought for the Charity Golf Day, and anyone wishing to help out with the Adam Watene Fund can get more information by contacting Maraea Poching on Maraea@adamwatene.co.uk; or Sue Parker on firstname.lastname@example.org.