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Independence Cup kicks goalsIndependence Australia was delighted to be the recipient charity for the Independence Cup, the A-league soccer match played between Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners on Friday 7th March.

The Independence Cup raised awareness and funds for those living with spinal cord injury. With statistics showing that young men aged 15-24 years old are at greatest risk of acquiring a spinal cord injury, and Melbourne Victory's fan base largely young men, the event was a fantastic opportunity to reach this audience with an important awareness message.

In partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Melbourne Victory, Independence Australia hosted a function for consumers, friends and families. The attendees were visited by a number of Melbourne Victory players and Captain Independence, and enjoyed food and drinks throughout the match.

At half-time, soccer fans at AAMI Park watched the big screen as Melbourne Victory Captain Adrian Leijer spoke on the topic of injury and independence, and the importance of injury prevention.

Outside the ground, soccer fans lined up for the chance to create a unique commemorative badge with a photo of themselves and Melbourne Victory players. Gold coin donations for Independence Australia were collected in exchange for the badges.

Donations were also collected by Independence Australia's wonderful volunteers at AAMI Park before and after the match. In total, the Independence Cup raised over $5,000 for Independence Australia.

Independence Australia would like to thank Melbourne Victory, TAC, the amazing volunteers and everyone who came along to the Independence Cup. It was a fantastic event!

View more photos from the Independence Cup here.