Dave MacGowan photo/SJHS

Launch of Greyhound Rugby Alumni Association(G.R.A.A)

by SJHS Rugby Alumni Committee - Sunday, March 9, 2008

A committee has been started to organize a SJHS Rugby Alumni Association. We have gone through Coach Dave McPherson's records and there are hundreds of players who have hit the pitch, wearing the Red & Grey, under his tutelage over the past 30 years. This mission is two fold: 1) the immediate need is an Alumni fundraising campaign to help aid the Greyhounds 2008 Spring Exchange Rugby Tour and 2) to form a SJHS Rugby Alumni Association to help with future endeavors of the Greyhounds.

First, the Greyhounds are participating in a Spring Exchange Tour to Ottawa in April. Coaches Jeff Warr and Dave McPherson have already begun training to prepare their players for this trip. A group of 23 players and three adult chaperones will be participating in a 5 day exchange with Woodroffe High School, of Ottawa. SJHS players will board with Woodroffe students from April 29th to May 4th. While in Ottawa, besides three to four rugby tilts, players will be given tours of Parliament and the Museum of Civilization. For fun, boys will play some laser tag and visit the IMAX theatre.

Woodroffe players will be visiting our city and high school the week prior, April 22nd to April 27th. They will be participating in Rugby Fest at RNS. If you're interested come out and support your Red & Grey! While in Saint John, Woodroffe players will also be given a tour of the city and our most famous landmarks. Mr. Harbinson has graciously permitted a short assembly to take place on the 23rd to ensure that our visitors get a warm reception from the SJHS student body.

In order to ensure success funding aid is needed for this 2008 Spring Exchange Tour. Our goal is to raise a total of $2000 which will help contribute to the team's cause. If you have fond memories of your rugby days from High School, then you know first hand how important the game is to these kids today and I urge you to make an Alumni donation to contribute to their Tour Fund.

This leads to the second part of this mission; donation money that exceeds our fundraising goal for this Tour will go directly to the SJHS Rugby Alumni Association fund. This fund's money will go back into the program to help build & strengthen it for the future. We will attempt to keep some type of regular contact with all SJHS Rugby Alumni in order to keep them informed on future endeavors or events.

Please make donations payable to:

Saint John High School Rugby
c/o Peter Fitzgerald
791 Anderson Drive
Saint John, NB
E2M 4G2

Thanks in advance for any help you can give… it is much appreciated!!

Kind Regards,
SJHS Rugby Alumni Committee