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Auction success for Grace Cottage

More than $10,000 has been raised for the Salvation Army’s Grace Cottage in the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ Women in League online auction.

Cowboys members and supporters inundated the auction site with bids on the pink jerseys the North Queensland NRL squad wore in their memorable round 10 match against the Sydney Roosters at 1300SMILES Stadium.

The pink strip was part of the Cowboys’ celebration of Harvey Norman Women in League round, which has become an integral part of the NRL calendar.

All up, the auction of the match-worn jerseys raised $10,700 for Grace Cottage, a non-discriminatory service for women in addiction, in recovery from addiction, or who know people affected by addiction.

Each Cowboys team member, including co-captain Johnathan Thurston who brought up a double-century of games for the Cowboys, signed the jersey they wore in the 42-10 victory against the reigning premiers.

When bidding closed, Thurston’s number six jersey had reached the highest price – a $2,600 bid.

“Once again, our members and supporters have shown fantastic support for our online charity auction,” Cowboys community relations manager Fiona Pelling said.

“To be able to hand over such a large sum to Grace Cottage is really pleasing because it’s such a worthwhile initiative.”