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Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) announced that Australia’s players would dedicate the upcoming PFA Alex Tobin OAM Medal Night to raise funds for those impacted by Queensland’s recent flooding. The night will be held at Crown’s Palladium Ballroom in Melbourne on Monday 14 February.


PFA President and Melbourne Heart Captain Simon Colosimo spoke of the impact the floods have had on Australia’s players. ‘We’ve all been touched by the devastation experienced by so many Australians as a result of the unprecedented flooding in the past weeks’, said Colosimo.


‘As this is our most special night of the year, the players felt it only appropriate that we dedicate it to raising funds for those in our community that are doing it tough right now. All of the players are keen to help. In addition to the night, A-League players have committed to a donation being deducted from their salary to support the cause.’


The Tobin Medal recognises the true legends of Australian football who have demonstrated four key attributes throughout their careers: (1) leadership; (2) achievement as a player; (3) commitment to one’s fellow professionals; and (4) service and dedication to the game.


Mark Viduka will become the 4th recipient of the Medal at the Gala evening on Monday 14 February 2011. Mark follows the late Johnny Warren OAM, Joe Marston and Craig Johnson as those to receive the honour from their peers.


During that special night, the PFA will also announce the PFA A-League Team of the Season.