St Kilda footballers surprise local resident for 100th birthday
23rd July 2019
Benetas’ Corowa Court in Mornington is home to Rewa Pederson, a passionate and lifelong St Kilda supporter, who today, was surprised by five St Kilda Football Club players, in celebration of her 100th birthday.
Luke Dunstan, Blake Acres, Nathan Brown, Nick Coffield and Jake Carlisle turned up to a birthday afternoon tea held for Ms Pederson to offer their best wishes to the Saints fan.
The football club generously gifted Ms Pederson a signed St Kilda Guernsey with the number 100 on the back as a special memento for her milestone birthday. The club also arranged a cake to share with Ms Pederson and her loved ones.
Celebrating with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, along with one of her closest friends and a number of Benetas staff, Ms Pedersen couldn’t believe her eyes when the football stars turned up.
“It feels like a dream”, she said.
“It’s not every day you turn one hundred, and it’s lovely that they’ve gone to so much effort”.
Ms Pederson’s love of the Saints began when she was only ten years of age, living in the suburb of St Kilda where her family used to walk to the club’s then home ground, across from the Ritz.
Natalie Pederson, Ms Pederson’s granddaughter, was thrilled that her grandmother could have such memorable birthday.
“Footballers are extremely busy so it’s incredible that they could take the time out to be here for this amazing milestone,” she said.
“The Saints are a big part of our family culture and my grandma has always stayed connected to them. I’m so grateful to Benetas and to St Kilda for making this happen.”
St Kilda Player, Jake Carlisle said it was wonderful to be able to share this moment with Ms Pederson and her family.
“It’s incredible to be here for Rewa and her family,” he said.
“Getting to 100 is a great achievement.”
Although Ms Pederson no longer attends games, at 100 she still avidly watches St Kilda matches on television and continues to join in with community football tipping onsite at Benetas’ Corowa Court.