Players put jerseys aside to rally around paralysed local
RUGBY LEAGUE: Trent Knight, his teammates and on field rivals have been raising money for the past five years the best way they know how - playing footy.
In memory of his late friend, The Kirstin Albeck Memorial Rugby 9s day is their latest fundraising effort, with proceeds this year going to help Roma boy Ethan Kirkbride.
In October, Ethan was paralysed from the neck down after a serious car accident. He is still recovering in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital undergoing rehabilitation.
The annual rugby league event, which remembers Ms Albeck who lost her battle with Ewing's sarcoma in 2015, will welcome 10 sides from across the region to battle it out for a chance at the $7500 in prizemoney.
Knight, who is president of the committee, said this year would also include a chance for young fans to play "muck around” games.
"In under-8s this year we've got Roma Saints, Mitchell Magpies, Carnarvon Cubs and Benderoo Bulls playing,” Knight said.
"Then U12s will be Roma versus Carnarvon.”
The kids' games will run throughout the day, while sides from Toowoomba, Charleville, Mitchell, St George and Roma contest the $6000 first place and $1500 second place prizes.
"We've got a few blokes from different clubs around town, we just make up our own sides,” Knight said.
"You'll play with some blokes you've always played against in club footy.”
Knight said the fund- raising goal was $20,000.
"We've hit that mark every year. We'll have two bars and, after the footy wraps up, we'll have yabbie races and live music.”
The event begins tomorrow at 10.30am at Gallas Fox Park.