Weekend dedicated to Ackers
A DAY down at the race track with his mates and family was, right after football, one of James Ackerman’s favourite things.
The late Sunshine Coast Falcons player died after being injured in an on-field tackle.
But the legacy of the father-of-two will continue to live on through the dedicated work of his family keeping his spirit alive in all they do.
The annual Ackers weekend is one of those events keeping his legacy alive, while also raising vital funds for the Sunshine Coast University hospital and awareness about the importance of organ donation.
Organiser Kaylene Hart said the support of the community in bringing this weekend-long event to life was “unbelievable”.
“To us the race day is about James, as away from football he just loved spending time with his mates and by the track,” she said.
Ms Hart said she was delighted they were able to “pay it forward” this year.
“We work closely with the Wishlist foundation so whatever we want to do, the money will go back there,” she said.
As well as a race day, the weekend will also feature a cricket match between the Ackers All Stars and Lucky Stars Transplant cricket as they go head-to-head to raise awareness for organ donation.
Donation specialist nurse co-ordinator Shona McDonald said people like the Ackermans made the biggest difference.
“Their dedication will save more lives than all the lives James has already saved,” she said.
For more information or to find out how you can support the event, email hartkaylene8@gmail.
PROUD BOND: Sonya Ackerman, Brendan West and Kaylene Hart ready for the James Ackerman Memorial Cricket match at Caloundra.