Week­end ded­i­cated to Ack­ers

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

PROUD BOND: Sonya Ack­er­man, Bren­dan West and Kay­lene Hart ready for the James Ack­er­man Me­mo­rial Cricket match at Caloun­dra.

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