SERVICES TO FACE OFF FOR ISLAH
THE police and the army will go to war against each other on the footy field this weekend all in the name of charity.
Officers and soldiers from Townsville will play in the third instalment of the Islah’s Sparkle Shield, raising funds for the family of Islah Hill, a young girl diagnosed with the extremely rare and incurable Tay Sachs disease.
Senior Constable Alex Fisher started the charity match three years ago and looks forward to the game.
“The past two years the game has been really good, not so good for us on the scoreboard, but played in good spirits,” he said.
He said the event had raised about $ 23,000 over the two years and they hoped to raise about $ 10,000 this year.
“The money raised will go towards her family covering medical costs that they need to look after her ( Islah).
“There’s a good rivalry between the two teams … it’s played in good spirits, it’s tough, everyone has a good time and puts their body on the line for a good cause.”
The game will be the curtain raiser for the final Blackhawks game at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday and will include a number of raffles and fundraisers.
ON PARADE: 2RAR’s Sgt Patrick Inskip, 4 REG Bombardier Jade Godbolt and Sen Const Alex Fisher and Const Darren Milton prepare to compete in Islah's Sparkle Shield.