Mas­cot has a ball


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Dig Deep Day mas­cot Austin Melville with West Coast Ea­gles play­ers Luke Shuey (left) and An­drew Gaff. BERTRAM West Coast Ea­gles fan Austin Melville is tak­ing on the role of Dig Deep Day mas­cot after he en­dured a dev­as­tat­ing loss due to can­cer.

Austin (7) met West Coast Ea­gles and Can­cer Coun­cil am­bas­sadors Luke Shuey and An­drew Gaff at the launch of the Dig Deep Day fundraiser last week.

Austin and his younger brother Hud­son lost their mother, Donna, to sec­ondary breast can­cer at the age of 36 in Oc­to­ber last year.

The boys’ fa­ther, Colin, said the fam­ily had been through a trau­matic time in the three years be­fore Donna’s death, when she was first di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

“To lose Donna at such a young age has been in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult and heart­break­ing for my boys,” he said.

“So it’s a joy to see Austin so happy in his role as Dig Deep mas­cot.”

The Dig Deep cam­paign, now in its 13th year, helps the West Coast Ea­gles raise much-needed funds for Can­cer Coun­cil WA.

This year’s sale item is a mini foot­ball for $5. All pro­ceeds raised will be do­nated to Can­cer Coun­cil WA.

Dig Deep Day is on Satur­day, Au­gust 12, co­in­cid­ing with the West Coast Ea­gles’ round 21 clash with Carl­ton.

The West Coast Ea­gles are hop­ing to raise an­other $100,000 this year for Can­cer Coun­cil WA to help pro­vide sup­port to the 12,000 West Aus­tralians who are di­ag­nosed with can­cer each year.

West Coast Ea­gles Dig Deep mini foot­balls are avail­able now from Cal­tex out­lets, the West Coast Ea­gles Team Store, the Can­cer Coun­cil WA Shop and will be on sale around the ground on Dig Deep Day.

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