Ackermans ‘beyond proud’ of James’ legacy
JAMES Ackerman was always a man who “got things done”, according to his loving aunt.
It’s been four years since the Sunshine Coast Falcons prop forward was tragically killed after a tackle gone wrong.
His family wanted to ensure his legacy was lasting with the 2018 Ackers Weekend fast approaching.
His aunt, Kaylene Hart, helped found it and recognised the work of the Coast community in remembering her nephew.
“People often ask us why we do what we do, and it helps with the grieving process, but also it helps to know James would be proud of what he has left,” Mrs Hart said.
“We are beyond proud of him and it helps dry the tears.
“We are able to help families in similar situations, families who go through cancer. Just people who are less fortunate.”
This year it will start with a trivia night on November 9, followed by the annual race day at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on November 10.
“We just want as many people to come along and remember James and who he was,” she said.
“That weekend is all about him and continuing his legacy. We can’t thank the community enough, without them we can’t get behind it.”
REMEMBERED: Sonya Ackerman at the grave of ex-Sunshine Coast Falcon James Ackerman.