Ack­er­mans ‘be­yond proud’ of James’ le­gacy

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

RE­MEM­BERED: Sonya Ack­er­man at the grave of ex-Sun­shine Coast Fal­con James Ack­er­man.

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