Clubs back can­cer cause

Myrtleford Times - - News -

TWO Ovens and Mur­ray foot­ball clubs have wrapped their arms around a muchloved lo­cal fam­ily in rais­ing $15,000 through The Project host Car­rie Bick­more’s Bea­nies 4 Brain Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Play­ers, of­fi­cials and sup­port­ers from Wan­garatta Rovers and Myrtle­ford foot­ball clubs will don the char­ity’s bea­nies when the clubs meet at the WJ Find­lay Oval on July 14, the day be­fore what would have been Lina O’Dono­hue’s 50th birth­day.

Lina, who lost her bat­tle with brain can­cer in De­cem­ber, was orig­i­nally from Myrtle­ford, and be­came a pop­u­lar fig­ure at the Rovers while sup­port­ing her hus­band, for­mer player and coach John, and watch­ing their chil­dren, Kara and Josh, grow up around the club.

Or­gan­iser, Co­rina Fal­coner said The ‘sea of bea­nies’ con­cept orig­i­nated among Kara’s un­der 16 Rovers net­ball team, but quickly gained in­ter­est among the club’s other teams.

“Then we de­cided we would make a day of it and in­clude Myrtle­ford, be­cause Lina came from Myrtle­ford,” Co­rina said.

Lina’s sis­ter, Danni CLOSE CON­NEC­TION: (Back from left) Ry­ley Bouker, Nella Mu­raca, Danni Bouker, Denise O’Dono­hue, Josh Mu­raca, (front) Brody Bouker, Alex Mu­raca and Sam Mu­raca with some of the bea­nies that will be worn in mem­ory of for­mer lo­cal Lina O’Dono­hue. PHOTO: Tate Spiteri Bouker said the sup­port shown from Myrtle­ford had been amaz­ing.

“I thought I would ask if any Myrtle­ford peo­ple might be in­ter­ested with the hope of maybe sell­ing 20 and within a day and a half we had about 200,” she said.

“It wasn’t hard, ev­ery­one just re­ally wanted to help out, Nella (Mu­raca) and Denise (O’Dono­hue) es­pe­cially.”

A to­tal of $9,375 was raised by Wan­garatta Rovers and $5,760 in Myrtle­ford.

John O’Dono­hue said his fam­ily had been touched by the sup­port shown by the two clubs, and the wider com­mu­nity, through the fundraiser.

“It’s a great show of re­spect for Lina in the first in­stance, for the per­son she was and what she had to en­dure,” he said.

“She was a mother, wife, daugh­ter, sis­ter and friend, and her loss af­fected a lot of peo­ple.

“It’s tes­ta­ment, too, to the value of footy clubs - Rovers in par­tic­u­lar, and Myrtle­ford Foot­ball Club and ju­nior foot­ball club - that whole feel­ing of be­ing part of some­thing, in a place where you feel com­fort­able, is so im­por­tant.

“It’s also a chance to raise aware­ness of brain can­cer, which is fairly mis­un­der­stood and not even re­ally that well known.

“It’s the big­gest killer of kids, and adults un­der 40, and these cam­paigns do a great job of bring­ing it to the fore.” By SIMONE KER­WIN

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