Callander clan supporting Matt’s beanie round
THIS is the family that lost one of rugby league’s most courageous figures last year when Channel 9’s Matty Callander passed away after a long battle with brain cancer.
Next week, Kenny Callander and his grandkids will be out in force with the wonderful Mark Hughes Foundation for the NRL’s Beanie for Brain Cancer round.
It’s all about honouring a commitment to Matt, who, while he was dying, convinced the NRL to make this an annual fundraising round to help others struck down by the hideous disease.
Last year, Matt was part of the team that raised almost $2 million. Next weekend promises to be even bigger.
“We’ve ordered more than 200,000 beanies — twice as many as last year,” Hughes said. “We couldn’t keep up with the demand last year and ran out.
“The response has been extraordinary and totally inspired by Matt Callander.
“He brought everyone together and showed incredible courage while he was sick to be such an important part of what we achieved.
“He kept a smile on his face every day.
“His whole family dug in to help.
“It’s now our role to ensure Matt’s legacy lives on forever.”
The beanies are available at the grounds next weekend, at Ritchies IGA stores or online at the Mark Hughes Foundation website.