Cal­lan­der clan sup­port­ing Matt’s beanie round

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

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.

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