Marong and Mitiamo go purple for a cause

Matt and Charlie Grant model the beanies available at Mitiamo on Saturday June 8.  Picture from Mitiamo Football Netball Club Facebook page.

Matt and Charlie Grant model the beanies available at Mitiamo on Saturday June 8. Picture from Mitiamo Football Netball Club Facebook page.

MITIAMO Football Netball club hosts Marong this Saturday June 8 in the second annual ‘Purple for Pancreatic Cancer’ round in honour of the late Annette Grant, a lady with strong links to both clubs.

As well as being an opportunity to remember Mrs Grant, the event is intended to generate funds for Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and create awareness of the insidious disease that often goes undetected for too long.

Mrs Grant was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in January 2018 and passed away in June that year.

That short timeframe is sadly reflective of the average survival period for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with the stark figure being just three to six months.

Less than 10 percent of affected patients survive at least five years.

Sadly, less than one percent of available cancer funding is directed to pancreatic cancer research according to the Australian Government’s Cancer Australia website.

Netball and football players will wear a splash of purple on the day and spectators are encouraged to do likewise.

Mrs Grant was an enthusiastic volunteer for much of her life and was highly involved in the Marong Football club for years, earning a life membership.

Three of her sons, Andy, Tom and Matt play senior footy for Mitiamo, where her husband Bill coached in 2009.

As well as playing, Andy is the current Superoos coach.

Therefore, it is fitting for these clubs to unite each year for this special event.

The day will have a family focus, with face painting and a jumping castle.

Merchandise will be sold to raise money for Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Beanies cost $20 each, wristbands $3 and scrunchies $2.

You can also make online donations by visiting inmemory.gofundraise.com.au/page/p4pc

Action takes place at John Forbes Oval in Mitiamo, Saturday June 8.

Senior football is scheduled to commence at 2.15 pm, with A Grade netball commencing at 3pm.

Junior action starts in the morning, so there is an opportunity to arrive early and make the most of the day.