The Beanies for Brain Cancer round in the National Rugby League began in 2016, and in that short space of time, has grown to become one of the biggest single fund raising activities in this country.
Just last night in Brisbane where the Broncos played Parramatta, there were over 5,000 beanies sold at the ground, purchased by good hearted rugby league folk, well aware of the fight that Newcastle’s Mark Hughes, one of our own, has fought in recent years, and well aware that we need funds to help in the fight against the disease.
On the local front, beanies have been selling in big numbers leading up to Sunday’s blockbuster round 12 clash between the Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks at the renamed for this weekend, ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer Stadium’.
Locals and businesses have already been pitching in to help by purchasing beanies for $20 from a number of outlets across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter. One such business is Maddison Safety Equipment at Cardiff where, for the second successive year, the owners Kay and Keith Maddison went out and bought over 20 beanies, one for every staff member.
The Maddisons are dyed in the wool rugby league people; Keith was a member of the great St George sides of the 60’s, while son Tim is a former Newcastle Knights front rower and his wife Robbi a passionate Knights supporter.
It this type of spirit and goodwill that sets Newcastle people apart from the rest.
The number of beanies sold at Sunday’s game is anyone’s guess!