Last year was unexpected. Really unexpected.
Not in their wildest dreams did the organisers of the ‘90 minutes for cancer’ charity football game think they would raise more than $20,000 for the Cancer Council.
So heading into this year’s event there has never a more appropriate hashtag: #youngpeoplemakingadifference.
This year the group of former school friends are back to do it all over again. And this time they want to make it even bigger.
The match between the Horsley Park Rams and Kemps Creek Tigers will be played on November 18 at Club Marconi. Last year the Rams prevailed 4-0.
“But ‘90 minutes for cancer’ is more than just a game of football; it's a community coming together for one purpose...one goal. A cancer-free future,” one of the organisers Luke Maruncic said.
“Our objective is to raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Council to aid them in the battle against cancer in terms of research, as well as assist families and individuals in need of financial support.”
Maruncic, who is the captain of the Kemps Creek team, has been on both sides of the cancer fence.
The 22-year-olds grandfather passed away from lung cancer, while his grandmother is one of the lucky 10 per cent to survive lung cancer.
“It’s ’s never easy being a family member of someone who has cancer...as sad as it is, it is one of the most relatable illnesses. It’s something close to all our hearts,” he said. “Everybody knows somebody who has been affected by cancer at some point. We may not be able to change the world, but through this, we can make a start.”
This year the Frank’s Original Philly Cheesesteaks and Dogs food truck will be providing food and Elvis Miletic will emcee the event.
Former Socceroo Nick Carle will host a crossbar challenge at half-time.
So far the group of former Freeman Catholic College students have raised more than $15,000 – including $800 as the beneficiaries of the recent Raiders Cup. As for the game, Kemps Creek come into the contest fresh having taken the season off and are desperate to turn around last year’s result. Win, lose or draw, both teams will be hoping to #GiveCancerTheKickItDeserves.
‘90 minutes for cancer’