MM CancerBy Michelle Mahon

The Lennox Head Trojans Rugby Union Club proudly presented the Ballina Breast Cancer Care Group with a $5000 donation On 18 December.

“A number of our club members have recently been touched by close family members who are fighting this disease, and we were pleased to support a local charity that is helping local mums, grandmothers, sisters and daughters in a very practical way,” said club president Mark McDonald.   “The majority of our breast cancer fundraising was undertaken on the last day of club competition in 2012. Our first grade wore pink jerseys for the match, and afterwards, each jersey was auctioned.

“We are delighted with the support shown towards this initiative by all people in attendance, which helped us to top out our previous fundraising total of $2000 for this worthy charity in 2010.

“As a club, it’s important that in addition to winning premierships and nurturing our young talent, we can also show our support for others in need within our community.”

Ballina Breast Cancer Support Group Co-ordinator Robyn Sparks said she was delighted and a little overwhelmed with the donation, which will greatly assist the work of her Support Group.

“We are enormously grateful for the support shown by the Lennox Trojans to all women experiencing breast cancer, and are especially thankful of the decision by the club to support women in our local area,” she said.

“I am a breast cancer survivor myself, and understand first-hand the need for support services locally for people experiencing breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“In addition to advocating for our own local screening services, we co-ordinate monthly support group meetings, provide free transport for people who have difficulty attending appointments, and help with bills and petrol for people experiencing financial stress whilst undergoing treatment. We also provide practical support, such as hats for ladies who are losing their hair.”

PICTURE: Lennox Head Rugby Union Football Club president Mark McDonald presents a cheque for $5000 to Robyn Sparks, Ballina Breast Cancer Support Group Co-ordinator (second from left), with supporters Barbara and Sandra in attendance.