Support flows for Beau
THE community has shown outstanding support for injured Leongatha Footballer and Phillip Island resident Beau Vernon.
Many community events and fundraising schemes are on the calendar to help raise funds for Beau.
The 23-year-old, who was best and fairest at the Leongatha club last year, suffered a dislocated and fractured neck which caused severe trauma to his spinal cord during a football game at Wonthaggi in June 23.
He is currently in the spinal ward at the Austin Hospital and hoping to move to rehabilitation soon.
The Leongatha Football Club have been spearheading fundraising within the football community.
Beau Vernon support stickers sold by the club have been popular while the Parrots squad is heading to Melbourne this weekend, aiming to gain support from the AFL football community.
The team will be rattling tins for Beau at the MCG for Saturday night’ s clash between Collingwood and St Kilda.
Parrots secretary Matthew Grylls said more events to be planned for the future.
“We’ve still got events to be finalised but the support we’ve received already has been overwhelming,” he said.
Once the Beau Vernon Appeal was created, Beau’s farther Daryl spoke on Channel 9’s AFL Footy Show and the support started to roll in.
A generous donation of over $6000 by the Morwell Football Netball Club at the start of the month kicked off a wave of donation by various football clubs from around the region and state.
The Alberton Football League made a $2000 donation to the appeal and encouraged their clubs to pass around collection buckets at their home games until the end of the season.
The Gippsland Football League is holding a raffle thanks to the generosity of some Gippsland businesses.
The league has been able to secure three nights of accommodation at Captains Cove and three nights on a Bulls Cruiser and a donation of 15,000 tickets from the Drouin Commercial Printers.
Tickets are $5 each and available at all Gippsland Football League clubs and all Evans Petroleum outlets, among other places.
The raffle will be drawn at half time of the Gippsland League Senior Grand Final on Saturday, September 22.
The Phillip Island community is whole heartedly supporting the cause as well, with many events in the pipeline.
Sunday, August 19 will be a Bring and Buy Auction held at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort.
The community is encouraged to donate goods to be auctioned on the day while looking for some great things to buy at the same time.
Tickets are available at the Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser office in Cowes, San Remo Realty, Cowes Primary School, Rhyll Store and the Fun Shed in Cowes.
All those who can help out on the day or have goods to donate are encouraged to call the office on 5952 3201.
An all make car and bike cruise and sausage sizzle is set for Sunday, August 26.
The convoy of cars will travel from Bass McDonalds to the Phillip Island football ground for a sausage sizzle and raffle.
A minimum donation of $10 per car is asked and 100 per cent of all funds will go straight to the Beau Vernon Appeal.
The cruise departs at 10.30am but participants are asked to be at McDonalds at 10.
A sportsman’s night will follow on Monday, August 27 and will host superstars from many sports.
Details are yet to be confirmed of whom exactly will be involved but the night will be jointly ran by Phillip Island and Kilcunda-Bass Football Netball Clubs.
Check out The Star each week for updates of what’s going on in the area for Beau.
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