Some footballing royalty will pull on the boots for a special once off event in Round 15 when St Kilda take on the Tigers in the fourth Maddie’s Match.
Nick Riewoldt and Jonathan Brown were today unveiled as the team captains for Maddie’s Challenge, a fundraising competition which will see celebrities face-off in a myriad of challenges to raise much needed funds for Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision as it continues the search for a cure for Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes (BMFS).
RSEA Safety kicked off the Maddie’s Challenge donation pledging $10,000 for the first challenge.
“To have the continued support of the entire footballing family, especially Saints fans, means so much to my family and I,” St Kilda champion and Maddie’s Vision Chairman Nick Riewoldt said.
“To have Browny, some of my old teammates and other famous faces on board this year to take part in Maddie’s Challenge will be great and anyone who knows me is well aware I can’t turn down a bit of friendly competition, especially when it’s raising money for Maddie’s Vision.
“Over the past few years we’ve really been able to engrain Maddie’s Match into the AFL calendar and seeing so many people get behind us and turn up in Maddie’s favourite colour purple has been fantastic.
“Now we’re in the really privileged and exciting position of having some tangible evidence of what our fundraising has been able to achieve.
“There are people living happy healthy lives today because of early intervention and testing that funding from Maddie’s Vision, and indeed Maddie’s Match, has been able to provide.
“We’re also seeing people receive more specific diagnosis thanks to our work, allowing them access to the best, tailored treatment.”
Since its inception in 2015, Maddie’s Vision has raised more than $7 million, allowing it to fund 15 important medical research projects, including the establishment of the National Aplastic Anaemia Registry and hosting the first ever National Research Symposium in Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that without the continued support of the football community we wouldn’t be where we are today,” Maddie’s Vision CEO Nicky Long said.
“To be funding over a dozen research projects in four years of existence is incredible, and we’re so positive and excited about everything we can achieve moving forward.”
Gearing up to proudly wear his purple guernsey this year is long-time Maddie’s Vision ambassador and St Kilda forward Josh Bruce.
“It’s always a special game and I’m really looking forward to this year,” Bruce said.
“I missed last year with injury, so barring any issues I should be out there, but whether you’re playing or not, to be part of a game that’s bigger than just football is incredible.
“To see how Nick and the team are really changing the lives of people living with Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes is inspiring and the players and I are always happy to give back in any way we can.”
Maddie’s Match will be held at Marvel Stadium on Sunday 30 June at 1.10pm. Maddie’s Memberships are now available, giving you access to two Level One seats to the game, a pair of Maddie’s Vision socks and a $5 donation to Maddie’s Vision.
For more information visit www.saintsmembership.com.au or, to secure your 2019 Maddie’s Match merchandise, visit Saints Locker at RSEA Park, 32-60 Linton St Moorabbin or purchase online via www.shop.saints.com.au
For more information on Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes or how to donate visit www.mrv.org.au