The Newcastle Knights donned their beanies on a picture perfect, sunny Winter’s morning on Thursday to support the Mark Hughes Foundation’s inaugural ‘wear your beanie for brain cancer awareness day’.
Knights captain, Kurt Gidley explained the cause was a close one to his heart and said he was only too happy to get the boys on board at training.
“A good friend of mine, Mark Hughes, had a brain tumour removed a couple of years ago and it was a tough time for his family," Gidley said.
“He’s now started up the Mark Hughes Foundation and wearing the beanie is all about brain cancer awareness."
The Mark Hughes Foundation has been formed to raise much needed funds to promote research, heighten awareness and support brain cancer patients and families.
“Mark is a close friend of mine and I think he’s doing great things with the foundation, so it’s the least we can do to help out and to help raise awareness,” he added.
“It’s been a great week and plenty of schools have jumped on board as well as businesses.
“People have been taking photos and uploading them to social media, so I thought it would be good to get our boys involved in wearing beanies for brain cancer.
Gidley is pleased with the community’s outstanding response to the fundraiser and hopes the event will be bigger and better next year.
It’s not too late for schools and businesses to register and support the cause. Click here for more information.