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Giant Beanie takes over McDonald Jones Stadium

Rugby league fans from across NSW are being encouraged to ‘get their beanies on’ during the NRL’s Round 19 ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer Round’ to support the former Newcastle Knight Mark Hughes’ annual fundraiser.

McDonald Jones Stadium will don its own three-metre high beanie and be renamed ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium’ while all other NRL venues will sell beanies at merchandise outlets from 25 July – 28 July.

nib Newcastle Knights CEO Philip Gardner said: “It was a terrific initiative to have the giant beanie sit atop the stadium last year and we are thrilled to have it back on game day for our match against the Wests Tigers.”

The Mark Hughes Foundation was formed by former Knights player Mark Hughes and his family after Mark was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013.

“I would like to thank McDonald Jones Stadium for their amazing support again in 2019,” Mark Hughes said.

“For Bill McDonald and Venues NSW to come together to support our cause and give up the naming rights to McDonald Jones Stadium is a huge gesture and one that we feel truly honoured by. We can’t wait to see a packed house at the Knights game with the loyal fans wearing their beanies.

Venues NSW CEO Paul Doorn said: “We are proud to support the Mark Hughes Foundation by welcoming Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium to our network of venues as part of this Round. I’d like to publicly thank McDonald Jones Homes for giving up their naming rights to our stadium for this great cause.”

McDonald Jones Stadium is used as a base location to store and dispatch the thousands of beanies every year, free of charge.

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