The NSWRL will show its support for The Mark Hughes Foundation’s Beanie For Brain Cancer with all Canterbury Cup NSW players to enter the field of play wearing beanies this weekend in Round 19.
Hughes, a True Blue, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and established the Beanie for Brain Cancer the following year to help raise money for research.
The cause gained even more exposure after former Channel Nine Rugby League Executive Producer Matt Callander, who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2017, joined forces with Hughes, Channel Nine and the NRL to create the Beanie for Brain Cancer Round.
Beanie for Brain Cancer Round has managed to raise more than $10 million for brain cancer research since it started five years ago and Hughes has set a target of $3 million in 2019.
“The support for Beanie for Brain Cancer has been overwhelming and it shows that people care and want to give brain cancer patients hope,” Hughes said.
“Before this there wasn’t much hope for brain cancer but through the efforts of everyone that’s starting to change.
“I’m a proud NSWRL ambassador and I’m always very grateful for all the support that is shown to me because we wouldn’t be where we are today without it.”
NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said Beanie For Brain Cancer was an important cause and encouraged all Rugby League fans to get behind it this round.
As a show of support, Canterbury Cup NSW players will leave the change rooms and enter the field of play wearing beanies before their matches kick off.
“Rugby League has always had a proud history of throwing its arms around those in our game who need our support the most,” Trodden said.
“Mark has done a tremendous job with Beanie for Brain Cancer and the support from fans has been terrific in making it a success.
“I’m confident that support will continue this round.”
Beanies can be purchased at selected IGA stores, Lowes and NRL games this round.
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