Promising footballer Kurt Drysdale will be the focus of round 23 of the NRL, with money raised going towards the paralysed player.
He was left paralysed from the neck down from a tackle on June 7 this year playing for his club Cabramatta against the Wentworthville Magpies in the Sydney Shield.
Money raised from this weekend’s matches will go directly towards caring for Kurt’s injury.
His former under 20s teammates, including Valentine Holmes, Michael Lichaa and Shaun Lane, are driving the cause for their close mate.
“Hopefully at our home game on Monday night the whole Shire can get behind the ‘Unite for Kurt’ fundraising effort and help us to a win, I know he’d like that.” Holmes said.
On Monday, over 30 rugby league legends including Andrew Johns, Ben Ross and Darryl Brohman will participate in a 25 kilometre walk from Heathcote to Remondis Stadium to raise funds for Kurt.
They will be asking the public for their “loose change to change Kurt’s life”.
Kurt’s family can not afford the 24-hour care he needs, so at the moment he has no choice but to stay in hospital.
His former club will be wearing jerseys at the Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield games dedicated to Kurt, which will be sold for $250 dollars each.
He recently turned 21 in hospital and has made progress by eating food and being able to shrug his shoulder.
Kurt’s Dad, Steven Drysdale, said he is overcome by the support his family has received.
“It’s hard to keep up. There is so much going on it’s overwhelming,” Mr Drysdale said.
“We are really appreciative of the support we have received and for events like the ‘Unite for Kurt’ round this weekend.” -Sam Pasfield
Top photo from Colin Adland’s Flickr Photostream.