South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) is excited to be celebrating Connor’s Beanie Round for another year!!
This year the league-wide event will be held on SMJFL Round 13.
The flagship event of the season from the league charity partnership with the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation (RCD Foundation), is certainly not to be missed.
In it’s inaugural year in 2017, Connor’s Beanie Round raised an incredible $25,120 for paediatric brain cancer. This year the aim is to raise even more to support world-leading research and in-home therapies for patients. The RCD Foundation primarily raises funds for research for a cure and improved treatment options for children and young adults with brain cancer. Many people don’t know that Brain Cancer is the No.1 cancer killer of kids in Australia.
The RCD Foundation was created by Liz and Scott Dawes after their son Connor passed away from Brain Cancer at the age of 18 in 2013. The Foundation has partnered with the league for over 5 years, and you can proudly see the RCD logo on all SMJFL Game Balls.
On Sunday 29 July (and the week prior) there are a number of ways you can get involved to support the cause:
- Buy and wear an RCD Beanie, or a beanie of your choice
- Donate a gold coin before your game, or to the roving collection cans
- Collect donations around the club at training
- Sell beanies to club members, and the wider community
The RCD Foundation are looking for a “Club Champion” at each club to be the main point of contact in the lead up to Connor’s Beanie Round. While it is recommended that Champion is over 18, players may wish to take on this role with the help of a parent or guardian.
The main role of the Club Champion will be to facilitate the collection of gold coin donations from the players, help sell RCD beanies (in the lead up to 29 July), and collect donations from supporters during games on Connor’s Beanie Round.
There can be more than one Club Champion per club, and a small ‘committee’ could be formed to spread the tasks. A perfect role for young people doing the Duke of Edinburgh award, or wishing to complete Community Service for various reasons and recognition.
Can you help? Please contact Cherie Dear at the RCD Foundation
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0421744444
The biggest event of the year organised by the RCD Foundation is Connor’s Run which last year raised $780,000 and in 5 short years has become Australia’s largest event for paediatric brain cancer. Register via the banner below.