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An initiative of the Will Murray Assistance Committee, the Orange Socks Day(s) will act as a key fundraising and awareness opportunity. A simple act that has turned into a truly community weekend, with sporting activities spanning May 14th & 15th. Many sports teams will be wearing specially designed orange socks across many sports including football, netball and basketball.

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This article originally appeared in The Weekly Review – available online

Pictured: (L-R) Ben Poole, East Brighton Vampires under 8. Maegan Miller , Cheltenham North Devils under 15. Hopper Fagan , Sabres under 14. Shaedyn Aylen, Mordialloc Braeside under 10. Photo: Supplied

 

More than 4000 teenagers will sport bright orange socks this weekend in support of injured Sandringham teenager Will Murray.

Members of grassroots football, netball and basketball clubs across Melbourne have snapped up the socks, which were sold for $10 a pair. The profits will go directly towards Will’s care and rehabilitation.

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An army of sporting teenagers from Melbourne’s Bayside area and the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) have joined the cause, along with sporting clubs from Kew and even Sydney.

The Orange Sock Day was organised by family friend Greg Miller, who says orange is Will’s favourite colour, making it a natural choice for the Sock Day fundraiser.

“Across the weekend, 80 per cent of teams in the SMJFL will wear the socks, plus all teams in the Sabres basketball club and a raft of local Bayside netball clubs as well,” he said.

The 14-year-old was a talented junior sports star before he suffered a serious neck injury when diving off a pier in January 2016. His family now faces up to $300,000 a year in costs to cover his care and rehabilitation, none of which is covered by insurance.

Will’s teacher and football coach Tim Marshall started the Where There’s a Will charity to help the Murrays cover these costs and allow them to concentrate on taking care of their son and brother.

Sponsored by Buxton Real Estate, Orange Sock Day is one of the many community fund-raisers organised by Will’s family and friends to help support his care.

A community day was held last month which raised more than $80,000.

Will recently left hospital and is now living with his parents and siblings at his grandparents’ house while the family home is renovated.