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One of South Melbourne Districts’ Under 9 players – Daniel Simpson – lost his father 4.5 years ago to stomach cancer.

I’m taking part in the #sillyhatformatt challenge doing 1,900 steps at the MCG and fundraising in support of stomach cancer research. This challenge is to remember my dad who had stomach cancer but died in 2013 when I was 4. I miss him so much.

On Sunday 22 July, the MCG hosted an event to raise funds for research to fight stomach cancer – and Daniel was eager to take part.

Stadium Stomp takes stair climbing and endurance events to a whole new level. It’s the ultimate stair climbing challenge. Participants climb up, down and around the stairs within the stadium bays, traversing literally thousands of stairs along the way.

Daniel stomped up 1,900 steps at the MCG in honour of his Dad.

While his original target was to “raise $800, $100 for each year of my life.”; along the journey to achieve this physical feat he has raised over $3,300!!

His mother Trine, has created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for GI Cancer Institute in the memory of Daniel’s dad, Matt.

Daniel’s school, Albert Park Primary, and the local community have also got behind the fundraiser.

In Round 12, South Melbourne Districts supported the cause, and Daniel’s team all wore a Silly Hat for Matt! 

#sillyhatformatt #linitisplastica #stomachcancerawareness #gutsychallenge

What an achievement, smashing donation targets and rallying the local community – go Daniel!

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