Bears Lagoon-Serpentine digs deep for cancer charities

Serpentine raised $8000 for cancer awareness on Saturday. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
Serpentine raised $8000 for cancer awareness on Saturday. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The power of sporting clubs to bring the community together for a good cause was again to the fore at Serpentine on Saturday.

The Bears Lagoon-Serpentine Football Netball Club raised $8000 for cancer awareness at its home game against Bridgewater.

BLSFNC netball player Grace Westwood’s sister was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and the club dedicated Saturday’s home game to Love Your Sister and Breast Cancer Network Australia.

The Bears donated 50 per cent of the gate takings, with that figure matched by the club’s major sponsor Thackers Engineering.

Some of the senior footballers donated their match payments, a netball umpire donated her payment for the day and hundreds of people willingly donated cash at the gate, bar and canteen. 

Serpentine footballers at the presentation after the game. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Serpentine footballers at the presentation after the game. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

“It was a proud moment for the club, to think that a small community can come together for one day and one cause to raise so much money is truly amazing,’’ BLSFNC’s Sarah Byrne said.

“Statistics suggest that one in three people in their life time will experience cancer of some sort.

“The money we have raised will go towards cancer awareness and treatment, to help people fight against this beast.”

Of the money raised, $7000 will be donated to the Love Yours Sister organisation as selected by Westwood and her family.

The remaining $1000 will be donated to Breast Cancer Network Australia.