This weekend the NRL community will rally around the Mark Hughes Foundation to mark the fourth annual #BeaniesForBrainCancer Round with all eight games to feature the Foundation’s 2020 beanie.
Last year, $3.1 million was raised for brain cancer research with more than 170,000 MHF Beanies sold
While strict biosecurity measures due to COVID-19 mean there won’t be sales at games this year, the foundation made the call to “power on” with their fund-raising efforts.
“Brain cancer doesn’t stop or wait for anything,” said ex-Newcastle Knights back Mark Hughes, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013.
“I fully understand that some people aren’t in a position to buy a beanie [after the summer’s bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic]. But if you are in a position to buy a beanie, we’d really love that, because we certainly now more than ever need the support.
“It’s so much more than a beanie, it’s a sign of hope for brain cancer. When you’re wearing that beanie around, you’re actually giving so many people some hope that people care and that we want to find an answer to brain cancer.”
Players and officials will wear the new beanies at all NRL games this weekend, including the three fixtures at Bankwest Stadium. And while beanies won’t be available at the Stadium for the few lucky fans attending, there are other ways you can contribute to the cause.
Beanies can again be purchased at Lowes outlets or selected IGA stores as well as by ordering from the foundation’s website, where donations can also be made.
Fans are encouraged to post photos on social media wearing their beanies while watching the footy on TV using #MHFBeanie.
Funds from Beanie for Brain Cancer Round will be used for more innovation grants to top researchers around Australia.