TWO Ovens and Murray football clubs have wrapped their arms around a much-loved local family in raising $15,000 through The Project host Carrie Bickmore’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer Foundation.
Players, officials and supporters from Wangaratta Rovers and Myrtleford football clubs will don the charity’s beanies when the clubs meet at the WJ Findlay Oval on July 14, the day before what would have been Lina O’Donohue’s 50th birthday.
Lina, who lost her battle with brain cancer in December, was originally from Myrtleford, and became a popular figure at the Rovers while supporting her husband, former player and coach John, and watching their children, Kara and Josh, grow up around the club.
The ‘sea of beanies’ concept originated among Kara’s under 16 Rovers netball team, with the idea to ask people to buy the Beanies 4 Brain Cancer (a fundraiser started by Bickmore in memory of her late husband’s fight against the disease).
However, organiser Corina Falconer said the concept quickly grew to the club’s other netball sides, and it wasn’t long before the football teams and then the entire club expressed eagerness to be involved.