NSW representatives have already donned Mark Hughes Foundation beanies in support of this year’s Beanie for Brain Cancer Awareness week.
Blues skipper Paul Gallen, vice-captain Robbie Farrah, departing Newcastle forward Beau Scott, as well as backs Brett Morris and Josh Dugan, modelled the new merchandise while in State of Origin camp ahead of next week’s campaign.
The gear has also been showcased by Knights players including captain Kurt Gidley and winger Akuila Uate at a recent promotional day.
The navy, red and white winter warmer has been designed and released by the Mark Hughes Foundation to coincide with the second annual fundraiser, which is open to schools, businesses and hospitals across Maitland, the Hunter and Australia.
Founder, 1997 Maitland Sportsperson of the Year, Kurri Kurri Bulldogs junior, two-time Newcastle Knights premiership winner and NSW representative Mark Hughes (pictured) said money collected would go directly to the Hunter Medical Research Institute.
“Since my diagnosis [with a brain tumour] I have found out first-hand just how many people are affected by brain cancer,” he said.
“It is the biggest cancer killer of adults under 40 and children under 10, and we need answers. Through your support of Beanie Day, it is a way to raise funds and help find a better outcome for patients and their families.
“Every dollar goes straight into brain cancer research at Hunter Medical Research Institute.”
Since last year’s inaugural beanie drive, the concept has been given a kick along after television personality Carrie Bickmore wore a beanie on stage when she accepted her Gold Logie award.
The foundation has raised $350,000 since forming less than two years ago. Hughes, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013, was recently given clear test results.
Registrations and beanies for Beanies for Brain cancer Awareness week, which starts on Monday, can be found on the MHF website.