GOOD CAUSE: Hayden Taylor, Harry Cooper, Tom Gillespie and Cameron Loveday from the U14 Devils joined the fight to raise awareness for epilepsy.
GOOD CAUSE: Hayden Taylor, Harry Cooper, Tom Gillespie and Cameron Loveday from the U14 Devils joined the fight to raise awareness for epilepsy. Meg Gannon

Devils hit the field in purple for mates with epilepsy

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Dalby Devils are no strangers to holding a fundraiser or two.

But their most recent fundraiser hit a little closer to home.

The boys donned purple socks on Saturday to raise money and awareness for epilepsy, a condition not unknown to many of the players of the Dalby Devils, according to club president Tim Hart.

"Especially with epilepsy, I think it's important that the kids know that there's nothing wrong with that particular child,” he said.

"They don't need to be handled with kid gloves.

"They are an important part of our community as well.

"It's important for our kids to know that yes, he might have epilepsy, but there's nothing physically wrong with him aside from that.

"There's no stigma attached to kids with these kinds of conditions.”

The influence the club has in the wider community is a powerful tool in spreading information and awareness about conditions that affect so many friends, family members and players themselves.

"As a club it's always good that we can get the message out,” Hart said.

"We have over 300 kids that play football with us.

"With that comes a fair bit of extra parents that obviously support their kids.

"It's a lot easier for us to get a cause out to the community and raise awareness of the different things we can do with the club.”

The fundraising itself was just one part of the initiative for the club.

"It's not just the money that we expect out of these things, it's more the awareness,” Hart said.

"We've got a voice in the community that can reach over 300 people just by holding a day and creating awareness for these different kinds of foundations that we can support.”


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