Footy match for Appeal

The Kick for the Kids AFL match between North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs is back on Good Friday.

Footy fans can cheer on Victoria’s smallest and youngest fighters this Good Friday. After a COVID-enforced hiatus last year, the Kick for the Kids match between North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs is back.

Money raised from the event, including a portion of ticket sales, goes towards the Good Friday Appeal’s mission of upgrading equipment, training staff and funding medical research to improve care at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

North Melbourne forward Jy Simpkin was one of five Kangaroos players at RCH yesterday for a skills clinic. He said meeting young supporters on the wards helped the players understand what a big and important cause they were part of.

Western Bulldogs players with Daniel Berto who has had his appendix removed

“There are kids in there who don’t have much longer to live, but they’re still smiling and enjoying their time. Kids having heart transplants at such young ages,” Simpkin said.

”I love going in there to show them my support and hopefully bring a smile to a few kids’ faces.”

Originally published in the Herald Sun, 25 March 2021
Words: Brigid O’Connell
Photo: David Caird

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