COLAC children have rallied to help raise money for paralysed former Lorne footballer Casey Tutungi.
St Mary’s Primary School Grade Five pupils Tayla Hassett and Eliza Cahill helped organise football and netball clinics at St Mary’s yesterday to help raise money and awareness about Tutungi’s plight.
Tutungi was paralysed following an on-field incident playing for GFL club South Barwon in June.
Colac’s Jason Langdon was a teammate of Tutungi at Lorne and his daughter Sienna attends St Mary’s.
St Mary’s principal Michael Mahoney said Tayla, Eliza and Sienna were keen to help Tutungi.
“The girls saw it on TV and decided they wanted to do something about it because football and netball and sport is such a big part of not just St Mary’s but the Colac community,” he said.
“We’ve also got the Langdon family; Jason Langdon is a good friend of Casey, and Jason’s daughter Sienna was also keen to do something for Casey.
“Between the girls coming to see me and the Langdon family connection with Lorne footy club and Casey, we decided to organise the day.”
Lorne footballers and netballers attended the clinics at Colac’s Lake Oval and St Mary’s and spoke to the children about safety in sport.
Mr Mahoney said building awareness about safety in sport was important.
“It’s really about contributing to helping Casey but it’s also about making the children aware of just how important safety is in sport and how important rules and regulations are because these accidents can happen,” he said.
“Whatever money we make is a bonus, it’s just great the kids came up with the initiative because they saw a need to help someone.”