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Boggabri Kangaroos to host charity day

The Boggabri Kangaroos are more than just a footy club, they are part of the community

Boggabri players and officials with MS sufferer Jason Smith - Dan Jones, Nick Hobden, Melissa Kerr, Jason Kemp, Anthea Harris, Richard McPhillips, Andrew Seach, Ashlee Haire, Molly Dawson Jason Smith, Donny Madden, Cloe Davis, David Harris, Merv Sheridan, Nick de Groot, Greg Haire, Ben Haire, Sophie Hendrie, Jayde Campbelll, Jay Urquhart, Beau Dawson, Emma Lyons, Jacob Mallon, Jack Gillham, Matt Gillham, Mitch Campbell, Karlee Longworth, Andrew Cameron and Connor Hall.

The Boggabri Football Club will host its first annual charity day on Saturday, August 19, in the final round of the 2017 Group Four Second Division first grade season.

This year 50 per cent of funds raised will go towards supporting Gunnedah man Jason Smith, by helping him battle through Multiple Sclerosis.

Smith is a close friend of Kangaroos first grade coach David Harris.

The other 50 per cent will be placed in a fund, which will be available to locals in need.

Boggabri and District Rugby League Football Club president Greg Haire said that both sets of playing groups - first grade and ladies league tag - had been the driving force behind the organisation of the event.

He also said that the club had received great support from local businesses.

Smith said that he first noticed something was wrong on Christmas Day 2014, when he fell from a chair after drinking one beer.

There were several other indicators over the following weeks, including a decrease in the quality of his eyesight.

Then in February 2015 he was diagnosed with MS.

Smith said that the day would be very beneficial for him and other MS suffers.

He described MS as a scary condition “where basically the body fights itself”.

“It’s not just about the money,” he said.

“Boggabri trying to help out is very important to me.

“So is celebrating Multiple Sclerosis.”

Should Boggabri win its match against Bendemeer this Saturday, then it will most likely enter the charity day match at Jubilee Oval taking on opposition Manilla for fourth place on the ladder and the last remaining finals spot.