Mother speaks out about illness that hits one in 10 children
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Collegians Dragons hope to raise $2000 for HeartKids at Saturday's Charity Round at Father Ranger Oval.
The Dragons will host 11 games from 8.30am Saturday. The match of the day in the under-16 grade starts at 5pm.
The majority of games are against Stanthorpe but there are some games in older age groups against Wattles and Goondiwindi.
Collegians president Deb Scanlan said HeartKids was chosen as this year's charity as club fan William Nolan was born with congenital heart disease and had been supported by the group.
His brothers, Basil and James, have both played for Collegians juniors in recent years.
"HeartKids is a wonderful charity and we want the money used to help families and eventually find a cure for congenital heart disease,” she said.
Natalie Nolan said after son William, 7, was born, he was in intensive care for three months and in hospital for six of the first 12 months of his life.”
"One child in 100 has the condition, there are other children on the Southern Downs with congenital heart disease,” she said.
"William has had two operations and will have another operation when a teenager.”
When asked about his favourite rugby league player, William said it was his brother Basil Nolan, who played through the age groups for Collegians.
"My favourite NRL player is Kalyn Ponga and my favourite club is the Raiders,” he said.
HeartKids assists the children and their parents when in hospital with accommodation, transport costs and provides emergency meals for families and money for research to find a cure for the disease.
While some Collegians teams have secured places in the finals series, the under-17 girls' league tag side needs a win on Saturday to improve their chances of playing in the finals.
There will be a multi-draw raffle, a kick for cash, mini games and the auction of a jersey to be signed by all players in the Collegians under-16 side.