WITH over 1,700 people diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia every year, it is a reality the Home Hill Tennis Association is all too familiar with, after life member, Col Casswell sadly lost his battle with the disease last year.
In the hope of finding a cure and, at the same time, honouring Col, the Tennis Association will be raising funds for the ‘Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’ – the leading organisation for brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness in Australia – at a “Rally for a Cure” to be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022.
Over 23 teams from around Queensland have accepted the challenge to ‘Rally for a Cure’, which will see players partake in a challenge to play 12 consecutive hours of tennis from 10am to 10pm.
In addition to the main tennis attraction, the day will feature a variety of fun activities for the community with 100 per cent of profits going towards the Foundation.
For those who are feeling lucky, there will also be a range of lucky door prizes, raffles and auctions, with an autographed Ash Barty Australian Fed Cup Shirt and framed Rafael Nadal racquet up for grabs.
Col was an avid tennis lover who dedicated his life to the sport, alongside his family, who have been at the heart of the Burdekin tennis community.
He was also a Life Member of the Home Hill Tennis Association, Board Member of Tennis Queensland and the Burdekin Shire Council Citizen of the Year in 2021.
Col’s wife and a member of the Home Hill Tennis Association, Kate Casswell said “Col gave so much to the community that we feel it is only right that we pay this support forward by supporting the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to hopefully increase survival rates in other brain cancer sufferers.”
Acting CEO of Tennis Queensland, Elia Hill said “Col was a pillar in our tennis community and it is amazing to see Home Hill continue his legacy in such a special way.” Donations for ‘Rally for a Cure’ can be made to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.