By Casey O'Connor
The Stanthorpe Rugby League and Soccer communities will unite to raise funds for the local Cancer Palliative Care organisation in a fund raiser which is set to supersede the Stanthorpe Rugby League’s Pink Day.
It is the brain child of Deb Wilmott who has helped raised awareness and funds for the local cancer support group as well as being a strong supporter of both rugby league and soccer in Stanthorpe.
It was Mrs Wilmott idea to honour the late Peter Shatte and help to continue the legacy he left the Stanthorpe Gremlins and Rugby League in the district.
She took her idea to the Stanthorpe Sport’s Association who immediately got on board with the initiative.
Mrs Wilmott said, “The Gremlins do not have another home game this year so the lead will be taken by the Soccer Association this year with teams this weekend fund raising for Shatt’s Cancer Day”.
There will be Raffles and a Canteen operating as City play Carlton on Saturday and United play Ballandean Sunday with some sides even wearing “Blue” socks to honour Peter Shatte.
In 2020 the Shatt’s day will be a dedicated Gremlins home game with the Soccer Association playing games on the same day and fund raising as well. It is hoped that the day will culminate with the two codes coming together at Sullivan Oval to celebrate with a Band and BBQ. Planning for this is well underway.
But in the meantime you can show your support for Shatt’s Cancer day this weekend at the Stanthorpe Soccer games. The Soccer referees President Peter Patti has already pledged the officials on grand final day will be donating their fees to the cause. All funds raised will be administered by the Stanthorpe Sporting Association and distributed to the Stanthorpe Palliative Care group.
I am sure Peter Shatte would be humbled by this initiative and hats off to Deb and the organisers. Just another example of the generosity of spirit in the Stanthorpe sporting community.