Welcome to Binalong. Population 543. Home of the Binalong Brahmans and the hub of a tight knit community raising money for the NSW Motor Neuron Disease Association.
One year ago, Binalong Brahmans captain-coach Jason Brown felt the impact that MND can have when the girlfriend of his brother’s best mate died from the disease aged only 23 leaving behind her 12 month old child.
“Timmy’s (Jason’s brother) been mates with them for a long time and it’s the same for myself,” Brown said. “Personally for me with young children, I would hate for my kids to be in that situation.
“If we can contribute by raising some funds to try and stop the disease, that’s the ultimate goal.”
Having seen the devastation that MND can have first hand, Brown spoke to Binalong President Ben Spencer about what the club could do to raise money for the foundation.
When Brown raised his idea, he wasn’t surprised to hear from Spencer that others within the Binalong community were affected by the disease, including the cousin of Binalong’s League Tag coach, Johnathan Pack.
“Unfortunately, it’s a disease that doesn’t get much credit,” Brown said. “Quite a few families are suffering from it. It’s not real good, there’s a lady in Binalong who’s affected by it too.”
Throughout the season, players from Binalong as well as their opposition in the George Tooke Shield have been donating money each home game towards the cause.
Binalong’s fundraising efforts continue this weekend as Binalong will be wearing special MND jerseys as they host the Boomanulla Raiders before hosting an auction after the match at the Binalong Community Club to raise further funds.
Binalong President Ben Spencer was pleased by the efforts of the community in getting behind the cause.
“We’re a really tight knit community,” Spencer said. “Whatever is happening in town, they get involved with.
“Our aim this weekend is to raise as much money as we can.”
If you would like to donate to the Motor Neuron Disease Association, click here.