Bellingen Bulldogs junior AFL club to participate in Zaidee's round charity event

Zaidee Turner

Zaidee Turner

The Bellingen Bulldogs, Nambucca Valley Lions and South West Rocks Dockers will be wearing rainbow laces in Sunday’s matches to support a great cause.

The three clubs are marking their round 14 matches as Zaidee’s Round and will be wearing the rainbow laces to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation. This is the second successive year that AFL North Coast and the clubs have supported this worthy charity.

The round is named in honour of Zaidee Turner who was just 7 years old when she died in 2004 from a Cerebral Aneurism.

Zaidee donated her organs and tissues which resulted in the lives of seven other people being improved or saved. Zaidee was the only child in Victoria under the age of 16 years to donate her organs and tissues in 2004.

Currently, there are more than 1,400 people on the national transplant waiting list in Australia. More than 50 of those waiting are children.

Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation exists to give children and adults of all ages a second chance in life by helping to inspire discussion about organ and tissue donation.

It is hoped that the wearing of the rainbow laces will inspire families across the region to have a conversation about organ and tissue donation.

The three clubs will be involved in matches on Sunday as follows:

Bellingen Bulldogs: Under 11 v Coffs Breakers (away), at Fitzroy Oval, Coffs Harbour at 9:30am

                                Under 13 v Coffs Breakers (away), at Fitzroy Oval, Coffs Harbour at 10:55am

                                Under 15 v Sawtell Toormina Saints (home), at Connell Park, Bellingen at 12:20pm

Nambucca Valley Lions:  Under 13 v Sawtell Toormina Saints (away), Richardson Park, Sawtell at 10:55am

South West Rocks Dockers: Under 11 v Macleay Valley Eagles (home), South West Rocks Sporting Fields, South West Rocks at 9:30am

To find out more about the issue and to get your own pair of rainbow shoe laces visit zaidee.org.