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Byron Rugby players Cooper, Craig, and Will with Ethan Brock in their fundraiser jerseys. Photo Eve Jeffries

The Mullumbimby Moonshiners and the Byron Bay Rugby clubs are donning special jerseys this Saturday to help raise funds to support Beyond Blue and Down Syndrome NSW.

The Mullumbimby club will be celebrating its fourth annual ‘Moonshiners for Mental Health’ charity day this Saturday, August 3, at Alby Lofts Oval, Brunswick Heads.

The  day will include raffles, giveaways, activities for the kids, great food,and of course rugby.

A special jersey commissioned for the day will also be auctioned off.

All funds raised by the club will go to Beyond Blue and their work with mental health.

Mullumbimby Rugby Club is looking forward to bringing the community together to raise awareness for a very serious illness.

‘We strongly support the work of Beyond Blue and hope that we can spread the message that there are support services out there for people who may be suffering from mental health issues. You don’t have to fight it alone,’ said Dave Dixon, club president. ‘It’s important to remember that depression and anxiety are conditions, not weaknesses, and effective treatments are available,’ he said.

All the action will start at 1.30pm when the Moonshiners take on Ballina in reserve grade, followed by Bangalow versus Ballina in first grade. 

Byron Bay

Across the Shire Byron Bay Rugby will also be holding their annual charity day, which will support the work of Down Syndrome NSW.

‘There will be great rugby and proceeds will be going to Down Syndrome NSW,’ said Eddy Brown, club president. ‘We have special kits that will be auctioned off after the game.’ 

The physio for the Byron Rugby Club, Gemma Havey, has a son Ethan, who was born with Down syndrome in 2017. 

Gemma says the Byron players are awesome with Ethan and really supportive of her family. 

Action from 1pm at the Recreation Grounds this Saturday, when the Byron women take on Wollongbar Alstonville followed by first grade.

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