A dedicated round of Football matches on July 27 for Casey Tutungi
Football communities across Victoria will come together for South Barwon player Casey Tutungi with a dedicated round of matches on July 27.
The Geelong Cats’ home night game against St Kilda at Simonds Stadium will be the centrepiece of a money-raising effort organisers hope will involve up to 100 clubs in all of Victoria’s country and metropolitan leagues.
South Barwon joint coach and former Geelong VFL player Tutungi, 28, was diagnosed as quadriplegic two weeks after crashing head-first into the stomach of an opponent during a game on June 22.
He suffered fractures and dislocation of C4 and C5 vertebrae, leading to swelling and compression of his spinal cord.
Representatives of his South Barwon, Geelong and Lorne clubs, AFL Barwon, family representatives and other working party stakeholders finalised powerful plans for the Coming Together For Casey round yesterday.
It will aim to pour contributions into the Casey Tutungi Future Fund.
AFL Barwon general manager Lee Hartman last night urged clubs in Geelong, Bellarine, Geelong District and Colac District leagues to lead the way with money-raising efforts and said other clubs would be invited to participate.
“We have had several clubs offering different ways to contribute to the future fund, with fundraising through club functions, member/player donations, events, gate takings and this day would be a great way to get involved,” Mr Hartman said.
“The Geelong Football Club will also have fundraising at the AFL game on this day.
“A major function for Casey is also being organised by the working party. This will now happen in August. The Geelong Football Club will be heavily involved in this night.”
A Tutungi family representative said: “We’ve just been totally overwhelmed, especially that the football community has so much got behind Casey.”
“It’s a statement to how Casey is viewed in the sporting fraternity and the respect he earned in the way he played the game.”
South Barwon president Richard Holz welcomed a devoted round and urged people keen to help with appeal volunteering to contact Football Geelong or the South Barwon club.
More information on how to Donate to the Casey Tutungi Future Fund can be found here.