Brothers In Arms – Troy and Casey Tutungi
As soon as Simon Daly heard the news about his friend and colleague Casey Tutungi’s tragic football accident this season, the Falls Music Festival founder knew he could do something to help.
Mr Daly, Casey’s brother Troy, some of the biggest names in Australian music and a swag of volunteers are staging a full day music festival at Simonds Stadium this weekend.
A Show for Casey will see You Am I Allstars, Paul Dempsey, Regurgitator, Missy Higgins, Lisa Mitchell, Adalita, Dan Sultan, The Bamboos and Yacht Club DJ’s hit the stage the day after the Grand Final, with all ticket sales going towards Casey’s rehabilitation.
Casey suffered a severe spinal injury in an on-field collision and has been working hard in rehabilitation, as well as continuing to co-coach his team South Barwon, which won the GFL grand final on the weekend.
The support from Mr Daly, the local Lorne community, football clubs and businesses across the nation have continued to pour in, through club events, fundraisers and tin rattles.
Casey’s father Chris Tutungi said it had been amazing, and that all the love and support they had received helped the family stay strong.
“When tragic things happen, at the beginning you are very emotionally upset.
“To know people have been thinking about him, and to have that support then, and going forward, if it could have made Casey better, he’d be better now.
“The footy clubs, and all the people putting their hand up for different roles, a lot of people have said yes, and it has been fantastic and absolutely amazing, the support for Casey, to us as a family, we are very grateful.”
The Falls Festival Community Fund has contributed $16,000 and the Lorne Lions Club $5,000 towards the staging of A Show for Casey.
Lions Club president Stephen Hishon said “the Tutungi family are true community givers and we hope our contribution can help Casey find new ways to improve his body, which in turn will give hope and countless opportunities to thousands of people with disabilities around the world.”
Chris Tutungi said following the big weekend of finals football, if Casey’s health was up to it, he would be there, as he has been looking forward to hearing the performances of some of his favourite bands.
“He wants to thank the artists and bands there, and thank everyone who has helped. It’s such a good vibe at these concerts, it will be a great day.”
A Show for Casey is a licensed, all ages event, children 12 and under and people in wheelchairs and their carers are admitted for free.
For tickets ($50 plus booking fee) head to ashowforcasey.com. Tickets are also available from Ghanda stores and at Simonds Stadium.
Gates open at midday September 29.
All profits go to the Casey Tutungi Appeal.
* Written by ALI DEANE for the Surf Coast Times, September 24 2013