FOOTBALL fans are set to push the amount of money raised during the annual Starlight Purple Haze Games past the $1 million barrier this weekend.
The annual fundraiser, a joint partnership between the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Fremantle Dockers, encourages fans to wear as much purple as possible and to make a donation to Starlight.
More than $900,000 has been raised since the first Purple Haze Game in 2003.
The magical million-dollar mark should be eclipsed when the Fremantle Dockers tackle the Gold Coast Suns at Domain Stadium on Saturday.
Starlight ambassador and Dockers forward Chris Mayne called on supporters to give what they can.
“Every little bit you give, that’s a story to tell your family and friends that can help make that difference,” he said.
“It’s been an amazing journey so far and we hope everyone can take some time to think about the role they can play in helping the Starlight Children’s Foundation become bigger, stronger and better than ever before.”Mayne’s relationship with the charity can be traced back to his own experiences as a child in hospital.
He was born with a cleft palate and had to have surgery to reconstruct his nose and mouth.
“As soon as I was able to speak, I had to go through speech therapy,” he said.
“Still to this day I find words hard to pronounce.”
Mayne said family and hospital staff left an important imprint on his life.
“It was a challenge for me but one I could overcome through the support of my family and the staff at PMH,” he said.
“Thinking about it really reminds me of what all these kids and families are going through and the support they have from the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
“It makes their time a lot more special and helps them achieve and overcome what they’re dealing with.”