Cricket fest for funds to aid MND sufferers

Dean Findlay holds a picture of his wife. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d396257
Dean Findlay holds a picture of his wife. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d396257

Special guests include Aussie cricket stars Brad Hogg and Justin Langer.

Hosted by the Halls Head Cricket Club, the Twenty20 cup will feature international cricket umpire Peter McConnell, former Fremantle Dockers players Troy Cook and Daniel Bandy and local footy talent Rod Tregenza.

Ocean Road Primary School principal Dean Finlay began the cup in honour of his late wife Maree Finlay.

Mrs Finlay suffered from Motor Neurone Disease ” a terminal neurological condition that robs patients of their ability to speak, move and eat, but leaves their minds intact.

Mr Finlay said it was his wife’s dying wish to provide suitable transport for Motor Neurone Disease sufferers in the Peel region.

‘Maree was diagnosed with the disease at just 37 years old and after a three-year battle passed away two weeks before Christmas in 2007,’ he said.

‘Unfortunately we did not have access to suitable transport throughout Maree’s battle with the disease and we became very frustrated at having to use costly maxi-taxis or even ambulances to accommodate her paralysed body and the wheelchair she was confined to.’

Money raised at previous Finlay Cup matches has gone toward the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible Hiace.

Funds raised at the 2013 event will go towards the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the van so it can continue to service the community.

The Finlay Cup Celebrity T20 will kick off at 3.30pm while Peel North will take on the South All Stars in the opening match at noon.

Aussie sports stars will go head to head with Mandurah business people including Senior Sergeant Dean Snashall of Mandurah Police, Good Guys Mandurah owner Paul Turnor and Edward Janiec from Murphy’s Irish Pub.

Tickets are $5 for adults, with free entry for children under 15.