DAN Haslam’s mates will host a charity night and friendly soccer game in his honour, on Saturday.
More than a year since he succumbed to bowel cancer, the fundraiser for United in Compassion was created by Tamworth FC, with a friendly game against North Companions to be held at Johnson Field, from 3pm.
The charity day and ladies day will feature a BBQ, raffles, cake stalls and face painting, with a pink theme in mind and with plenty of pink to go around.
On Saturday night, there’s a charity dinner with live entertainment and a two course meal at the Family Hotel from 7pm.
The dress code is semi-formal and of course there’s a dash of pink.
Money raised from the events will go towards United in Compassion, which advocates for access to safe medicinal cannabis products.
Dan’s mate Kurt Barrow from Tamworth FC said, it was a privilege to organise the event for his friend. He said one of the highlights of the weekend would be the friendly, but fierce, game against North Companions.
“I was really good friends with Dan and he played junior soccer at North Companions and senior soccer at Tamworth FC,” he said.
“When he was going through really strong treatment for chemotherapy, he still always rocked up to training and the games.
”As North Companions and Tamworth FC have a pretty fierce rivalry and always play each other with a lot of intensity.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity to establish a cup, to keep Dan’s legacy of United in Compassion and how Lucy (Dan’s mum) continues to do that.
“All the money raised throughout the day will go to United in Compassion,” Mr Barrow said.
Dan Haslam died on February 24 last year and was instrumental in bringing the issue of the therapeutic use of herbal Medicinal Cannabis to the forefront and into the national Australian consciousness.
It was no secret that he benefited dramatically in his pain relief from local Australian grown herbal medicinal varieties of cannabis during his battle with cancer, with Mr Haslam’s mother Lucy now taking the fight forward for the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes.
As the fight continues, earlier this week Premier Mike Baird and Medical Research minister Pru Goward announced doctors would now be able to apply to prescribe a broader range of cannabis-based medicines, following regulatory changes.
Mrs Haslam described the announcement as a “hollow promise”, with no drugs currently available in Australia.
Tickets for the fundraising event can be purchased from Kurt Barrow – email@example.com or 0428 613 500.