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NRL Beanie for Brain Cancer Round on the ball again for MHF


The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) will be front and centre again this weekend as the NRL gears up to host the annual Beanie for Brain Cancer Round.

One of biggest events on the fundraising calendar, it kicks off on Thursday 13 June when the Cronulla Sharks tackle the Dolphins at Points Bet Stadium.

Hughes’ beloved Newcastle Knights then face champions Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium three days later.

That showdown also coincides with the end of the Big Three Trek, which features a group of legends walking 150km to amass funds for brain cancer research.

The crew, which departs Sydney, is expected to arrive at McDonald Jones Stadium ahead of the 16 June showdown.

MHF co-founder Mark Hughes admitted the popularity of the Beanie for Brain Cancer Round, now in its 11th year, still amazed him.

“I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved during that time,” he said.

“And, listening to people’s stories, and hearing we’re giving them hope, is amazing.

“To think it all began here in Newcastle brings a smile to my face.

“But, we won’t stop until we find a cure.”

He can’t thank those behind the Big Three Trek enough either.

“What started as three mates going for a walk has led us to fourth edition, raising more than $534,000 for the foundation,” Hughes said.

“Each year, the occasion – and Beanie for Brain Cancer Round – gets bigger and bigger.

“My gratitude always goes to organisers Luke and Ella, as well as their amazing sponsors.”

The tremendous support for the MHF is expected to continue in 2024, with the latest batch of chocolate brown and multi-coloured beanies on sale.

“We try to change them up every 12 months,” he said.

“However, it’s not just about keeping you warm in winter.

“This year’s design is more than just a fashion choice, too… it’s a beacon of hope and support for those affected by brain cancer.

“With every purchase, you are directly contributing to crucial programs.

“To date, we’ve raised close to $30 million and, in 2022, we announced a $25 million Brain Cancer Research Centre at the University of Newcastle.”

The beanies, $25 each, are now available at Lowes stores Australia-wide, selected IGA NSW/ACT/QLD outlets and the MHF website.

2024 NRL Beanie for Brain Cancer Round

Thursday 13 June

  • Cronulla Sharks v Dolphins (PointsBet Stadium)

Friday 14 June

  • Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Cowboys (GIO Stadium)
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos (Accor Stadium)

Saturday 15 June

  • Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans (Leichhardt Oval)
  • NZ Warriors v Melbourne Storm (Go Media Stadium)
  • Parramatta Eels v Sydney Roosters (Commbank Stadium)

Sunday 16 June

  • Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Dragons (4 Pines Stadium)
  • Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers (McDonald Jones Stadium)
  • Bye: Bulldogs

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