Club kicks goals to help little Malia live a full life
Sunshine Coast mum Stef Prickett says she is overwhelmed by the Nambour Yandina Football community as they again rally behind a special cause close to her family’s heart.
Three years ago Stef and Brendan Prickett’s daughter Malia was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
While it was tough news to hear, the couple have since been uplifted by the immense support that has flowed, not just for their family, but charities that support others too.
One of their biggest supporters have been their local NYU club where they have been players.
NYU held their inaugural Kicking Goals for Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser last year, with the club gearing up to host the event again on November 28.
“The club has always been very supportive,” Ms Prickett said.
“It’s very overwhelming and I’m speechless with the support.
“When we went to them and said we wanted to hold this day again they just said ‘what do you need from us, we’re right behind you’.
“It’s almost breathtaking in a way and it’s crazy how much support we have.”
NYU raised more than $4500 last year from the event and Ms Prickett was hopeful they could exceed the $5000 mark this year.
A special premier men and women mixed game will again be held, with teams donning unique jerseys to be auctioned off afterwards.
The day will start at 1pm with a number of challenges followed by mixed games of reserves and juniors.
The Prickett’s daughter Malia will lead out the teams in the senior game at 4.30pm.
All proceeds from the event will go towards Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.
“We were blown away by the support we had last year,” Ms Prickett said.
“But, this year it’s going to be so much better and bigger.
“We’ve already had so many donations contributed and help from the community has been outstanding.”
She was proud to see the club host the event and was hopeful for her daughter’s future.
“Health-wise she’s been really good,” she said.
“We’re just taking it one day at a time.
“Because she is so young we don’t know how well she’s going to accept all the medication and the daily routines are all over the place because she is a toddler.
“But all of the medicine and research (for Cystic Fibrosis) is just coming so far.
“When we first found out about it they said life expectancy was about 40 years old but now it’s sort of surpassing 60.
“So, we’ve got a long way to go but it’s looking bright.”