Miles and Walters to lead guest speaking charge in Ipswich
QUEENSLAND league legends Gene Miles and Steve Walters will be the guest speakers at men's group Swich On's luncheon on Friday at Brothers Leagues Club.
Funds raised on the day will go towards the QRL's 'Turn to Me' program and Ipswich muscular dystrophy sufferer Ryan Czernia.
Swich On vice-president Grant Lowe said the 'Turn to Me' initiative was started by former NRL players Petero Civoniceva and Isaak Ah Mau. "Petero can't make it on the day but Isaak is coming along," Lowe said.
"Turn to Me deals with depression among young footballers. Because we have a sporting culture amongst our group, we thought it would be good initiative to align ourselves with to raise some money and awareness
"Swich On is all about men's related health initiatives and with Ryan we were able to focus on something local.
"Ryan has got muscular dystrophy and we have already paid out the balance on a car that he had fitted out for him.
"The previous car that he had had down 1.4 million kilometres and was about to blow up.
"He needed the funds for the new car by a cut-off date so we have already paid off the $5000 and will put that aside on the day."
Lowe said Czernia was active in disabled sports and he will be there on the day with his family.
Swich On has pulled off a major coup by getting Miles and Walters to speak on the day.
"We got Gene Miles through XXXX and originally we were after Kevin Walters," Lowe said.
"He couldn't make it so Kevvie said his brother would do it.
"Steve is really funny. I've seen him speak a couple of times.
"I haven't seen Gene Miles talk but I have heard he is a good speaker as well."
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