AFL Canberra to hold Sockit2MND Round in 2019

AFL Canberra Senior Competitions will be turned into a sea of blue in support of FightMND and the Sockit2MND Round on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of June. All First Grade Men’s and Women’s, as well as the Men’s Second Grade and Men’s Rising Stars Players will don specially designed Sockit2MND Socks for the weekend, to show their support in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.

What is Motor Neurone Disease?

Motor Neurone Disease is a horrible and debilitating disease that gradually takes away the patient’s use of their arms and legs, their ability to eat and swallow, their speech and ultimately their ability to breath, all in an average timeframe of just 27 months. Each day two Australians are diagnosed with MND day, currently there is no cure for the disease. FightMND is the leading independent MND Foundation in Australia. The Foundation has a strong focus on raising funds to support the best and brightest MND research around Australia to ultimately find a cure.

What is the Sockit2MND Round?

The Sockit2MND Round is aligned with the Big Freeze held at the MCG as part of the annual Queens Birthday clash between the Melbourne Demons and Collingwood Magpies. The Big Freeze now in its fifth year, is the brain child of AFL Legend and sufferer of the debilitating disease, Neale Daniher. Neale and his family through FightMND do extensive fundraising across the country, particularly through the Sockit2MND Round.

Sockit2MND has featured as part of the Football Calendar for many leagues across the country in the past few seasons, this will be the first time AFL Canberra supports the campaign, and also a first for sporting clubs in the region, which FightMND CEO Jamie Howden is excited about:

“We are thrilled to have such fantastic support from the ACT for the first time, through the Sockit2MND Campaign. Thank you to AFL Canberra and the ACT Sporting Clubs for supporting our fight against MND. The funds raised from the Sockit2MND Socks is vital in allowing us to continue to fund the best and brightest researchers across Australia.”

Regional Manager for Southern for ACT & Southern NSW, Steve Mahar, reiterated Howden,

“Sockit2MND is a fantastic initiative which hits close to home for so many people. We’re incredibly proud to support such an important cause and look forward to seeing all of our Senior Clubs playing in the socks during the round, as well as hopefully players from the Community and Junior ranks, as we look to grow our support in future years”.

AFL Canberra Club Orders

As it’s the first year of the campaign, and the tight timeframes for the ordering of the socks, the Senior Competition will be the focal point of AFL Canberra’s support, with the intent to expand this in future years. Community, Regional Clubs and ACT Masters will still have the opportunity to order socks if they’d like. This can be done by visiting the FightMND Shop. Clubs have been allocated the following Sock Colours if they choose to order.

Please note orders close on Sunday March 10th

Dark Blue Light Blue
Eastlake Demons Gungahlin Jets
Ainslie Tricolours Belconnen Magpies
Tuggeranong Hawks Queanbeyan Tigers
Molonglo Juggernauts Marist College
ADFA Rams Batemans Bay Seahawks
ANU Griffins Woden Blues
Cootamundra Blues Googong Hogs
Murrumbateman Eagles Yass Kangaroos
Southern Cats Goulburn Swans
Merici College Weston Creek Wildcats
Tuggeranong Lions Tuggeranong Bulldogs
Belconnen Swans Calwell Swans
Riverina Lions ACT Masters

Information sheets for club distribution can be found here.