Friday, 30 August 2013

Football Friday! AFL, Essendon and Muscular Dystrophy

Regular readers of this blog will now that I met my best friend on Twitter. Daniel has become a bit of a fixture in my life, with his compassion, humour and friendship. Daniel also happens to have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It's not what defines him, and to be honest most days I don't really think about it, but DMD is something we do have to think about and have to fight, with everything we have.

One of my other passions in life, which you may not know about is my lifelong love of Australian Rules Football, AFL otherwise known in this house as "proper football". I love the speed, the agility of the players, the humour in the game, and its heritage. Scores are high, you don't run around for 90 minutes with 0-0 result at the end of it! Live games are marked by everyone sitting together, we don't partition supporters off.  My team is the Richmond Tigers. One of Joseph's middle names is Bowden, after the great player Joel Bowden.

Me at the MCG 2011

There is a link here between football and muscular dystrophy, please read on!. 

Now God bless Richmond and all who follow her, the life of a Tiger's fan is marked by the odd soaring high, and it has to be said, bitter disappointment, as year after year we finish at the bottom of the ladder, fighting not to get the wooden spoon. And thank God there is no relegation system in Australian football!

The big news for me this season is that Richmond are in the top 8, and not by the skin of their tiger teeth either. We are at number 5 which means we are in the finals, which is incredibly exciting and I am so thrilled for Richmond.

Sadly the big news for Australian football is a doping scandal which has sullied Essendon Football Club, and resulted in their coach James Hird being suspended for 12 months, and a $2 million fine.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association in Australia have launched a campaign asking the AFL powers that be to make a donation of this fine to them, to help further research into Muscular Dystrophy. This amount of money is peanuts to the AFL and of course not part of their budget, they won't miss it.

But this amount to a charity like the MDA will really make a difference.

We are getting closer to real treatments and possible cures for conditions like Duchenne. I want to see a cure or real treatment before I depart this mortal coil.

Please join the page and help the MDA get the AFL to listen.

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