Benji finds benevolence in a dad’s dying wishes
January 30, 2011
THE dying wish of Benji Marshall’s foster father, Mick Doherty, was that he help others as well as himself.
To that end, the Wests Tigers superstar began the Benji Marshall Foundation to assist those suffering from childhood cancers. The foundation has been up and running for the best part of a year, but perhaps the past week best highlights Marshall’s desire to give something back.
Just days after leading the Tigers’ clean-up effort in the flood-ravaged Queensland township of Goodna, Marshall attended to a tragedy closer to his native home.
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The Kiwi captain offered up the jersey he wore as part of the victorious 2008 World Cup side to KEA (Kiwi Expats Association) to raise funds for the families of the 29 who perished in last November’s Pike River mining disaster. The jersey auction, run by the Trading Post, raised $NZ6700 ($5200) and Marshall personally presented the keepsake to top-bidder Connell Burke at Concord Oval this week.
‘‘It’s pretty sad what happened in New Zealand with the mining tragedy and I was more than happy to help out and donate my Four Nations jumper,’’ Marshall said.
''It’s just a small way to lend a hand to the families that have lost husbands and fathers and are struggling financially.
‘‘It’s a jersey that means a lot to me, but I’m more than happy to help out.’’
And then there’s the Footy Rocks black tie dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 4, a fundraising partnership between Marshall’s Foundation and the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia.
Just another way to honour a promise to the man he called Dad.
Cultured_Bogan last edited by
It’s acts like this that make me feel proud that our club is community orientated and we have such a talented player like Benji that feels that priviledge is not a right but responsibility.
Good on you Benji, you’re a champion of the highest order!
Good stuff Benj……you have a great heart!
Leroy_The_Tigers_Fan last edited by
Just think how much the Jumper would have raised if there had been a little publicity on this forum alone.
Too true Leroy, that jumper has gone pretty cheap. I bet there’s more than a few on here who would have paid more for it.