Old Ignatians Old Crusteaceans & Knox Brothers IV Brothers (BIVB) invite you to the first annual clash between Knox Old Boys Legends and the Old Crusteceans on Saturday, 23 August 2014 from 1pm at Loftberg Oval, West Pymble.
We are raising essential funds for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse – the newly opened state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research centre.
The Story So Far…
BIVB started as an idea in 2012 to get a bunch of “aging” rugby players out of retirement for one last game. We wanted to bring joy to loved ones who had fallen ill to cancer, increase the awareness for cancer sufferers and raise much needed funds for Lifehouse. Lifehouse now manages on average 1,300 patient appointments every week. Forecasts suggest Lifehouse will eventually treat one in three people in NSW. Our hope is to see this trend reverse or at least assist in making the lives of people living with cancer a little better.
This quest is personal for us. In 2013 we lost our dear brother and experienced first-hand the devastating impact of cancer. In response to overwhelming support from the community and a strong desire to build on what we have started together, we resolved to continue the BIVB tradition, in honour of Lachlan Robertson, serving as a legacy for bringing together friends, both old and new, and creating a means for our extended community to connect, share in the spirit of
brotherhood and make a contribution to improving the lives of cancer patients.
From a simple idea responding to adversity, BIVB has raised over $200,000 for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, which:
2012 – has funded the installation of 10 Chemotherapy Treatment Chairs
2013 – has assisted with the purchase of essential exercise equipment including treadmills, exercise bikes, weights and other related items
2014 – will expand the gym facilities to accommodate group exercise programs and increased clinical research studies
Exercise has been shown to improve fatigue, strength, endurance and anxiety in cancer patients and regular exercise also may lead to a decrease in recurrence and improved survival. Contributing to
this aspect of the Lifehouse is an exciting new development and something tangible for us to work torwards.
The Big Game…
The winner of this year’s game will be awarded the “Lachlan Robertson Cup” along with bragging rights for the next 12 months. The best on field player will be awarded the “Tim Cussel Medal” in
honour of a club legend who played in both 2012 vs Mosman and 2013 vs Petersham while undergoing treatment for Bowel Cancer. Both teams will be fi with heritage players prepared to put their
bodies on the line for another shot at glory.
There will be a BBQ and beverages service operating along with face painting and jumping castle for the kids. All ages are welcome.
The rugby match will be preceded by the annual BIVB Sportman’s Charity Lunch at the Blue Gum Hotel Waitara on Friday 22 August from 1pm. Past speakers have included Matt Bourke, Stirling Mortlock, Gary Ella and a pest with an uncanny resemblance to Matt Preston.
This year we will be joined by former Wallabies Legend Phil Kearns. Tickets for the lunch are $110 and are strictly limited. Please save the date and contact Bryn Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket reservations. RSVP your interest for the pre-release of tickets by 15 June.
You can show your support at any time by making a tax deductible donation at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/brothers- lV-brothers
We would like to thank all players, sponsors and supporters who continue their tremendous commitment to this special cause, and look forward to locking horns with the Old Ignatians in August.
The Robertson Brothers (Ben & Al King)