The inspiration of the Club’s traditional and annual fundraising event “Mrs P’s Day” is Helen “Mrs P” Fraser, a woman who was truly dedicated to Merrylands Rugby Club, initially supporting her husband Steve Parker and then her son Michael who was playing when he was just 16!
Helen was given the task of managing scoresheets on the sideline and she later became Vice-President. Sadly, Helen passed away at a far too young age, but left a legacy of spirit and commitment that is so important for the Club.
This year, the Club wanted to remember Jade Taivairanga during the fundraising event. Jade was a former Wolves player who passed away after a short but ferocious battle with cancer.
The 2017 fundraising event “Mrs P’s Day for Jay” took place in August and was held at Holroyd Sports Ground.
“Jade was one of the good guys, a fabulous rugby player that played with the club from 2009 to 2011. This year we wanted to honour him also and therefore we celebrated Mrs P’s Day for Jay,” said Laura Sturrock, Secretary of Merrylands Rugby Union Club.
The match on “Mrs P’s Day for Jay” kept the Wolves fans on the edge of their seats since after a disappointing first half, they came back from 26-5 to 26 all. Then pushed it out to a final and winning score of 40-26. Wolves have never lost a Mrs P’s Day match, and the 2017 game was not going to be the exception!
“We are very thankful to Merrylands Rugby Union Club and to everyone who supported this fundraising initiative. The ongoing generosity of the Club through their fundraising activities since 2012 is an example of their commitment to help us to support the delivery of medical research & patient care,” said Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager at WMRF.
For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager via email or on 1800 639 037.