MORE than 1000 North East junior and Auskick footballers will wear red armbands to promote awareness of cystic fibrosis this weekend.
Children from Wodonga and Yackandandah Auskick and the Wodonga Raiders and Bulldogs junior teams will wear a $1 armband with the funds going toward Border Cystic Fibrosis.
This weekend coincides with 65 Roses Day, a term often used as it’s easier for the children who are born with it to pronounce.
Parent Larissa Kernaghan came up with the idea on behalf of niece and nephew Cullen and Teilyn Holt, and a friend’s daughter, Sarah Beattie.
“It’s a life-shortening illness that effects our kids,” she said.
“It’s also good for the kids to think of someone else other than themselves.”
Mrs Kernaghan said the children, including her son Finn and Sarah’s brother Max, were excited to take part.
“It will make them feel like professional footballers,” she said.
One in every 2500 babies is born with the condition.
Life expectancy is at 37 years and many children don’t reach adulthood.
Border Cystic Fibrosis will also hold a cocktail party at the Commercial Club tomorrow night at 7pm.
For more information or to donate call 0400 913 992.