Belconnen Magpies player James Bennett. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Tragedy normally has to strike before we take action, but rather than wait the Belconnen Magpies are on the front foot in building a partnership with Lifeline Canberra, which they will announce on Sunday morning.
The Magpies will dedicate their round 12 NEAFL clash against Ainslie at Kippax Oval on June 14 to raising funds for the suicide prevention service.
Reigning Mulrooney Medallist James Bennett has a mate who works for Lifeline Canberra, which sparked the partnership.
Bennett said there were no personal reasons for the move, the club simply wanted to help out.
The Magpies will also help out at Lifeline's book fairs throughout the year.
"We obviously have a lot of young people engaged in our footy club through playing and there's 100 or so people there that we can influence to get help if they need it," Bennett said.
"We'd be desperate to try and do this work before anything tragic happens to anyone within the community of our footy club."
Bennett is yet to play a game this season, following off-season groin surgery.
He has had a couple of setbacks on his road to recovery, straining his adductor a couple of times, and he is hoping to return after Belconnen's double bye in an away clash against Queanbeyan.
The Magpies are hoping Simon Curtis (shoulder) will also return after the unusual two-week break for Belconnen and playing coach Jeremy Rowe is still recovering from a hamstring strain.
Belconnen are yet to win a game this season and sit at the foot of the ladder.
Meanwhile, Ainslie defender David Tow will play his first senior game in two years against the Greater Western Sydney reserves at Manuka Oval on Saturday in the curtain-raiser for the Giants-Port Adelaide clash.
Tow broke his leg in an intra-club game and is finally fit again.
- If you need to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
NEAFL ROUND SIX
GWS Giants reserves v Ainslie at Manuka Oval, 10.10am
Belconnen v Sydney Uni at Kippax Oval, 12pm
Eastlake v Queanbeyan at Manuka Oval, 2pm