Tin shaking pays off

By Liz Mellino

Shepparton’s marathon mums took to Mooroopna Football Club’s ground on Saturday, shaking tins to raise funds and awareness about protecting children against sexual assault.

Kathy Fuller and Narelle Pell are on a mission to run 12 marathons in 12 months to raise $100000 for the Goulburn Valley Centre Against Sexual Assault.

The women are halfway through the year-long mission and are hoping to attend more football matches before the end of the season.

‘‘Mooroopna Football Club have been super generous and jumped on board because they get the concept of protecting kids in our community,’’ Ms Fuller said.

‘‘It give us the opportunity to meet up with other sporting clubs, which kids are an important part of... everything we do is about giving them the tools to protect themselves.’’

The women collected donations at the gates and ran around the boundary at half-time to raise extra money.

Ms Fuller said they were ramping up efforts with a number of events planned for the coming months.

President Darren Hall said the club was happy to help the women achieve their goal.

‘‘We were more than happy to help out in any small way, so that they can raise some money to help them get towards their goal,’’ Mr Hall said.

‘‘That’s what footy clubs are about in the country, community clubs trying to put back in the community... we would never say no to something like that.’’