Geraldton to host fundraiser for Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision

Jake DietschGeraldton Guardian
Nick Riewoldt of the Saints handballs whilst being tackled
Camera IconNick Riewoldt of the Saints handballs whilst being tackled Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Geraldton is set to add to its already generous support for a vital cause.

The City has already raised more than $10,000 for Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision — a charity in honour of the 26-year-old who died from complications due to Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome.

Her family, including her brother and former St Kilda football player, Nick Riewoldt, are on a mission to help fund medical research for a cure and treatments.

Geraldton organiser for Maddie’s Vision, Raeme Rose-Spinks, is hosting a community fundraiser this Sunday, February 27, from 11am at the John Batten Community Hall.

The event will include a sausage sizzle, memorabilia to view and items — such as clothes and plants — for sale.

Ms Rose-Spinks said fundraising for research was “a passion”.

“I want to bring the town together for something good,” she said.

“It’s an opportunity to come to a nice place, join in and be part of the fundraiser.”

Ms Rose-Spinks said the nature of the condition meant that funding research into Bone Marrow Failure had the potential to discover treatments for other diseases.

“While we’re searching for a cure or treatment for bone marrow failure, you never know where it’s going to go,” she said.

“When you open up the field of haematology you could find something that could work for treating leukaemia.

“So this cause can help a lot of people.”

Geraldton and Ms Rose-Spinks’ fundraising efforts have already been acknowledged by the charity, with Nick Riewoldt writing to thank the organisers for their ongoing efforts.

Ms Rose-Spinks said she was confident the Geraldton community would continue its generosity.

“Geraldton is a fabulous town, the people always rally and help each other out,” she said.

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