Icy slide at Great Northern Football League game to raise motor neurone disease awareness

Peter SweeneyGeraldton Guardian
Mark Houston is behind the MND day at Chapman Valley on Saturday.
Camera IconMark Houston is behind the MND day at Chapman Valley on Saturday. Credit: Peter Sweeney

The idea of a “big freeze” in the Valley has been in Mark Houston’s mind for a few years.

It fast-tracked its way to the front when Houston’s Mandurah-based mum, Lorelle, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease just before Christmas.

That’s when the Geraldton insurance broker and former Chapman Valley football coach made an awareness and fundraising event a priority.

Lorelle Houston.
Camera IconLorelle Houston. Credit: Supplied

It happens at Nabawa this coming Saturday when the Royals meet neighbours Northampton in a Great Northern Football League match.

And it’s when 12 club stalwarts, including former star players, will go down “the slide”.

They include Kevin Mazzuchelli — rated by most as the best player produced in the GNFL — and Kasey Green, a local product who played for the West Coast Eagles.

Media personalities and Chapman Valley backers Glenn Barndon and Grant Woodhams will also get wet.

“Motor neurone is a serious matter, but I wanted to do something where people had fun,” Houston said.

“The club is right behind me and it’s been an easy sell. We will sell beanies and there will be raffles, but it’s more about awareness and having some fun.

“As for Mum, her condition has deteriorated quite rapidly and Dad (Phillip) has had to quit work and be a full-time carer.

“She’s pretty much lives in the lounge room at home.”

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