La Fiamma legends will take to the field for a soccer match this Saturday, raising money for Aussies battling with their mental health. Members of the specially selected La Fiamma Dream Team will lace up their boots – some after many years of retirement – to take on the Geraldton All Stars at Salvatore Scuito Stadium. Players past and present will come together, not only to celebrate the history and significance of La Fiamma as a local sporting club, but to contribute to a cause that has touched the heart of many Australians. Organiser Lachlan Gray said the idea for the event came about when the players came together for a funeral in Geraldton and — after going for many years without seeing each other — agreed that they should make more of an effort to catch up regularly. “They decided to hold an ‘old boys’ match to commemorate their time at the soccer club that had played such a big part in all their lives”, he said. “The inclusion of Beyond Blue in the fundraising effort was an acknowledgement that mental health issues have, to some degree, touched the lives of everyone in the club.” Gray, who is also the great grandson of La Fiamma Sporting Club founder Sam Scuito, has designed special jerseys for the match, which combine elements of the club’s traditional kit and the blue tree that symbolises the importance of being open about mental health. He hoped that bringing mental health into the realm of a family-oriented soccer club would encourage more men to talk about their struggles and seek help. The All-Stars vs Dream Team clash will be the curtain raiser to the La Fiamma State Amateur League team’s round eight match with top-of-the-table Perth AFC, in which the Reds are hoping to extend an unbeaten streak to seven games. The match kicks off at 2pm on Saturday June 11 at La Fiamma. Family, friends and supporters of the players are urged to donate to Beyond Blue Australia using the link https://fundraise.beyondblue.org.au/lafiammasc Anyone experiencing anxiety or depression is encouraged to reach out to Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.