Bad Boyz raises $25,000

A LARGE crowd packed Maffra Memorial Hall to enjoy the stories and antics of the ‘Bad Boyz of Football’, Collingwood star Dane Swan, Richmond full back Alex Rance and retired Richmond live wire Jake King, on Saturday evening.

The Bad Boyz of Football was an evening organised by a committee, led by Narelle Gray, to raise money for St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, Melbourne, and awareness and money for research into the rare Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, from which Narelle’s husband Mark is recovering.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome affects the skin and mucous membranes, and requires hospitalisation and often months of recovery.

The evening, attended by 410 people, raised about $25,000 through ticket sales and auction of sporting memorabilia.

Mrs Gray said there was strong support from the Maffra community, with all tickets sold out soon after they became available.

“We could have sold double the number of tickets,” she said.

“Jake King rang me on Sunday and said ‘it was one of the best functions I’ve been to’.”

The evening was compered by broadcaster and ‘Voice of the ’G’ Tony Schibeci.

Richmond’s Dustin Martin was to attend the evening, but withdrew as he had to fly to New Zealand to visit his seriously ill father.

People wishing to donate to the foundation can phone Narelle Gray on 0412 949 109.