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An Emotional Walk For Wagga Boss

By Mark Brassel


Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s CEO Jason Ferrario is stepping out for a walk – but it’s not your everyday stroll.

Ferrario will be taking part in the ‘Big Three Trek’ over 150km from Sydney to Newcastle this month for an excellent cause.

Jason Ferrario all geared up and ready to go at the Wagga Racecourse entrance

“As CEO of Murrumbidgee Turf Club, I’m sure I’ll be walking in honour of many in the racing industry who have been affected by brain cancer and in hope that one day, through the money raised, a cure will be found for this horrible disease,” Mr Ferrario said.

“In 2009, my big brother Rick passed away following a courageous battle with brain cancer.

“Every day I wish he was still with us; he is greatly missed by all his family and many friends.

“Rick loved horse racing, a punt and for many years we both worked for bookmakers at various racetracks. I am always motivated by the courage he showed during his battle.

“I’m gearing up and making a difference by fundraising for a cause that’s close to my heart.

“The Mark Hughes Foundation funds vital research and support to brain cancer patients and I am going to walk 150km in three days from Sydney to Newcastle to help raise funds for this great cause.

“Donations made through this platform are secure and will be remitted directly through to MHF. Thanks to everyone that supports me and any donation is appreciated!

“The trek also has further special significance for me, as the founder of the Beanies for Brain Cancer Round in the NRL, Matt Callender, an absolute champion, was known to me.

“Richard Callender, Matt’s brother and I were trainee golf pros at the same time in the early 90s and are now both part of the racing industry.

The late Rick Keast – a widely respected player, coach and development officer with Country Rugby League & Rabbitohs player

“As the trek gets closer, I’m more determined by the day to compete and raise as much money as I can.

“And when my legs start to get tired, I’m sure Rick and Matt will be there in spirit to keep me going!”

This is the fourth year of the Big Three Trek that started as three mates going for a walk and has now led to the fourth Big Three Trek raising over $534,000 for the Mark Hughes Foundation.

On Friday 14 June during the NRL Beanie for Brain Cancer Round, the Big Three and MHF team will join hundreds of sports and media personalities in walking from the Sydney Cricket Ground to The Sydney Opera.

The 5km walk also provides an opportunity to promote the efforts of the 40 plus trekkers and the challenge ahead of them.

This trekking group will set off to walk 150km over three days crossing the finish line at McDonald Jones Stadium ahead of the Knights v Panthers clash to close out the round.

The group is a special mix of Brain Cancer Warriors, Family and friends of those that have fought or still fighting the disease as well as loyal Big Three trekkers.

And following along on the journey is an amazing support crew providing all the essentials from coffee to massages!

Jason’s donation link - CLICK HERE

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