Unite for Kurt: Former players walked to raise money for Kurt Drysdale. Picture: John VeageORGANISERS were overwhelmed by the support shown to fundraising efforts for Kurt Drysdale last weekend, with more than $60,000 raised for his ongoing care.
The Cronulla Sharks junior who turned 21 almost two weeks ago is in Royal North Shore Hospital, paralysed from the neck down after he was injured playing for Cabramatta in the Sydney Shield in June.
He has made some progress but is still not able to breathe without assistance.
The NSWRL held the Unite for Kurt round last weekend with clubs raising money for Drysdale through gold-coin entry fees, donations and raffles while Cabramatta players also wore specially designed jerseys.
The Sharks dedicated Monday night’s clash with Melbourne to the Unite for Kurt fundraising effort, with students from Drysdale’s former school, Endeavour Sports High, helping with the collection.
Former Sharks player Alan Wilson organised Small Steps for Kurt with the Men of League Foundation.
Steve Hart and the Allstars alsopresented aRock for Kurt event recently at Heathcote Hotel to raise funds and awareness for the young player.
The walk, which began at Heathcote on Monday morning and finished at Remondis Stadium before kick-off of the Sharks-Storm game, saw league identities help raise about $25,000 for Kurt. Cabramatta are also holding a fundraising dinner on Saturday night hosted by NSW coach Laurie Daley. The Woronora Dam Pipeline trail run on Sunday will also support Unite for Kurt.
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