Lacing up for a cause

Pic: Shawn Smits

By Oliver Lees

Lancefield Football Netball Club is lacing up for kids in need.

The senior football and netball sides will don gold shoelaces for their round two match-ups against Wallan on Saturday to raise money for the Childhood Cancer Association (CCA).

Lancefield Netball Club head coach Michelle Rix pitched the idea for the club to help give back after she had a close family friend’s child die from cancer.

She said although it was only brought up a couple weeks ago, everyone has been eager to make it happen.

“We’re a small town team that relies on sponsors and community support, so we wanted to do something that can give back to the community. ” Ms Rix said.

“Cancer is a terrible thing especially amongst children.

“We thought at least we can have some fun along the way with our players lacing up with goal laces.”

On average 950 Australian children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer every year, according to CCA, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing support to children and their families.

Gold is recognised as the international colour for childhood cancer awareness.

Ms Rix says the laces can be bought for $8 and encourages everybody, not just players, to chip in where they can for a good cause.

She said they didn’t have a specific fundraising goal in mind, but hopes that this can start an annual tradition that gets “bigger and better” every year.

“We understand the last 12 months have been difficult for a lot of people, so we definitely don’t want anyone to feel pressured,” she said.

“They (CCA) have been amazing, they didn’t ask us to pay up front and have been really supportive on short notice.”

Lancefield’s senior football and netball sides will have to wait until April 24 for their first regular season match, as both sides have a round one bye.

Laces can be purchased at this link: or by contacting Michelle on 0413 183 387.