Kieran and Bec Van Jole with Lyla, 11months.   Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Kieran and Bec Van Jole with Lyla, 11months. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily John McCutcheon

Why you should get to the footy today

RUGBY LEAGUE: Sunshine Coast Falcons CEO Chris Flannery said he can’t imagine what the Van Jole family is going through right now.

Faced with the prospect of losing their infant daughter to a rare genetic disorder, Bec and Kieran Van Jole want to spend as much time as they can with their precious angel.

To help make that possible, the Sunshine Coast Falcons will host Lyla’s Family Fun Day at its home match against the Redcliffe Dolphins this afternoon (3pm).

Not only will you get to see the Coast’s best attempt to do the region on the paddock, with the help of one Melbourne Storm star, you’ll be helping the Van Jole family in a time of need.

Flannery said getting behind this cause came naturally to the club.

“As soon as I heard about it I thought we’d try and do everything we could,” Flannery said.

“Lyla turns one at the end of this month. We thought it would be a great initiative to raise a bit of money for the family and allow her parents to spend time with her.”

Kieran works 5-7 days a week to provide for his family, meaning precious time away from his terminally ill daughter.

It’s hoped funds raised this afternoon through jumping castles, face painting and raffles with prizes donated by the Sunhsine Coast community will allow him to spend some more time at home.

Flannery, who knows the family through his own children said it was a tragic situation.

“If it happened to you ... you just couldn’t imagine,” he said.

“That’s why we want to get as many people down there today and raise as much funds as we can.

“The Sunshine Coast community – as they always do – got behind this and donated some fantastic prizes. Mantra Mooloolaba, the Alex Surf Club, the Post Office, Tree Tops Montville, the Brightwater Hotel, the list goes on and on.

“We pride ourselves on community engagement and know we are only as strong as the community that supports us.”

If you can’t make it down to Sunshine Coast Stadium, you can donate to: SC Falcons, BSB: 124 161, Acc No: 2023 2537, Reference: Lyla.