Knox, Greens back 'Lift for Joey' Campaign

Victorian clubs rally around Joey Lynch

By Craig MacKenzie

Knox City and Playstation 4 NPL champion Bentleigh Greens are using their upcoming practice match to support the ‘Lift for Joey’ campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to raise $800,000 to send Hodgkin’s Lymphoma sufferer Joey Lynch (pictured above) to the University of Pennsylvania in the US for a clinical trial that could save his life.

Since being diagnosed at 16, 23-year-old Lynch has undergone chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplants but has exhausted all curative options in Australia.

Lynch, a lifelong football fan, is the son of Fairfax football writer Michael Lynch and the football community has rallied to the cause with funds edging towards half the required total.

You can make donations by clicking on the link at https://supportjoey.everydayhero.com/au/joey

The website homepage explains how indebted Lynch feels towards those who support him.

“I want to thank everyone who gives whatever they can to support me in my journey. I have no way of reaching the USA, and by extension continuing to live, without the support of others and words can’t express the gratitude I have for any support I receive,” writes Lynch.

Knox hosts Bentleigh Greens at Egan Lee Reserve on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 with the reserves kicking off at 5:30pm and the seniors at 7:30pm.

A gold coin donation can be made at the gate and a barbecue and raffle have been organised.

Knox has been raising money for the Lynch campaign during the recently held All Nations Cup.

It’s a cause that strikes a chord with Knox head coach Danny Verdun who was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year.

“It’s a great idea and when the committee came up with it we all thought straight away what a wonderful cause,” said Verdun.

“Knox also is a big supporter of the White Ribbon Foundation in fact the club raised $2000 at a recent function.”

Bentleigh Greens are much more advanced than Knox in preparing for the 2016 season and Greens gaffer John Anastasiadis is taking a strong squad to Egan Lee Reserve.

The Greens have been busy in the transfer market during the off-season and all of their new signings are expected to be on show.

The newcomers to the champions are striker Kamal Ibrahim, the reigning FFV Gold Medal winner signed from Port Melbourne; striker Ryan Paczkowski from Mornington; goalkeeper Kane Pierce from North Hobart; teenage defender Milos Ridesic, a former Greens player signed from Melbourne Victory; left back Nathan Tidmarsh from ACT outfit Gungahlin United; defender Josh Brindell-South, ex-Wellington Phoenix signed from Lions FC in the Brisbane Premier League; striker or attacking midfielder Danny Charalambous from Moreland Zebras; and defender Jakob Williams from Oakleigh Cannons.

Verdun is yet to fully assess his squad but he’s had around 45 players (including six keepers) at training and so far has added Phil Hawkins, Gavin Moon and Howard Andrews all from his former club Frankston Pines.

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