Far West Football League joins in donation for injured footballer

The Far West Football League has donated $500 as part of an ANZ-led fundraiser for injured South Australian footballer Tai Martin-Page.

ANZ bank branches across the state are hosting ‘Tai-day’ today to help raise money for Mr Martin-Page, from Laura in the state’s Mid North, who was left paralysed in an on-field clash while playing in Northern Territory earlier this year.

The clash dislocated his vertebrae in two places and damaged his spinal cord.

ANZ Ceduna branch manager Kathy Piatnicki said they were happy to support Mr Martin-Page with the fundraiser as he begins rehab in Adelaide.

“We are proud to support the cause and it is great to see support coming from as far as the Far West of the state,” she said.

“We are getting collaboration from the community 600 kilometres away from where he is from and it is great to have the community behind it.”

She said they hoped to raise as much as possible to help Mr Martin-Page.

Far West Football League president Ron Redford hoped others would come on board to support the fundraiser.

“We are happy to have donated to the cause,” he said.

“There are 26 leagues in the state and all should participate no matter how big or small they are, as he is part of the overall football family.

“It could happen here too, so let’s look after all in the family.”

Ms Piatnicki said the bank would be accepting donations until the end of February to support Mr Martin-Page.

People can also leave messages for Mr Martin-Page when they make a donation.