A Wudinna man who suffered a spinal injury in a football game earlier this year has thanked those in the region who have provided support to him and his family.
Darryl Marshall was playing for Wudinna United against West Coast Hawks in the opening round of the Mid West season when he was injured in a contest, with a piece of his vertebrae ending up in his spinal cavity.
Mr Marshall said he was still being assessed for the injury as it was uncertain whether surgery was required.
“I’ve got an MRI in October, after the MRI they will decide if they should operate on the vertebrae in the spinal cavity or continue to monitor,” he said.
I'd like to thank Wudinna football and cricket clubs and the Pitboys, and everyone who's donated from the surrounding district.Darryl Marshall
Mr Marshall said he and his family were overwhelmed with the support that was received, not just from Wudinna but from across the area including Streaky Bay.
Further support for the family will be received this Sunday with the Wudinna Pitboys holding a fundraiser at the Wudinna Cricket Shed, in cooperation with Wudinna United Football Club and Wudinna Cricket Club.
An all you can eat lunch will be put on by ‘Pitboys’ from noon with $15 entry for adults and $7 for children.
Scott Allen is involved in the event from the cricket club and said Mr Marshall was a valued member, on and off the field filling roles such as player, secretary and junior coach.
He said the club was hoping to support Mr Marshall’s family in any way possible.
“If there are big bills to pay and if he has to have surgery...we’d like to have a kitty so we can support the family the best we can,” he said.
“The scariest part for his family at the moment is the unknown.”
Mr Allen said the event was open to everyone in the community.
He said more fundraising would take place next weekend at the Wudinna United Football Club centenary with the auctioning of some AFL football jumpers.
Mr Marshall said the family was looking forward to this weekend’s event and thanked all those in the area who have shown support.
“I'd like to thank Wudinna football and cricket clubs and the Pitboys, and everyone who's donated from the surrounding district.”