The Blues and Jets tie in charity match

Peter Digiantomasso presenting the best on ground medal to Greenvale's C. Farchione. (Joe Mastroianni). 286081_04

Greenvale local Peter DiGiantomasso lost his only sibling Jack to Leukemia almost 10 years ago and his uncle a few years later.

Wanting to keep their memory alive, Mr DiGiantomasso started the annual ‘Leukemia Foundation Cup’ in 2017, where two local football teams play for the esteemed trophy.

On Saturday, June 18, Essendon District Football League clubs’ Greenvale and Keilor played what was an intense game of footy with the ladder-leading Blues leading up until the final quarter.

The Jets swooped in to tie the match at 9.9 (63)- 8.15 (63).

Each club was later presented with a plaque for their efforts and the Jets’ Christopher Farchione was awarded best on ground on the day.

Spectators dug deep that afternoon and helped Mr DiGiantomasso and his family raise over $1400 for the Leukemia Foundation.

There was a barbecue, bake sale and tin collection that contributed to the overall fundraising success.

“The weather was great, it was a good day overall. It was actually a good game, it was really close. And we’re really pleased with the outcome of the money that we made,” Mr DiGiantomasso said.

Mr DiGiantomasso and his family have raised $20,000 over the years in the hope of supporting other families in a similar situation to his own.

“If we can do something to help these people and hopefully one day find a cure that would be great,” he said.

“We’re just trying to raise awareness and funds because it’s so sad to see young kids and families going through this, it’s just heartbreaking.

“The game is about keeping my brother and uncle’s memory alive and that’s part of why I do it.”