A gracious decision by 10year old Caitlyn and brother Sam to give back North Queensland Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston’s 2015 NRL Grand Final headgear has resulted in a $45,800 windfall for MHF.

After being lucky enough to catch Johnathan Thurston’s (JT) headgear at last years NRL Grand Final the siblings decided to return it to raise money for charity.  JT accepted their kind offer and donated the unique slice of sporting memorabilia to the Mark Hughes Foundation to help tackle brain cancer.

The online auction kicked off with a great segment on the NRL Footy Show. Within 24hours the Former Origin Greats (FOGS) Queensland announced they would match the winning bid.

The following week Mark, Kirralee and their kids went to Sydney to meet with JT for the Sunday Footy Show.  “It was such an honour to meet league legend and all round great bloke JT.  His support for MHF has been nothing short of sensational and we can not thank him enough for his kindess” said Mark after the meeting.

MHF had great support from the NRL Footy Show who aired a segment after the auction for a presentation of the cheque for the winning bid of $22,900.

Later that week Mark and his family caught up with Brett, Caitlyn and Sam Head showing them through the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) to view first hand the MHF Brain Cancer Biobank and see the amazing work that our researchers do.