THE beanies are on and the Belmore Hotel is warming up for their Mark Hughes Foundation Winter Beanie Party this Saturday.
But, it’s not too late to get behind the fundraiser and join the fight against brain cancer.
The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a not for profit organisation formed by Mark and Kirralee Hughes, following Mark's diagnosis with brain cancer in 2013.
Well-known for his days as a Newcastle Knights player, Hughes formed the charity to raise funds to promote research, heighten awareness and support brain cancer patients.
While Hughes continues his fight against brain cancer, the foundation supports those fighting the same battle.
Since its formation, the charity has already contributed to a Brain Cancer Biobank at Hunter Medical Research Institute and a dedicated Brain Cancer Care Nurse at John Hunter Hospital.
Belmore Hotel licensee Andrew Kelaher said with the NRL fundraisers on this weekend, it seemed fitting to tie in a Mark Hughes charity event – and beanies will be on sale right up to Saturday night.
“Beanies can be bought online or at the Belmore Hotel for $20 with proceeds going straight back to the charity,” Mr Kelaher said.
“The night is free, with prizes drawn for the best beanie and a barbecue with gold coin donations accepted, which will be donated back to the foundation.”
According to the Cancer Council, brain cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer death in young people, accounting for more than one third of cancer deaths in children aged under 10.
Mr Kelaher said while the night was aimed at all ages, it was important to raise awareness for the younger generation.
“Brain cancer is something that is real, it’s happening and it’s affecting young children,” he said.
“It will be great to get the word out to the younger population to raise awareness.”
The Belmore Hotel’s Winter Beanie Party will run from 7pm with everyone encouraged to wear their favourite beanie or buy a MHF beanie to support the cause.