WITH the mercury frequently dipping below zero over the past fortnight, slipping on a beanie will be as charitable as it is practical.
Nullawarre teenager Emily Blake and her mother Sue are spearheading a campaign to get south-west residents to “bang on a beanie” as a head-warming way to raise funds for charity.
The knitted hat push is connected to Brain Injury Awareness Week, which starts on August 11, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the 1.6 million Australians living with the disability.
Mrs Blake said her family has been involved in the initiative for more than three years after daughter Emily was involved in the 2009 Nullawarre school bus crash.
Community support for the teenager has extended to the Nirranda Football Netball Club with players specially donning beanies ahead of their match this weekend.
Emily is the Blues’ No. 1 ticket-holder and Mrs Blake will sell beanies at Saturday’s Warrnambool and District Football Netball League match against Timboon Demons. “The support from the community has been fantastic,” Mrs Blake said. “Everyone has been very supportive of Emily and we’ve sold about 60 beanies already.”
Both Warrnambool Special Development School and Nullawarre Primary School are also participating in the Bang on a Beanie fund-raiser.