There was more than just championship points at stake for Sinclair McDonald’s Rockingham Flames men’s player Travis Durnin during last weekend’s return to NBL1 West action, with the Flames forward on a mission to help raise money for a special cause.
Around Australia, all NBL1 fixtures between May 7-9 were designated as Play4BCNA Round to coincide with Mother’s Day and support Breast Cancer Network Australia by raising funds to help all Australian women and men affected by breast cancer.
While clubs across NBL1 West showed support in their own ways, from pink being highlighted in stadiums, players wearing pink socks and coaching and team staff wearing special t-shirts, Durnin decided to go an extra step and pledged a $2 donation for every point, rebound and assist he registered across the club’s two fixtures during the special round.
BCNA’s cause is especially close to Durnin as his aunt was taken by cancer seven years ago, and he said it was the very least he could do to help fight an affliction that affects millions of Australians.
“Losing my aunty was one of the hardest things me and my family have ever been through,” he said.
“To be able to donate to Breast Cancer Network Australia was a no brainer and every little bit counts and will help others. The support I had behind me was was huge and I had a number of people message me to say they would match my donation and that helped me to raise more than $788.”
Durnin was one of the Flames’ better players in their 83-65 loss to Willetton last Saturday night, with his 11 points, 9 rebounds and assist starting his donation total at $42.
He followed up on Sunday against his former club the Southwest Slammers with another impressive performance adding 17 points, 8 rebounds and an assist for a further $52 pledged.
Durnin said he was especially appreciative of the support he received from a number of close friends and his nan and pop.
The Flames also raised $526.95 on the night for BCNA.
If you or someone you know has been affected by breast cancer, visit www.bcna.org.au or call the BCNA Helpline on 1800 500 258 for information and support, or to make a donation.