FOR A CURE: Ted Storey, Sam Weier, Savanagh McIlveen, Zac Story, Hudson Body, Jayden Cloete, 'Red Man' and James Gallaghan are all ready for Jelly Baby Day.
FOR A CURE: Ted Storey, Sam Weier, Savanagh McIlveen, Zac Story, Hudson Body, Jayden Cloete, 'Red Man' and James Gallaghan are all ready for Jelly Baby Day. Meg Gannon

Club supports long time members through fundraiser

FOR more than 30 years the Storey family have been involved with the Wheatmen Rugby Club, so when Zac, 18, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age five, the club did everything they could to support him.

For the last ten years, the Wheatmen have hosted Jelly Baby Day, a round of rugby raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, working towards a cure for T1D.

On the day, players from Under-6 up to A Grade wear jelly baby shorts designed specially each year by Zac Storey, who now plays B Grade for the club.

Jelly Baby shorts are also available to purchase on the day, where $5 of the proceeds will go to JDRF.

For Brenda Storey, the day is as much about awareness as it is about raising funds.

"You look at Zac and he looks normal and happy and fine but what he goes through every day it's just so tough and I just want people to realise that these kids really are superheroes, they go through more in a day than we could imagine going through,” she said.

"Awareness in the community is huge, I feel safer knowing that he's in this great community where everyone knows him and everyone knows the problem and someone is going to be there to fix it.”

Since Zac's diagnosis, the whole family has been on a journey, learning about T1D and how to manage it.

"It never gets easier, you think quicker and understand it more to be able to make decisions but the actual job itself doesn't get any easier,” she said.

That's why finding a cure is so important to Mrs Storey.

"If we can find a cure, even if it's a prevention instead of a cure to stop another family and another child dealing with this at such a young age is just huge.”

Through Jelly Baby day Zac has met other children with T1D and has used his years of experience and knowledge to become their companion and mentor.

Jelly Baby day will be held tomorrow with juniors from 9.30 and A grade kick off at 3pm. There will be an auction of A Grade jerseys at the completion of the game.



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