Community rallies to help 'Batto'
IN tough times the strength of a small community is often at its best, as mates rally around mates.
Tomorrow the Warwick community will showcase that mateship for a man affectionately known as Batto.
Collegians Junior Rugby League will host a fundraiser for long-time member and current U9s coach Brendan McIvor.
Mr McIvor lost part of his leg in a recent farming accident and is undergoing intensive rehabilitation treatment.
He has been involved in Collegians for the past 30 years and is a well-respected member of the community
Collegians U16s coach Tim Doyle said the club wanted to rally around the McIvor family in their time of need. .
"The idea is to help out in any way we can while Brendan is off work and to pay back in some way the contribution he has made to the club," Mr Doyle said.
"We have organised it on a day we're playing Wattles because they're our rivals but they're also great friends of the club."
A game jersey worn by retiring rugby league veteran Nathan Hindmarsh last weekend has been donated and will go under the hammer tomorrow.
It has been signed by Hindmarsh and team member Jarryd Hayne.
The first game of the day will kick off at 8.30am tomorrow, with the U16s set to go head-to head from 3pm.
At the conclusion of the matches a fully licensed bar will be opened and multi-draw raffles and auctions will get under way.
Mr Doyle said tomorrow is a great opportunity for mates to gather around with a cold beer and help out a friend in need.