Footballers play for Sinclair
AS Jean Byrne addressed the large crowd gathered at Father Ranger Oval on Saturday night, she was unable to control her emotions.
People don’t normally cry at rugby league games, but everyone understood why Jean could not hold back her tears.
Her son has been critically injured. The former Australian polocrosse representative and star local rugby league player is now unable to walk and, at this stage, talk.
On Saturday night the Warwick Cowboys, in conjunction with the Border Rugby League, organised a benefit function to raise money for Sinclair – and in particular – a specially designed wheelchair to give him as much comfort as possible during his rehabilitation.
Sinclair and Sandy Byrne’s two sons – Cody and Morgan – attended the benefit function.
Jean was unable to say much, but what she did say obviously came from the heart.
“I’m just overwhelmed with the support Sinclair has received here,” she told the crowd.
“I would like to thank everyone for caring and making this such a successful night.”
Sandy also had the opportunity to thank the crowd.
“On a personal note, the love and support you’ve shown our boys and family has been phenomenal and I thank you all for that,” she said.
Warwick Cowboys president Greg Carey was the driving force behind the benefit night, and he told the crowd Sinclair was an elite sportsman who touched the lives of many people in the community.
“For tonight, the reason we’ve got such a good crowd is Sinclair touched the lives of a lot of people and it really shows we are a community who care,” Mr Carey said.