Fundraising Event For Muscular Dystrophy Tasmania - Craig Davis/Lucas Peters

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sherb

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Hello everyone

On this coming Sunday, 21st November, there will be a major fundraising event for Muscular Dystrophy Tasmania occurring in Hobart.

Craig Davis - originally from Tasmania and long-time Sydney resident - who played for Carlton, North Melbourne, Collingwood & Sydney in a career spanning 1973 to 1988 - will be pushing fellow Taswegian Lucas Peters in a specially designed wheelchair from Wrest Point Casino to the peak of Mount Wellington, a distance of 21km - pretty much all uphill - "The Big Push".

Lucas suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and is also a big Melbourne fan. Christian Petracca arranged for his family to get to the recent Grand Final and Lucas was one of the first people he celebrated with following the win.

This is being done as a challenge, so there is no online fundraising page - instead you need to "pledge" an amount and then follow up payment later. You can do this by emailing Craig at - c.davis@arc.unsw.edu.au

Craig recently turned 67. He said -
"Lucas stole my heart when we met a number of years ago. They say it's the hardest half marathon course in the world but it's worth it, even if my doctor thinks I'm an idiot."

I believe that Christian Petracca planned to be there whilst Davo undertook this challenge but is now unfortunately unable to attend. I'm sure he will be there in spirit however.

No amount pledged and donated is too small (nor, naturally) too big. I would be grateful if people here would consider contributing to this monumental effort being undertaken for a wonderful cause.

I'm posting this here because of Davo's connection with the Sydney FC and also Sydney football in general as a well-known administrator here.

For those who may not know much about him, Carlton recruited him from Launceston - also the Blues - as an 18 year old in 1973. His fifth game for the Blues was the 73 Grand Final, when he was still 18. He won the club's goalkicking in 1974. In a 1976 pre-season match, he suffered an horrific eye injury, and was advised by the club to retire, leading to his delisting at the end of the season. Defying that medical opinion, he moved to North, where he struggled to cement a place in their strong sides of 77 & 78.

He then moved to Collingwood in 1979, where he played 102 games in 5 seasons, kicking 251 goals. He won the Pies goalkicking award in his first season, with 88 goals. He won it again in 1980, with 52 goals and kicked 55 goals in 1981. He played in the 79, 80 & 81 Grand Finals for the Pies. He is one of many highly regarded Collingwood players from that era.

For many years he was a leading administrator with the NSWAFL (later Sydney AFL) and came out of retirement in 1988 to help out a struggling Swans side, some five years after playing his final season with Collingwood.

His son Nick of course also played with the Pies (including in the 2002 Grand Final), recruited under the father-son rule, and later with the Swans, winning the 2005 flag. And let's not forget that semi-final against Geelong........

Cheers & thanks to all.

Craig Davis
*Carlton 1973-1975: 42 games, 72 goals
(Suffered a severe eye injury in the 1976 pre-season, was advised by Carlton doctors to retire and was delisted by Carlton at the end of 1976)
*North Melbourne 1977-1978: 10 games, 20 goals
*Collingwood 1979-1983: 102 games, 251 goals
*Sydney 1988: 9 games, 17 goals
(Came out of retirement to help the Swans during a tumultuous year)
Total: 163 games, 360 goals

*Leading goalkicker Carlton (1974), Collingwood (1979 & 1980)
*5th game of VFL football was the 1973 Grand Final, at the age of 18
*Played in the 1973, 1979, 1980 & 1981 Grand Finals
*His son Nick played 168 games (235 goals) for Collingwood and the Swans from 1999-2008, playing in the 2002 Collingwood GF side and Sydney's 2005 premiership side

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sherb

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Just to let everyone know that Davo today completed the challenge. He pushed Lucas Peters, in a wheelchair, from Wrest Point Casino to the peak of Mount Wellington in Hobart - a distance of 21km, uphill - to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Tasmania.

This was three years in the planning and it involved a full year's training. I'm so happy for Craig and for Lucas that it came off successfully.

It's not too late to pledge an amount and donate. You can do so by emailing Craig at - c.davis@arc.unsw.edu.au

Thanks to everyone.

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