Aussie cricketer at Beef Week for cancer cause
SYDNEY Sixers and Australian Test cricketer Steve O’Keefe will be in Casino this weekend as part of a fundraiser for local woman Melissa Quinn.
Quinn lives in Casino and works for Cricket New South Wales as the North Coast development manager.
She is a cancer survivor who is currently battling another form of the disease.
“I’ve got a tumour in my leg and I’ll actually be having surgery next week,” Quinn said.
“It’s a bit of a tough time for me at the moment and I’m just looking forward to getting back on my feet.
“I’m originally from Sydney and Steve and I are actually really good friends.
“I extended the invitation for him to attend and he was keen to help out.
“I’d only started in my role six months ago after doing a lot of casual work for them, so to have that support from Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW is really overwhelming.
“My job isn’t an issue at the moment and hopefully we can raise some money.”
O’Keefe, who made his Test debut in 2014, will join in Casino Beef Week celebrations on Saturday.
He will be bringing a number of items from Cricket Australia to auction as part of the fundraiser.
The auction will be held in the main arena alongside the cattle auctions from about 1pm on Saturday.
O’Keefe will also be on hand from 11.30am to meet and greet fans, and hand out some Sixers promotional materials along the way.
“Steve is a really great guy and he enjoys this sort of thing,” Quinn said.
“I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to the Beef Week experience and it’s a great chance for everyone to come along and meet him.”
Cricket NSW has described Quinn as someone with “determination coupled with her passion for her work on the North Coast which has endeared her to all of the staff and players.”