Touch rugby is a game of fun, skills and absolute enjoyment. Usually played by six players on each side, this game is very popular among people of all the age groups. This time, this game was played for a noble cause, to raise the funds for people affected with Huntington’s disease.
Ellie-Mae Morgan, a little girl of 16 years was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease in March 2012. From then, her condition has only worsened. Since this disease is not a known one, her teenage elder brother, Harry-Jon Morgan who is a student of Hartlepool Sixth Form College has started the mission to make people aware about this disease and its symptoms and cure.
The young boy recently organised a touch rugby competition to raise the awareness of Huntington’s disease. The day was all set, the teams were ready and everybody couldn’t wait for the game to start. The total number of teams that actively participated in the competition was 10 including the ones from the college and all across Hartlepool. It was held at West Hartlepool Rugby Club in Catcote Road.
Harry-Jon, one of the most popular faces of his college rugby team and Billingham Rugby Club remarked that the day was great. He added that the teams from Brinkburn College, High Tunstall School, St John’s College, and West Hartlepool Rugby Club supported his mission to raise funds for Huntington’s disease victims.
Few other members who joined were from Harry-Jon’s own college, Hartlepool Sixth Form College. The teams raised around £160 and the best part was that all the teams and people present over were eager to know about the disease. The entire amount was donated to the Huntington’s Disease Association, an organisation that supports the victims of this disease and proffers information and relevant advice to the professionals.
Harry-Jon said that his sister witnessed the game with her carer and was extremely happy to receive the attention of all the rugby teams and audience present around the event. Since the competition was a great success, and the aim of spreading awareness was fulfilled to its absolute extent, the brother of a Huntington’s disease hit victim and his college rugby tutor have planned to make it an annual event.
Chris Hyndman, the coach of college rugby team supported Harry-Jon completely and encouraged him in his aim. The teenage boy added that even after he graduates college, the competition of touch rugby will keep on supporting the families of the victims of this disease. He remarked that all the teams enjoyed to the fullest, and even the members and audience that did not play the game were excited with the game’s fulfilled aim.
Harry-Jon said that presently, there is no cure for Huntington’s disease which is a disorder of the central nervous system. But one can know about its symptoms that include gradual loss of speech and mobility. The boy was able to enlighten the minds of many and has supported hundreds of people suffering from this disease.