AROUND 300 people are expected to attend a benefit day for Marshall Loadsman – dubbed ‘Holler for Marshall’ to be held at Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club this Saturday, February 9.
This will include some of the greats of Australian rugby league.
Proceeds from the day will benefit Tuncurry resident and Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club employee Marshall Loadsman, who suffered a severe stroke late last year.
This has completely demobilised the left side of his body.
Marshall is currently recovering in the Baptist Care Kularoo Gardens, Forster.
He has been involved with sport all his life.
Marshall would be best remembered as the rugby league caller for Radio 2RE, a position he held for nearly 20 years.
He was a master of the art and his descriptions of Group Three Rugby League games drew thousands of listeners.
After moving to Tuncurry from Taree Marshall became heavily involved in the Great Lakes community.
He was on the board of the committee that organised the Australian Ironman Triathlon when it was held at Forster-Tuncurry.
He has a passion for powerboat racing and was a member of the Mid North Coast Speed Boat Club and the Taree Aquatic Powerboat Club, while he also assisted the Forster-Tuncurry Rugby League Club and the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Clubs with promotions.
Marshall was the publicity officer for the Mid North Coast Branch of the Men of League.
The Men of League will be supporting Saturday’s benefit.
Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club manager Terry Green hopes to raise between $15,000 to $20,000 from Saturday’s function.
“The support from the community has been unbelievable,’’ Terry said.
“Heaps of things have been donated to auction or for raffles.’’
Door will open at noon on Saturday with the function to start around 12.30.
There’ll be interviews with a cross section of sporting personalities, particularly those involved with the Men of League.
Three night’s accommodation at Hamilton Island with $500 towards airfares will be one of the raffle prizes.
Terry said the aim was to buy Marshall a wheel chair.
“That’ll give him a bit of independence,’’ he said.
Terry has been visiting Marshall twice a week since he moved into the Kularoo Centre.
“There is still a long way to go, but there are positive signs,’’ Terry said.
“I’ve noticed a marked improvement in the last couple of weeks. Marshall’s remaining positive and that’s fantastic.’’
For further information contact the club on 6544 6477.