Soccer kicks in for charity inspired by one of their own

NORTHERN Inland Football chose a “local” charity as the beneficiary of its big end of season games, a charity started out of memory of a former footballer Daniel Haslam and his courageous fight against bowel cancer.

 Haslam died earlier this year but his memory and legacy continues through United in Compassion, a charity founded by his mother Lucy Haslam and Troy Langman.

United in Compassion’s mission is to provide compassionate access to medicinal cannabis as well as developing a facility, in Tamworth, to grow the various cannabis plants.

Northern Inland Football chairman Tim Coates and new general manager Gavin Flanagan presented Lucy Haslam and Langman with a cheque for $3200 yesterday.

“Funds were raised by players and coaches who obtained business club sponsors for the All Stars and Rising Stars fixtures at Ken Chillingworth Oval on September 26,” Coates said.

“This year we decided to support a charity of our own. It was a unanimous decision at the Council of Clubs meeting.

“It’s for a player (Dan Haslam) who played for various clubs.”

Lucy Haslam was delighted with the support.

“Daniel loved his football,” she said.

“He played for almost all the sides in Tamworth and they supported him.”

The $3200 will help push the United in Compassion mission to provide medicinal cannabis in a manner which is safe, effective and affordable for the dignified relief of cancer sufferers.

Lucy Haslam and her family, along with  Langman, have been the driving force behind the establishment of medicinal cannabis research in Australia.

“The support in Tamworth has been massive,” Langman said.

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”

 Langman said United in Compassion’s mission was twofold – not only to provide the compassionate access but also the “opportunity to kick off and establish a facility in Tamworth to grow the various cannabis plants”.

He said the Peel Valley was perfect for its dryness and irrigation.

Presenting the United In Compassion with some football funds yesterday (from left) Tim Coates (NIF chairman), Lucy Haslam and Troy Langman (United in Compassion), outgoing NIF general manager Steve Griffith and new NIF GM Gavin Flanagan. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 051115GOA03

Presenting the United In Compassion with some football funds yesterday (from left) Tim Coates (NIF chairman), Lucy Haslam and Troy Langman (United in Compassion), outgoing NIF general manager Steve Griffith and new NIF GM Gavin Flanagan. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 051115GOA03

 Coates said NIF was only too happy to support United in Compassion establish strategic partnerships with “community, private and government bodies”.

“We hope United in Compassion becomes a co-ordinated inclusive national resource, a hub to support, disseminate and promote safe, equitable compassionate access to medicinal cannabis at every stage from production through prescription to individual optimal well-being,” he said.

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