Hockey ladies hit the road for coach’s cancer fight

Saskia AdystiGreat Southern Herald

The Lake Grace Pingrup Ladies Hockey Team rode from Kukerin to Lake Grace in July and raised a total of $9850 for Lymphoma Australia.

The bike ride was organised by one of the hockey team members, Billie MacTaggert, who was inspired by their coach, Darren Clifford who goes by the name Daz, as he went through eight months of chemotherapy and a month of radiation to survive lymphoma.

Ms MacTaggert named the bike ride event “Doing it for Daz” as the hockey team rode the 40km road from Kukerin to Lake Grace.

The event was followed by a steak and salad night at the hockey club, which was attended by 150 people from the local community.

Darren’s wife Melissa Clifford, who also rode on the day, was very grateful for the help of the local community.

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“Our aim was to get $5000 but we got almost $10,000 — I couldn’t thank everyone more for their continuous support,” Mrs Clifford said.

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