COMMUNITY support is growing for Volleyball Horsham’s 24-hour charity volleyball marathon.
Association teams will play continuously from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday at St Brigid's College’s gym to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research.
The tournament is in support of Murtoa volleyballer Jess Warrick, who has cystic fibrosis.
Volleyball Horsham president David Berry said the idea of a 24-hour marathon was raised in July and was embraced by the league.
“Once every three or four weeks, Jess has to spend some time at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and when she’s not there, she’s on the volleyball court,” he said.
“Matthew Berry and Tim Popple came up with the idea that we should do a marathon for her to raise money for cystic fibrosis and to go towards our 20th anniversary tournament next month.
Money will be evenly split.
“Jess is doing really well and is always having a dip, so we thought why not?”
He said there was already terrific community support for the idea, with $3000 worth of items for a raffle donated, along with $2000.
Between the raffle and public donations during the tournament, Berry said Volleyball Horsham was hopeful it could raise up to $8000.
“Sometimes it’s all about ‘take, take, take’ from the community, but if you can give something back it’s really good and this is our way of showing we can give something back,” he said.
There will be 28 teams playing in the tournament across men’s, women’s and junior grades.
Berry said the tournament was open to the public from noon to midnight on Saturday and 8am to noon on Sunday.