Mark Hughes visits residents in Maitland

Sonia Lim 3 Jul 2023
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RFBI Benhome Masonic Village had the privilege of hosting a special visit from Mark Hughes, the Founder of the Mark Hughes Foundation and Newcastle Knights NRL star.

Mark grew up in the local area and kindly dropped in to kindly share his personal journey and deep-rooted passion for an important cause – funding brain cancer research. As he addressed the audience, Mark’s humble nature shone through, captivating the room with his powerful story. He reminisced about his high school days, connecting with residents who shared similar memories having attended the same school or visited the same spots.

From his time playing football for the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs to his tenure with the Newcastle Knights, followed by his battle with cancer, Mark’s words resonated with everyone present. He emphasised the importance of cherishing every moment, urging everyone to bring out their ‘good China’ and make the most of each day. It was a reminder that life is precious, and we should embrace it wholeheartedly.

During the visit, Mark took the time to individually meet and engage with the residents, making each person feel valued and heard. The genuine warmth and kindness he exuded left an incredible mark on everyone he encountered. The morning was made even more special with a delightful morning tea, prepared with love by our talented catering supervisor, Jenni.

The morning also featured a raffle for a Newcastle Knights jersey personally signed by Mark himself, with the lucky winner being none other than our own staff member, Kathryn Legge. The enthusiasm and support from the community was overwhelming, as $500 worth of Mark Hughes Foundation beanies were sold, and a total of $465.95 was raised to go towards this vital cause.

This visit served as a reminder of the impact a single person’s dedication and determination can have on the lives of many. The RFBI Benhome Masonic Village would like to express sincere gratitude to Mark Hughes for his visit and the Mark Hughes Foundation for their relentless pursuit of a cure for brain cancer.

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