Melbourne Harlequins set up charity for injured Maciu

Friday, 22nd May 2015 @ 14:00

Harlequins were this week saddened to hear the news that Melbourne Harlequin Maciu Vosa, sustained a serious neck injury while playing against Melbourne University in March earlier this year.

Maciu, married and a father of two young children, initially spent six weeks in the Austin Hospital in Melbourne after breaking his neck and since being able to breathe on his own Maciu has recently been transferred to the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, where he will spend the next six to 12 months.

The result of his injury means that Maciu is paralysed from his upper chest down, with very little movement in his arms and has been told he will not walk again.

The 34 year-old’s injury has impacted all within the Harlequins family and the Club is  helping Melbourne Harlequins raise funds to provide short and long term support for Maciu and his young family, including a specially made electric wheelchair for the six foot six second rower as well as a number of expensive modifications to his home and car.

It has been estimated that Maciu and his family will need at least £125,000 over the next 12 months. In the long term, Melbourne Harlequins are looking to reach a target of £500,000.

As part of the Harlequins and rugby community, we feel strongly towards raising money for this cause and our thoughts go out to Maciu, his family and Melbourne Harlequins at this difficult time.

To visit Maciu’s charity site or to make a donation please click here.

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