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Hawks head to Uluru for Gatters

Ryan Gatgens (middle) celebrates the 2009 Drysdale premiership with teammates Daniel Gage (left) and Luke Matthews. (Image Supplied)

DRYSDALE will honour the memory of premiership player Ryan Gatgens when the club attempts to complete a virtual run to Uluru on Saturday.

From 5 am to 5 pm Saturday, the Hawks will aim to cover the 2,319kms from their Mortimer Oval base to one of Australia’s most famous landmarks.

This run comes a couple of weeks after the club covered the distance from Drysdale to Adelaide.

President David Walder said they’ll be raising money for a good cause at the same time.

“The club was rocked last year by the death of Ryan, who was a much-loved son of the club, and a premiership player and a best-and-fairest winner, from mental health issues,” Walder said.

“After speaking his parents, Shane and Libby, we’d decided we’d try and put a bit back into that mental health area.

“So, we’re trying to raise some money for Hope Bereavement, who are fantastic Geelong-based organisation.

“We’ve put it out to all of our players, our netballers, our junior section of the club, our past players, and supporters.”

With Gatgens wearing no.30 during his time in the brown and gold, Walder hopes that’s the figure participants can donate.

“Everyone who forwards the kilometres they’ve done on Saturday, there’s a link on social media where you can donate,” he said.

“Ryan wore the no.30 and we’re hopeful, if people are happy to, to make a donation of $30, which would be fantastic for a local organisation like Hope Bereavement that does so much for our community for people who really need it.”

Click this link for more details on how to get involved.

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