Albert and Maree Rizk Memorial Match & Cr. Jack Ogilvie

Mr J. BULL (Sunbury) — On Saturday, 24 July, I attended a touching day at the Sunbury Lions Football Netball Club for the first annual memorial match for Albert and Maree Rizk. Well-known and loved Sunbury locals, Albert and Maree tragically lost their lives in the MH17 plane disaster on 17 July last year, along with 38 other Australians and 298 people from all across the world. Their children, James and Vanessa Rizk, showed a great deal of bravery and heart in speaking on the day, and should be immensely proud of the courage they have shown. As a former Sunbury Lions player for many years, I know how much the club supports its players and the local community, and this day was no exception.

I would especially like to acknowledge the club president, Jack Ogilvie, who organised the day but was unfortunately unable to attend, due to poor health. Jack is a former mayor and current councillor and well-known Sunbury local, and I wish him all the best as he recovers from his stroke. I would also like to acknowledge the club vice-president, Hedley Duhau, and committee members from both the junior and senior sides. The entire day was well organised with a great deal of thought, care and respect, and I thank Sunbury Lions Football Netball Club for having Jas and I along.