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Long-serving City of Casey councillor Mick Morland was a great supporter of the Casey Cardinia Foundation and a regular fixture at its Annual Charity Dinner, particularly since Casey became involved a few years back.
Mick wasn’t at the Cardinia Cultural Centre for the Foundation’s 14th dinner on Friday night, 13 October, having passed away after being hit by a car while walking not far from his Berwick home last June.
But his presence was still certainly felt.
After the accident his wife Kay asked that donations be made to the Foundation in lieu of flowers and that money – together with a significant contribution from the City of Casey – was presented by the Foundation in his honour.
The inaugural Mick Morland Memorial Grant went to the Casey Basketball Association for the establishment of a wheelchair basketball program at Casey Stadium.
His daughter Rebecca Sanders and niece Lisa O’Keefe made the announcement on the family’s behalf on Friday night.
They said Mick – a keen sportsman and fanatical Richmond supporter – would have been thrilled to think that the money went towards providing greater sports opportunities for people with a disability.
In a nice touch, Lisa later bought a Richmond jumper signed by the 2017 premiership team at auction.
Mick would have loved that too.
– Garry Howe

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