Marcus MacDonald (left) and Jamie McNulty
Marcus MacDonald (left) and Jamie McNulty

Heartbroken mum releases DVD

KATHY MacDonald is determined to see some good come out of the tragic death of her son and his mate in 2006.

Marcus MacDonald, 19, and his Goondiwindi rugby team-mate Jamie McNulty, 18, died when a car carrying them and three other players crashed on the way to Toowoomba for a colts grade grand final match.

The incident shocked the close-knit Darling Downs rugby community.

The Marcus MacDonald Charity was created by Mrs MacDonald in the hope that something good might emerge from the families’ loss.

The charity’s first project is a DVD documentary on the events leading up to the crash in 2006 and how the decisions taken and the choices made on the day ended in tragedy.

When completed, copies of the DVD, expected to be titled Choices, will be given to all year 12 students in the surrounding districts (Goondiwindi, Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe) and then reproduced each year for distribution to all year 12s in Queensland schools.

The students will be shown the DVD at school and given a copy to take home.

“We will be focusing on the lives of friends and family members and how those choices changed many lives forever,” Mrs MacDonald said.

“The point we want to put across is each and everyone has a choice and that those choices have consequences.”

“In the last three years we have raised over $30,000 and, with the DVD costing about $1,000 per minute, we are well on our way to having it completed by early next year.”

Darling Downs Rugby Union has supported the charity by donating a Waratahs jersey provided to them at the QR Reds versus Waratahs match to be used as a fund raiser.

DDRU has also asked the MacDonald family to present the trophies to the winners of the minor premiership and the winner of the Colts grand final this weekend.

Goondiwindi will feature in both the A grade and B grade grand finals on Saturday.

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