“On this annual weekend we sing, we dance, we just enjoy what life is because in life you don’t know what’s around the corner. That’s really the essence of it.”
Bryn, Jason and Scott Robertson are the brothers and brains behind Brothers IV Brothers, a group of men from Knox Old Boys Rugby Union Football Club who play an annual game of footy to raise money for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. This is all done in the memory of their fourth and youngest brother Lachlan, who passed away from oesophageal cancer in 2013, and team mate Tim Cussell, who passed from bowel cancer in 2016.
It was these successive diagnoses that kick-started this group of “brothers supporting our brothers” as Jason describes it. Their first rugby weekend took place in August 2012. Lachlan checked himself out of hospital to attend the event and all four Robertson boys walked out on the field together for the first time, having never all played a game of footy together. “It was special that we were able to do that,” says Jason. “It was really all about living life in the moment,” follows Bryn.
In that first weekend in 2012, Brothers IV Brothers raised a phenomenal $100,000 for Lifehouse that went toward purchasing chemotherapy chairs for our Day Therapy unit. Just weeks before the rugby weekend came around again in 2013, Lachlan passed away, making the event an especially difficult experience for the brothers.
2019 marks eight years of Brothers IV Brothers, and the Robertson boys are amazed and immensely proud of both the money they have been able to raise, and the community that has been fostered out of such tragedy. “The community builds itself every year and provides a platform and mechanism to connect,” says Jason.
Having seen Chris O’Brien Lifehouse emerge from nothing but a shell, Jason, Bryn and Scott are so glad they can see the difference their money raised is making. “We saw first-hand how hard it was with Lach’s interaction with the medical community, so seeing what Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is today – a world-class research facility with holistic treatment, we think it’s just incredible.”
You can join Brothers IV Brothers and our inspiring community of supporters, contact Sara Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.