Friends of Christopher Cowe who tragically lost his life following a sudden cardaic arrest will host a memorial football match to honour his memory.
Two teams made up of players from both Balerno and Currie High School will take part in the fundraising match – Christopher Cowe Community Shield – on Wednesday June 15 at 7:00pm on the 3G pitch adjacent to Currie Rugby Club.
The teams will play the match with the hope of raising money for two charities – Cardiac Risk in the Young and the Big Hearts Foundation.
Christopher, who was 15 when he passed away without warning in January 2021 of undiagnosed myocarditis, was an avid fan of the Jambo’s and was a huge fan of football.
It is hoped that the match will raise funds that will go towards providing heart screenings for young people at both Currie and Balerno High.
Father Ross Cowe, 49, praised his son’s friends and the communities of both schools for coming together and playing this ‘local derby’ in Christopher’s memory.
He said: “This will be a good opportunity to remember Christopher and is a great credit to his friends for pulling this together.
“It was an idea where there could be a joint focus from both schools with raising money for two charities: Cardiac Risk in the Young, a charity we have been raising money and awareness for since Christopher passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest and the Big Hearts Foundation.
“Gates will open at 6:30pm and buckets will be provided by the schools with funds raised being split between the two organisations.
“We really hope to raise awareness around why it is so important for young people to have their heart checked even if there are no prior symptoms or warnings.”
It is hoped that these fundraising efforts along with a Kilt Walk later this year and previous money raising attempts will go towards carrying out heart screenings through Cardiac Risk in the Young at both schools.
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