In 2012 the Myors family’s life was turned upside down. Ian and Kelly’s daughter Chloe went to school like any other day and collapsed just after the first bell.
Having suffered from a brain aneurysm, Chloe was airlifted to the RCH. Three days later, Ian, Kelly and Chloe’s little brother Ben said their final goodbyes to their beloved 11-year-old daughter and sister.
In 2017, following a Memorial Day held annually for bereaved families at the RCH, Ben told dad Ian that he wanted to do something to raise money for the hospital and the idea for ‘The Chloe Clash’ was born.
“In the car on the way home, Ben said to me that he wanted to raise money for the hospital and honour Chloe. It’s remarkable what the hospital does to support families like ours who have lost children, they continue to support us,” Ian said.
Within an hour Ben had come up with a unique concept. Now in its second year, the 24-hour non-stop marathon sports game is part netball, part basketball. Netball was the game Chloe excelled at and loved and basketball is Ben’s sport of choice. While it may sound confusing, rules are fairly simple and when the ball crosses the centre line, it becomes the other sport.
Over 50 players took part this year and along with donated prizes from a silent auction and jumpers being sold, it raised over $13,000, taking the total money raised over the two years to $22,000.
“For Ben to have this event to remember and honour Chloe is the best thing, he’s really keen to grow the event and raise even more money for the hospital,” Ian said.