When our ALDI MiniRoos Half-time Heroes run on to the pitch during the Caltex Socceroos game on Tuesday night there will be a super hero among them – little Hughie!
Hughie has been sick since birth with a series of severe complications that leave him struggling through each and every day.
The courageous kid has several organ malformations and also suffers from chronic lung disease as well as painful conditions that mean Hughie spends over 18 hours a day receiving medication and nutrition through tubes.
But his mother Nicole explains that Hughie lets nothing get in the way of his football.
She said: “Because of the extensive nature of Hughie’s medical conditions, he is in chronic pain and experiences regular and debilitating fatigue.
“However Hughie has never let any of this effect his love for life and passion for adventure.
“He absolutely loves footie, and enjoys a kick about any chance he gets.”
She added: “This year he was old enough to join our local club, Kiama Junior FC. I was nervous to start with as I wasn’t sure if they would let Hughie play.
“They welcomed us immediately, and were so willing to accommodate Hughie and his needs.
“In order to help Hughie participate as much as possible I volunteered to coach his little ALDI Miniroos team.
“Like the club, the young lads in the team and their parents have been truly amazing and inclusive.
“It’s been a very special season for us all. They have become great friends in this fantastic family friendly, community focused, footie club.”
Hughie will now get to live his dream by playing on a professional pitch in front of a big crowd at the Socceroos game with his Kiama Junior FC pals.
Nicole added: “We’ve been watching the Matilda’s recently as his big sister, Isla, loves Sam Kerr. During the highlights the Socceroos advert was on and a Hughie asked if we could go.
“I try and fill Hughie’s good days with as much adventure as possible, making as many memories as possible so I thought I would ask the FFA if it was possible for Hughie and his team to somehow be part of the Socceroos game against Syria.
“And we were blown away when we were told that Hughie and his team would get to play on the pitch at half-time. This is his dream come true.”