Discus thrower Eli Farrugia needs help to go to nationals

Eli Farrugia holding one of his medals in front of the main prizes for this week's raffle night. Photo: Supplied
Eli Farrugia holding one of his medals in front of the main prizes for this week's raffle night. Photo: Supplied

A BEAUDESERT family is hosting a raffle night to help raise funds for Eli Farrugia to go to the Australian Athletics Championships.

This is the fourth time Farrugia has been chosen to represent Queensland at the national competition.

He was selected to compete in discus throw in Adelaide next month.

Farrugia has attended states for several competitions such as running, long distance running, shot put, javelin and discus throw.

In previous years, he has also competed in cross country and discus at nationals.

The talented athlete has only recently begun training with coaches at Jimboomba Little Athletics Club after years of competing without professional guidance.

Farrugia said he had a passion for athletics and was eager to compete in his final year of schooling at Beaudesert State High School.

“I have competed a lot of times for my school and club since I was 13,” he said.

“This will be the last time representing my school at nationals so I'm very excited.

“I am also a bit sad because it's coming to an end.”

Farrugia said despite the bittersweet end in competing in athletics, he was looking forward to volunteering at the Commonwealth Games next year.

Farrugia’s father Dean said it would mean the world to the family to see him represent Queensland in the sport he loved – discus throw.

“Coming from a large family, it is hard to continuously come up with thousands of dollars for all of these competitions so with great support from so many generous businesses, we are holding a raffle night.”

Dean said praised his son for his generosity and achievements.

“Eli is a great kid who works hard at everything he does,” he said.

“He is always the first to help others and was even recognised at the last school awards night by receiving a community service award amongst his sporting awards.”

Dean said he invited the community to support his son by joining him at the raffle night.

“Please come on down, have a great night, hopefully walk away with a prize and help us get our boy to Adelaide,” he said.

The event will be held at the Beaudesert RSL on November 4 from 5pm.

Various raffle prizes, including a basket hamper, and an auction item will be on offer on the night.