Jedd Arrowsmith spent his first Easter in a hospital bed fighting for his life as a tiny infant, by his sixth he took centre stage at an historic AFL match.
The Maryborough six-year-old was chosen to be the face of North Melbourne’s Kick for the Kids match against the Western Bulldogs last weekend, the first ever game of AFL football to be played on Good Friday.
The experience saw Jedd, who celebrated his birthday that same day, toss the coin before the historic match and North Melbourne defender Jamie Macmillan played the game in boots carrying Jedd’s name.
The youngster and the Arrowsmith family also had the chance to tour North Melbourne’s Arden Street facilities and enter the changerooms before and after the game, where they got to rub shoulders with more Kangaroos players and celebrities such as Australian cricketing royalty, Ricky Ponting.
Jedd was also featured in promotional material and a club video as part of Good Friday fundraising for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.
Selected by North Melbourne from a group of former Royal Children’s Hospital patients who formed a guard of honour as players took to the Etihad Stadium turf, the club said Jedd was a clear pick to be the face of the game due to his history with the children’s hospital.
View North Melbourne’s promotion video starring Jedd below.
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