Charlie Comben says visiting the Royal Children’s Hospital on Wednesday shines a light of perspective onto his own injury.
Two months post-surgery to repair a tibial stress fracture in his right leg, Comben was joined by captain Jack Ziebell, Jy Simpkin, Kayne Turner and Lachie Young, as well as the Western Bulldogs’ Josh Dunkley, Adam Treloar, Josh Bruce, Cody Weightman and Tom Liberatore on a very special visit.
“Coming here today definitely puts my injury in perspective ... it’s quite hard missing the amount of footy I have but coming here and seeing the kids today … really, I’m not really doing it too hard so it puts it in perspective,” Comben told North media.
“I’m eight weeks post-surgery now and I’ve ran twice inside on the anti-gravity treadmill so I’m progressing really well.
“I’m still hoping to get some games in at the end of the year and so far I’m on track, so the medical team have done really well with how I’ve progressed and I’m really happy with where I’m at.”
The Kangaroos and Bulldogs will come head-to-head in the Kick for the Kids game on Good Friday, a game that helps raise much needed funds for the Good Friday Appeal and Royal Children’s Hospital.
Usual rivals, the two clubs banded together to bring smiles to faces of some of the young patients receiving treatment at the hospital.
“We visited the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and gone around to a few wards and seen a few of the children, its been a really good experience for us as a club,” Comben said.
“Seeing the kids is hard and they’re going through hard times as well, but as an experience it’s really good and it’s really good for us to put a smile on a few of the kids’ faces that are doing it pretty tough.
“It’s a really good cause, the Good Friday game, and hopefully we can see a lot of our members there and people come to support the Appeal and also the North Melbourne Football Club.
“We love it when we get fans to the game, it creates a good atmosphere and the boys really love it and appreciate it as well so hopefully we can get a lot of fans out this week to the game.”