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AFLW: Jasmine's special mascot opportunity

AFLW Mascot guernsey presentation Jasmine, who has been battling a brain tumour for the last five years, attended the Crows' open training session at Norwood Oval on Wednesday night

The Crows Children’s Foundation has provided a special opportunity to a young Crows fan, with 14-year-old Jasmine being named the mascot for Adelaide’s AFLW team on Saturday night.

Jasmine, who has been battling a brain tumour for the last five years, attended the Crows’ open training session at Norwood Oval on Wednesday night and was presented with her guernsey by coach Bec Goddard and co-captains Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall.

At the game, Jasmine will run out of the race alongside her younger sister Rosie before the team takes on the Brisbane Lions.

Jasmine is supported by the Little Heroes Foundation, one of the Crows Children’s Foundation’s major charity partners for 2018. 

Through the partnership, Little Heroes will receive $50,000 of funding from the Crows Foundation to assist The Centre for Robotics and Innovation Program at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Jasmine will be one of the first patients to join the Centre’s new research study into brain injury.

The Centre for Robotics and Innovation helps children undergoing cancer treatment maintain fitness and conditioning by using upper and lower limb robotic equipment.

The Lokomat, Armeo Spring and Dynavision help children with movement disorders improve the use of their arms, hands and legs. 

The grant will also help fund an exercise physiologist to support an additional 20 seriously ill children so they can benefit from the robotic gym.

Crows Children’s Foundation Manager Louise McDonald said the funding was going to an important cause.

“We are pleased to help provide these children with the opportunity to try and stay fitter and stronger throughout their treatment journey,” McDonald said. 

“The Little Heroes Foundation is a fantastic organisation and we are pleased to be working with them.” 

The Crows Children’s Foundation has also partnered with the Big Brother Big Sister organisation in 2018 to help deliver their long-term adult mentoring program. 

An additional 23 youths at risk of dropping out of school and entering a downward cycle towards unemployment, drugs, alcohol and possible crime will be supported.

The Crows Children’s Foundation will also continue to provide once in a lifetime opportunities, like Jasmine’s, to children in need.

At the Crows game on Saturday night, the Little Heroes Foundation will be at all three gates at Norwood Oval with fundraising tins, so look out for them when you're entering the ground.

For more information about the game, here's the Game Day Guide.