In a heartwarming show of community support, Sky News Australia’s Paul Murray Live is dedicating a special episode to Joseph Pouniu, a young footballer whose career was cut short by a debilitating on-field accident.
The episode, titled “Paul Murray Live – For Joseph,” will air this Thursday at 9pm AEST.
Joseph was once a promising athlete with eyes set on a contract with the Gold Coast Titans. However, at the age of 16, he was paralysed following a tragic accident on the field.
He is now completing his final year at St Eugene College in Burpengary through talk-to-text technology, as teachers visit him in the spinal unit once a week.
“Joseph was heading for big things in rugby league. He had the world at his feet. And then it all suddenly ended. It’s devastating stuff. But we want to make a difference to his life and that of his family,” said Paul Murray, host of the show.
The Queensland community is coming together in support of Joseph and his family. Ahead of a charity fundraiser event on Friday, Paul Murray will sit down with key Titans figures such as Chairman Dennis Watt and CEO Steve Mitchell.
“The team remains committed to Joseph and his family,”
The Titans’ Captain Tino Fa’Asuamaleaui, player Aaron Booth, and Club Doctor Dr Dinesh Palipana will also show their support.
Notably, FOX SPORTS News Host Matty Johns and rugby league legend Gorden Tallis, who have been regular visitors to Joseph’s bedside, will participate in the upcoming fundraiser.
Radio broadcaster Ray Hadley, the charity event’s auctioneer, will also be featured on the program.
“Life can be cruel – and for Joseph, fate couldn’t have dealt a much crueller hand. But this isn’t just a story of heartbreak and shattered potential. It’s a story of resilience, of unrelenting courage and love,” Murray added.
For those wishing to contribute, donations can be made via the Australian Sports Foundation at asf.org.au/projects/joseph-pouniu.