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Fuso and Melbourne Storm tackle toughness with ‘OF US’ initiative

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Fuso, in partnership with professional sports team, Melbourne Storm, has announced the launch of ‘OF US’ – an initiative to raise awareness and support for grassroots toughness.

The initiative’s name, ‘OF US’, was reportedly created as an anagram from Fuso and will feature on the back of Storm’s jersey in its clash against ladder leaders St. George Illawarra Dragons, on 5 July at AAMI Park, Melbourne.

“At Fuso, we’re known for our tough trucks – but toughness comes in many forms,” said Fuso Truck and Bus Director, Justin Whitford. “‘OF US’ was created to acknowledge individuals who have shown undeniable toughness in the face of adversity and to highlight the importance of support groups.”

Local Kilmore man and ex-police officer, Scott Garbutt, has been selected as Melbourne Storm’s ‘tough one’ ahead of the upcoming match after being nominated by his wife, Libby Garbutt. Libby says Scott is not only an avid Melbourne Storm supporter and member, but her best friend, who shows toughness on a daily basis while learning to cope with his PTSD.

Hosted by Storm, the Mates’ Day experience will see Scott and three guests, including wife Libby, meet and greet with the team and receive tickets to the best seats in the house: right alongside the team on the players’ bench.

Scott will also be invited by Storm Head Coach, Craig Bellamy, to the team’s Captain’s Run training session the day before the match, giving them exclusive behind-the-scenes access. If Storm beat the Dragons, Scott and his guests will also, take part in the team’s infamous post-match lap of honour.

“At Melbourne Storm it’s not just about making an impact on the field, but away from it too in conjunction with our partners,” said Melbourne Storm CEO, Dave Donaghy. “Toughness can be displayed just as much away from game day and Scott’s story is an example of determination and strength and we are looking forward to giving him, his wife Libby and friends a memorable ‘OF US’ experience on Thursday night.”

Following Storm’s Mates’ Day battle on Thursday, one limited edition, signed ‘OF US’ jersey will be auctioned to the public. Funds raised will be donated to Melbourne Storm’s community partner, LIVIN, an organisation aimed at helping break the stigma around mental health.

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