A Noble Cause
Buy a shirt and help a young Australian teen hoping to stare down the odds.
What is the essence of true luxury if it isn’t an ability to help out, to dig deep and to support someone in their moment of need?
It’s why we want to acknowledge what local designer MJ Bale is currently doing with a new shirt release – supporting a teen sidelined in his prime, but fighting none the less.
Alex Noble is a young man currently battling the difficulties that come with doing the HSC remotely due to COVID-19. He’s also staring down the crippling effects of severe spinal cord injury.
A talented rugby union player – Alex broke his neck in late 2016 during a training drill for the NSW junior representative rugby 7s team. The ’incomplete’ C4 spinal cord injury left him without feeling below his upper chest and elbows, doctors stating that he would likely never walk again.
He’s since thrown himself into rehab and physical training – regaining some movement while committing to a firm want for future independence while raising awareness of the daily reality of living with SCI.
“The journey has been long, hard and testing,” says Alex. “Training has been physically challenging but more mentally draining. The repetitive exercises, wondering if all this is worth it… It’s been two years and each day will continue to test my limits, but with persistence, max effort and a great support team, one day [I will] hopefully stand up again on my own.”
Enter MJ Bale – now another part of that support team. The brand’s recently released Noble shirt – crafted from 100% cotton in an oversized windowpane check – sees a percentage of all sales go directly to the Alex Noble Foundation to maintain Alex’s fight and assist with his goals.