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South Australian footy clubs unite in tribute to crash victims

In a touching tribute to two young lives lost on the road, South Australian football clubs Goodwood and PHOS Camden will compete for the newly-named Chris Buss-Charlie Stevens Trophy this weekend.

The match is dedicated to the memory of Charlie Stevens, youngest son of Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, and Chris Buss, both of whom were just 18 years old when they lost their lives in separate crashes.

Charlie was killed in an alleged hit-and-run incident during schoolies celebrations last year, while Buss died in a car accident on his way to football training in 2003.

Goodwood and PHOS Camden will compete for the newly-named Chris Buss-Charlie Stevens Trophy this weekend. (Nine)

“Every day’s different. We’re just not the same people we were,” Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said.

The two families are now united in a special cause, using this weekend’s match to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.

“I think it’s a really nice way to remember him and it’s a good way to promote that message around organ donation as well,” Stevens said.

More than 70 per cent of eligible South Australians are registered organ donors – the highest rate in the nation. 

Chris’s father, Greg Buss, said the tribute meant a lot to his family. (Nine)

However, the Stevens family hopes that by raising more awareness, the figure will continue to grow.

“Charlie was a donor. He did that of his own volition,” Stevens said. 

“And I was really surprised to find out just how many people are not aware of the importance of organ donation.”

Chris’s father, Greg Buss, said the tribute meant a lot to his family.

“It means everything… it transcends sports,” he said.

“It’s a tough time but there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

This article was produced with the assistance of 9ExPress.