Fans attending the NRL Heritage Round game between the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and the Newcastle Knights on Monday night will have a unique chance to celebrate rugby league’s rich history while supporting members of the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times.

With the support of Steggles Charity Nest, the Cowboys Community Corner at 1300SMILES Stadium will host the Men of League Foundation with the aim of encouraging as many fans as possible to support the Foundation and its work.

As part of Community Corner, Cowboys members and supporters will be able to learn more about the Foundation’s work, sign up as a Men of League member or make a gold coin donation.

A special Men of League commemorative coin will be used in the pre-match coin toss by Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston and Knights skipper Kurt Gidley.

Established in 2002 by former NRL greats Ron Coote AM, Jim Hall and Max Brown, Men of League has grown to boast a robust membership of more than 25,000 – all passionate members working towards a shared vision to celebrate the game’s rich history and provide assistance and support to players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators from all levels of the game and the broader rugby league community.

“We’d like to thank Steggles Charity Nest and the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys for giving us this great opportunity to promote the Men of League Foundation and practical assistance we provide with everything from medical operations, rehabilitation and nursing equipment to welfare support, grants and scholarships,” vice-president of the Townsville Men of League committee Barry Buchanan said.

To find out more about the Men of League Foundation or to become a member, visit menofleague.com.

The free Community Corner space at North Queensland’s home games reflects the Cowboys’ and Steggles commitment to assist volunteer-run charities and not-for-profit organisations to build awareness and support from the local community.

Twelve charities working in and benefiting the North Queensland community are offered this opportunity throughout the 2014 season.