North Queensland Toyota Cowboys second-rower Gavin Cooper was on hand today to help the Cowboys Leagues Club present a cheque for over $3,000 to Townsville Legacy.
In 2015, the Leagues Club released a limited edition jersey to commemorate the Anzac Centenary, with $5 from every jersey sold donated to Legacy's North Queensland branch, in support of the families and dependents of deceased and incapacitated veterans of the Australian Defence Force.
Cooper was proud to be part of the presentation to Townsville Legacy President Mick Reilly.
“The support that Townsville Legacy provides to North Queensland families affected by the injury or death of a spouse or parent during or after their defence service is invaluable," Cooper said.
"I’m honoured that both the Cowboys Leagues Club and North Queensland Cowboys could work together to recognise and contribute to this extremely worthy organisation.”
President Reilly was extremely pleased to accept the donation.
“On behalf of Townsville Legacy, I would like to sincerely thank the Cowboys Leagues Club and North Queensland Cowboys for this considerable donation," he said.
"The reach of our organisation stretches from south of Bowen, west to the Queensland border and north to Ingham and we currently care for 1,040 widows and 39 wards across the region.
"There's no doubt that these funds will assist our hard-working team of volunteers to further improve our services and facilities.”
General Manager of the Cowboys Leagues Club, Clint Williams, is continuing to look for innovative ways to support the Australian Defence Force in light of the success of the commemorative jersey and positive response from the general public.
“The club certainly recognises that we are a garrison city, and we are always looking at ways to provide services and support to Defence personnel and their families," Williams said.
"The commemorative jersey was a great opportunity to do this and we also recently introduced a discounted membership option available to Defence personnel for only $2, as a token of our continued appreciation for the tremendous work they do and have done.”
The Cowboys Leagues Club is also determined to carry on the success of last year’s work, with a limited-edition camo training tee now available to purchase from the Cowboys Team Shop, with $5 from every tee sold being donated to Townsville Legacy over the 2016 NRL season.
Those looking to support Townsville Legacy and purchase the camo training tee can shop in-store at the Cowboys Team Shop at 335 Flinders Street or online at cowboysteamshop.com.au.