The Men of League Foundation will be at the big game against the Titans tonight to encourage fans to join their efforts in supporting members of the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times.
Men of League Foundation volunteers will be at the LGIAsuper Community Hub at 1300SMILES Stadium (Western concourse, opposite Bluey's members bar) to hand out promotional material, sell Foundation shirts and caps, and encourage fans to become Foundation members to support their important work.
Founded by rugby league greats Jim Hall, Max Brown and Ron Coote AM, the concept for the Men of League Foundation came about when Ron expressed his concerns after seeing game legend Doug McRitchie dying alone in a New South Wales South Coast hospital.
As Ron Coote explained: "Those who have contributed so much to rugby league deserve our recognition and respect, both in times of triumph and hardship."
More than a decade on, the Men of League Foundation has a membership of over 26,000 – all working towards a shared vision to celebrate our game’s rich history and provide practical assistance with everything from medical operations, rehabilitation and nursing equipment, to welfare support, grants and scholarships to those who have contributed so much to the game.
“The local Men of League Foundation committee would like to thank the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and LGIAsuper for the opportunity to get the word out to local fans of our great game,” Townsville President of the Foundation Mark Williams said.
“It provides a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of what Men of League do and to promote membership of the Foundation.”
"LGIAsuper is proud to support an organisation that’s as passionate about their members and heritage as we are about ours," LGIAsuper CEO David Todd said.
"Through the LGIAsuper Community Hub we share the spirit of the game as we support Men of League and the work they do to help members of the rugby league community on and off the field when they fall on hard times."
A feature at all Cowboys home games, the LGIAsuper Community Hub provides a space in which local charities and causes can raise their profile and reach out to members and fans coming to watch the North’s favourite team.
For more information about the Men of League Foundation, come along to the LGIAsuper Community Hub on game day or visit menofleague.com.