Generous JT giving back in career twilight

At a time when some may be reflecting on their own career achievements, retiring North Queensland Toyota Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston is doing one of the things he does best – thinking of how he can help others.

With just five games left in his illustrious rugby league career, Thurston is approaching the end of an era with one eye on giving his all for his team and club, the other on how the milestone could be used for greater good.

With the help of wife Samantha, Thurston has devised a donation program for his playing jerseys for Rounds 19-24, identifying two charitable recipients per game to each receive one of two signed jerseys.

The recipients nominated reflect a variety of causes that align with the Thurston family's philanthropic goals and will have the option to use their jerseys for fundraising at their own discretion.

The most-capped Cowboy said his approaching retirement was an opportunity to continue his community work.

"I'm very motivated to do as much good work as I can with the time I have left in the game," Thurston said.

"The community support I receive is humbling and I hope I can give back and make a difference through the gifting of these jerseys."

JT JERSEY RECIPIENT LIST:

Cowboys v Dragons (Rd 19)
Dolly's Dream
LIVIN

Cowboys v Knights (Rd 20)
Mark Hughes Foundation
Townsville Men of League

Cowboys v Roosters (Rd 21)
Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Golden Octopus Foundation

Cowboys v Broncos (Rd 22)
Sky Foundation
Cowboys Community Foundation

Cowboys v Sharks (Rd 23)
Conservation Volunteers Australia (Townsville)
Tangaroa Blue Foundation

Cowboys v Eels (Rd 24)
Ronald McDonald House North Australia
Legacy

JT's last two playing jerseys, to be worn in Round 25 against the Titans, will be kept as mementos by JT himself and the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.