MEN OF LEAGUE CHARTER
The Men of League Foundation’s charter is to assist those from all levels of the Rugby League family who, for various reasons, have fallen on hard times.
A scheme that finds careers for young Rugby League players who have suffered career ending injuries or are unable to realise their playing ambitions.
Residential Care and Rehabilitation:
For former players and officials who can no longer care for themselves and will benefit from rehabilitation.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP - Click here to learn more..
a) Players and Referees who have, for a minimum of one season, participated in the game of Rugby League in Australia in a recognised competition conducted by a body affiliated with the Australian Rugby League.
b) Coaching staff, including trainers, strappers and medical staff who have, for a minimum of one season, been involved with a team playing in a recognised competition conducted by a body affiliated with the Australian Rugby League.
c) Officials and Administrators. A minimum of one season as a committee member of one of the clubs referred.
Become a General Member for a one off $20 fee.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP - Click here to download application form.
If you don't fit into the above criteria but are an avid Rugby League
supporter, you can become an 'Associate Member'. Associate members receive a
platinum member badge with your personal ID number plus you'll be posted
copies of this bi-monthly newsletter.
Become an Associate Member for a one off $20 fee.
ABOUT THE MEN OF LEAGUE FOUNDATION
On the 11th of July 2002 a meeting was held at the New South Wales Leagues Club to launch the Men of League Foundation. The name Men of League was kindly given by Narelle Hughes, wife of former Canterbury player, Graeme Hughes. She had used the name for a calendar she had published for a number of years. It is a name befitting the organisation.
The idea of forming the Men of League Foundation began with discussions between tough prop and the then Judiciary Commissioner Jim Hall and Canterbury and Manly five –eighth Max Brown and gained momentum when legendary back-rower Ron Coote expressed his concerns for former players he had discovered who were doing it tough. One of these was his hero Doug McRitchie, physically weak in a hospital on the South Coast of New South Wales. Touched by what he had learnt and what he saw, Ron with former players, set up the meeting. At this meeting 140 players, officials and referees joined up to become the founding members.
Ron Coote became the first President and another former player and past Premier of New South Wales and retired Cabinet Minister in the Federal Government, the Honourable John Fahey AC was asked to become the Patron. In a very brief time a committee was formed and the first major fund raising event was organised. This was the Men of League Ball, a black tie affair attended by over 700 people. The Ball was held in October just a few months after the first meeting and proved to be an outstanding success. It is now a highlight of the rugby league social calendar in Sydney and is held the Tuesday before the Grand Final. This Ball is our major fundraising activity and acts as a celebration of the great work done by the Men of League Foundation. The Ball always carries a theme such as Great Grand Final Captains, Greatest Kangaroos or Clive Churchill Medal winners and greats from the past are honoured as part of the Harvey Norman Honouree announcements.Every year the Men of League Foundation host three race days at Rosehill, Ballina and Kembla Grange. Four golf days are conducted; one each at Riverside Oaks (Sydney), in the Illawarra, in Gold Coast/Northern Rivers District and in Brisbane, and four country tour dinners see the Men of League Foundation go to regional areas around the country.
Over the last 6 years the Men of League Foundation has grown to over 6000 members, and has formed branches of the organisation in Brisbane, Illawarra and Gold Coast/Northern Rivers. Further branches will be formed in the future.
There is so much for which the Men of League Foundation can be proud. But most importantly what the Men of League Foundation has been able to do for the ill and disadvantaged has been a standout. Whether it be a wheelchair, medical bills, transport, a hospital visit, funeral arrangements, flowers or a bowl of fruit for the sick, we have made a difference to the lives of so many. The Men of League Foundation have assisted people like former St George and Kangaroos legend Ken Kearney with an electric wheelchair and John ‘Bomber' Peard with modifications to his house after he suffered a stroke, but our assistance is not limited to the greats of the game. Early in 2005 we helped the wife and four daughters (aged 18months to nine years) of a struggling country footballer, killed by an out of control truck, with funeral expenses and food vouchers.
In June 2006, the organisation was recognised by the Australian Tax Office for the great work done and granted status as a 'Deductible Gift Recipient Charity' and an 'Income Tax Exempt Charity'. The board now thought it appropriate to add the word 'Foundation' and the name was changed to Men of League Foundation. With Charity Status, the Foundation felt implored to extend the arm of assistance offered by the Men of League and two new programs - Men of League Scholarship Scheme and Men of League Residential Care and Rehabilitation Facility.