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  • 26.05.16
    Visit to Steve Edge

    Visit to Steve Edge Former St. George and Parramatta premiership winning captain Steve Edge was visited at St. George Private Hospital by Welfare Officers Warren Thompson and Alan Webb. Steve had undergone Heart Surgery some six days earlier and on our arrival was up and waiting to be discharged. Steve played in eleven grand finals in all grades during his career. Commencing with a Third Grade premiership with St George in 1972, Edge developed into a fine on-field leader despite not being an overly flashy player with the ball. He toured NZ with a Combined Sydney side in 1976, and the following year, captained St George in the historic grand final draw and subsequent victory over Parramatta in the replay. He also played in St George's 1979 grand final win over Canterbury. He then left the club for Parramatta and secured the club captaincy under coach Jack Gibson who favoured Edge over a galaxy of champion players. Edge enjoyed a rare spot in the limelight with NSW in the inaugural State of Origin match in 1980 but enjoyed greater success captaining the Eels in three consecutive grand final victories (1981-83). Steve a great supporter of the Men of League Foundation was given a Men of League Polo shirt and Cap. He thanked us for taking time to visit him and the MOL Foundation for the lovely fruit basket that he received. Alan Webb - Sydney Metro Welfare Officer  

    19.05.16
    A day out with Graeme 'Billy' Dixon

    A day out with Graeme 'Billy' Dixon Graeme first came to our notice on the 10 April 2015 when we visited him at RNS Hospital,where he was recovering from burns to 75 percent of his body. We subsequently visited him on the 29 April 2015, 30 June 2015 and 21 August 2015. Graeme is a remarkable man, who underwent numerous operations on his body apart from treatment for his severe burns. He possesses the courage and willpower of 100 men. He was discharged from RNS in about September 2015 and returned for treatment which gradually became less as his skin began to heal. He was receiving daily carer treatment at his Chatswood apartment. We lost contact with him until recently when we saw his lifelong friend Dick Reading, who put us back in contact with Graeme. On the 17 May 2016 we met Graeme and Dick and took them to the NRL Museum where Terry Williams was our gracious host. Whilst there we met Parramatta Eels icon Nathan Hindmarsh, had photos and then went to the Erskinville Bowling Club where Graeme really enjoyed a Chinese meal. A wonderful day was complete when we dropped them back to his apartment. Graeme and Dick was most appreciative for the day and the Men of League generiousity. Ken Vessey has agreed to follow up Graeme after the 10 June 2016 before he returns to Bingara, as his hospital treatment has been completed. Graeme, a truely remarkable man, states "I am still alive and breathing, so I have nothing to complain about".  

  • 17.05.16
    Captains' Captain - In the News

    Captains' Captain in the Media Click here to watch and read all the news about The Captains' Captain.   

    15.05.16
    Ash White - Fighting like a Bulldog

    Ash White - Fighting like a Bulldog Peter Haley from our North West Committee recently met with Ash White from the Gunnedah Junior Bulldogs and his Mum Kylie Milsom at the first game of the season.  Ash has undergone surgery for a tumour that was located in his neck and has been undergoing radiation treatment in Sydney. Mum Kylie travels with him whilst Dad Jason holds the fort at home. On hearing their story the Men of League Committee generously gifted the family vouchers as a contribution to help with expenses to their family at this time. Please keep Ash and his family in your thoughts - he's a tough kid and he is itching to pull back on the boots and jersey and run on the field again. We wish Ash a positive recovery and outcome.  

  • 09.05.16
    Amazing Support

    Amazing support from Bill Gilmour. Former world ranked tennis player, Bill Gilmour, has done so much for Men of League Foundation. Mr Gilmour (Men of League Foundation Member #9,101), had a distinguished tennis career where he advanced to the third round of Wimbledon as a singles player and the quarter-finals in the doubles in 1955. Mr Gilmour has maintained a key role in the sport while supporting his local community. He has established tennis coaching clinics in Miranda and Caringbah and has allowed Men of League Foundation to hold tennis fundraising events. His assistance to our Foundation has not stopped there. In 2015, Bill donated a bus to our committees allowing them to be able to conduct visits and to take the rugby league community on outings helping prevent social isolation.  Bill, the support you have given the Men of League Foundation has changed so many people’s lives. Thank you Bill.     

    01.05.16
    Brydens Lawyers announced as official Law Partner

    Brydens Lawyers Support the Rugby League Community as Official Law Partner of the Men of League Foundation The Men of League Foundation has announced leading law firm Brydens Lawyers as the official Law Partner of the iconic charity, Men of League Foundation that supports men, women and children of the rugby league community.   Ray Beattie OAM, Interim CEO of the Men of League Foundation, welcomes Brydens Lawyers to the Men of League family and thanks the firm for providing invaluable support to the Foundation and its important welfare work.   “We are thrilled to have Brydens Lawyers on board as our official Law Partner and would like to thank them for their commitment to the Men of League and indeed the greater rugby league community,” said Mr Beattie.   “Much like the Men of League, Brydens has a solid reputation for helping those who have fallen on hard times and we believe the firm shares some great synergies with our core values.   “As major sponsors of the Wests Tigers and sponsors of the Knights, Bulldogs, Roosters and Panthers, Brydens Lawyers already enjoys great ties with the rugby league community. We are thrilled that the firm’s genuine passion for the code can be further showcased through this new partnership with the Men of League,” added Mr Beattie.     Lee Hagipantelis, Principal of Brydens Lawyers, said “Brydens Lawyers has invested significantly in the rugby league community and our engagement now with Men of League was a natural and obvious extension of that investment. For over 40 years Brydens Lawyers has been providing expert legal advice and representation for those who ordinarily would be unable to engage legal representation and require help.   “Brydens Lawyers is honoured to partner with Men of League and share their commitment to provide care and support for members of the rugby league community who would otherwise be unable to avail themselves of legal assistance. It is this commitment to helping persons in need shared by both Brydens Lawyers and Men of League that augurs well the success of our partnership,” he added.