Helping your mates has been part of rugby league since its inception. On and off the field, we pride ourselves in ensuring those involved in the game are looked after.

Since 2002, Men of League Foundation has provided support and assistance to rugby league players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators from all levels of the game and their families. Here’s just a sample of the valued assistance that the Foundation continues to extend to those in need.

To help the Foundation continue its great work within the rugby league community, you can offer a donation or become a member today.

Help in a Crisis

If you are worried about someone or need professional support, please contact your doctor or click here for more agencies who may be able to assist.  

Alternatively you can click here for details of:

Lifeline - Call 24/7 for crisis support
Suicide Call Back Service - People at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved
Kids Helpline - Counselling for young people aged 5-25 years
GriefLine - Counselling service for people suffering grief

Queensland Wellbeing Update - 26 April 2017

Our Queensland Men of League Foundation Wellbeing Officers have been busy checking in with wellbeing recipents from around the state. 

Sunshine Coast resident John Fooks had a surprise visit recently from Petero Civoniceva. Petero had heard that John was unwell and thought he would visit him while he was working on the Sunshine Coast. John, whose health hasn’t been too good recently, was tickled pink to be visited by the ex-Brisbane, Queensland and Australian legend.



Barry Cross - Our man in the middle

By Ken Vessey

When Northern Sydney Wellbeing Officers Norm Pounder and Ken Vessey recently visited Men of League Foundation member Barry Cross, aged 84 years, they were privileged to meet a man who has devoted his life to ensuring rugby league was played with fairness, within the rules, to the true spirit of the game and in a practical manner.
Barry began his involvement with rugby league playing with the Wamoon Rugby League Club's first and reserve grade teams in the Riverina in the early 1950s before becoming linked with the Newport Junior Rugby League Club as a player, official and coach during 1956-58.


A visit to Gary Smith in hospital

Men of League Brisbane Committee Wellbeing Officer Pat Maguire recently visited Gary Smith from Bundaberg. Gary, who was in Brisbane for medical treatment, enjoyed some time with Pat chatting about all things rugby league.


John Peard's visit to Warren Griffin

Rugby league legend John Peard and Men of League Foundation member John Harris had the pleasure of a visit to Warren Griffin, former Alexandria Rovers, Maroubra Junior, Souths Jersey Flegg and Presidents' Cup prop forward who played 62 lower grade and one first grade game for Souths between 1973-1976. He then had several seasons with Campbelltown Collegians in Group 6.


Barry Binnie from Bundaberg

Barry Binnie is 69 years young and still does his sessions in the gym. He enjoys a walk in the afternoons even though he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and early onset dementia in 2015. Mark Hanson, Wellbeing Officer for our Bundaberg District Committee, recently had the pleasure of meeting with Barry and seeing how he was doing.

Barry Binnie with Mark Hanson


A real Balmain Tiger - Austin Hoyle

Northern Sydney Wellbeing Officers Gregory Grace and Ken Vessey had the pleasure to visit a true rugby league supporter of our game and one who has family ties to a pioneer of rugby league way back in 1907. The person in question was an 85 year old gentleman Austin Hoyle, whose great uncle was Henry Clement Hoyle, who chaired a meeting on the 8 August 1907 at the Bateman's Crystal Hotel, Sydney at which the NSW Rugby League Football League was formed. Henry Hoyle was elected as the first President, J.J.Giltinan as Honorary Secretary and the famous Victor Trumper as Honorary Treasurer. Debate raged at that time within the newly formed new union of footballers, over the type of game that would be played, with some wanting to continue playing under the rugby union rules and simply play a breakaway game and it took the casting vote of Henry Hoyle to adopt the English Northern Union Rugby League and rugby league was formed.



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  • 11.11.16
    Help us, Help them this Christmas

    When the rugby league community needs help, they turn to us...  81 year old Ron Atkins is an icon in the Brisbane rugby league community. Not just because Ron was a pioneering indigenous first grader in Brisbane’s competitive competition, but also because he is a stalwart and founding father of the Brisbane Wests Old Boys and the Men of League Foundation’s Brisbane Committee. Ron Atkins (left) on one of his many visits for the Brisbane Committee. Also pictured John Murray (centre) and Vance Rennie (right).  Ron began his playing career with Wests Ithacas under-15s, but it was as much his contribution to the rugby league community off the field, as on, that has made him the Brisbane patriarch that he is today. After a lifetime of service to rugby league, Ron himself needed a hand-up. That’s where his beloved Men of League Foundation stepped in. Thanks to people like you, we’ve been able to help Ron’s family – including four daughters and 13 grandchildren – visit him in hospital after a recent operation. Ron’s past dedication to undertaking countless welfare visits doesn’t exempt him from needing a visit from friends himself. The Foundation’s Brisbane committee, of which Ron was still the President as recently as last year, now call in to say hello every week. That’s what mates do in the rugby league community. Gary Purcell, Ron Atkins, Lionel Morgan and Mick Retchless. As Christmas approaches, we ask you to remember the Men of League Foundation. A donation to us at this time of year will help us reach more of our community who are most at need. Click here to donate to our Christmas Appeal. Perhaps, in replacement of that Christmas gift card, a pair of socks or a new tie, you’d like to give the gift of support through a generous donation to us. This can be a gift in the name of someone else. Your present to them this Christmas, can be your donation to us. Make a Christmas donation to us here. Your gift this Christmas will provide us with the capacity to make more connections with people who may be experiencing loneliness and help those truly in need from within our rugby league family. Ron Atkins, John Reddy, Les Geeves and Norm Clark.    

    Cox Plate Raffle Winner

    Congratulations to Grahame Crowe who won our $10,000 cash prize Cox Plate Raffle on Saturday! Thanks to everyone who entered and helped us raise funds to care for the men, women and children of the rugby league community.  Stay tuned for our Race Day Gallery soon...   

  • 19.09.16
    Winners of 'Never Before, Never Again'

    Winners of 'Never Before, Never Again' Larry Writer’s classic story of St George’s 11 straight premierships, 'Never Before, Never Again', was first published in 1995, and has been refreshed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dragons’ 11th Grand Final. Congratulations to our winners of this superb rugby league page-turner: Stephen Etheredge Sarah Fairley Laurence Federico Lance Henry David Jenkins Joe Kinnane Eddie Milton Tom Sewell Paul Smyth John Turner The answer to the question was the great St. George Dragons!   

    2016 QLD Annual Lunch Gallery

    The Men of League Foundation celebrated the 2016 Queensland Annual Lunch at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with a 'Dual International' theme on Friday 2 September.  Special guests inlcuded Mat Rogers, Brad Thorn, Lote Tuqiri, Michale O'Connor, John Brass and Geoff Richardson.  Click here to see all the pictures from the great day.  

  • 22.07.16
    View our Gala Dinner gallery here

    The Men of League Gala Dinner kicked off the Men of League Round on Tuesday 19 July at the Four Points by Sheraton. Our Gala Dinner helped us in honouring the families among us who have fallen on hard times and help us raise essential funds so that we may continue to care for the men, women and children of the rugby league community. Click here to view our Gala Dinner gallery.