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

Ron Atkins and Bryan Neibling catch up at Brisbane Kick Off Club

Former Australian and Queensland rugby league legend Bryan Neibling was recently the guest of honour at our Brisbane Committee's Kick Off Club held at Club Pine Rivers.

Bryan Niebling with Ron Atkins

Former Brisbane Committee President, Ron Atkins, caught up with Bryan to talk about the good old days of the Brisbane rugby league competition.

Ron was having his first outing after recent cataract surgery and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with his friends .

Fortitude Valley Diehards legend Hughie O'Doherty

Fortitude Valley legend, Hughie O’Doherty, was recently visited in hospital by Brisbane Wellbeing Officer and former work mate, Chris Kelly.

Chris Kelly with Hughie O'Doherty

Hughie was a wily hooker for the Diehards in the 60s and 70s and played with some of the greats of the game. Hughie has recently had some heart troubles and is recovering in hospital. We wish Hughie all the best in his recovery. 

A gift for Chris Kilpatrick

Our Fraser Coast Wellbeing Officers Gary Pearson and Kev Embrey recently visited Chris Kilpatrick at his home. Gary and Kev called in to see Chris after he had been unwell lately. Chris was pleased to receive a visit and was very grateful for the gift of his Men of League shirt.

Petero Civoniceva visits Jayden Trace

Former Australian representative and Queensland player, Petero Civoniceva, recently visited Jayden Trace and his family. Jayden is slowly recovering from a bad on-field accident and was excited to spend some time with Petero.

Petero with Jayden

We wish Jayden all the best in his recovery and we hope to see him up and about very soon.

Men of League Foundation Queensland Welfare is proudly sponsored by BMD Group.


Chook's new chair - John and Caryl Raper

Members of the Men of League Foundation recently caught up with one of rugby league's Immortals down in the Sutherland Shire. John Raper, an iconic former rugby league player and coach, is renowned as one of the best lock-forwards to have ever laced on a boot and played a record 33 test caps between 1959 and 1968. He also played in six World Cup games between 1960 and 1968.

John and Caryl Raper


Patrick's day out with the Roma Committee

Roma Committee Welfare Officer, Lyle Cherry, recently had the honour of presenting Patrick Walsh with a motorised scooter. With access to increased mobility, Patrick was able to join the Roma Committee at a local football ground to watch some live action of the game that he loves.

Ron Irwin, Lyle Cherry, Frank Saunders with Patrick Walsh

Men of League Foundation Queensland Welfare is proudly sponsored by BMD Group.

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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.