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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.