All systems go for Tackling the Drought Tour

The final touches are being put in place for the Men of League Foundation’s “Tackling the Drought” Tour events to be held in Narromine, Gilgandra, Mudgee commencing next Friday 5 October.

A bus consisting of former first grade rugby league players including Joe Thomas, David ‘Cement’ Gillespie, Les Davidson and Craig Coleman will head North West to the Western region to touch base with the local communities following the tough winter’s drought.

Three separate events will take place over the three-day Tour, with members of each township strongly encouraged to throw themselves into the action and enjoy the opportunity to connect with their local counterparts.

Rugby League the Musical with Denis Carnahan will be held in Narromine at the Narromine RSL Club on Friday evening at 7:30 PM, where guests can enjoy the show as well as finger food and beverages at no cost. On Saturday morning, a coaching clinic will be held in association with the NRL at 10:00 AM at Cale Oval for all junior rugby league enthusiasts to hone their skills with some of the game’s best.

The touring party will then depart for Gilgandra, where a ‘Kick Off Club’ event with a BBQ Dinner will be hosted at the Gilgandra Sporting Club at 6:00 PM.

Mudgee will provide the final stop for the Western Region Tour, hosting a friendly game of touch football as well as a BBQ brekky at Cahill Park from 9:30 AM on Sunday morning.

Men of League Foundation Chief Executive Officer Stephen Lowndes says that the Tour’s busy schedule will allow as many people as possible within the regional rugby league communities to touch base with their local support networks, as well as the Men of League Foundation.

“We would love to see not just rugby league fans, but all members of the local community join us at our events over the weekend,” Lowndes said.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for the hardworking locals to enjoy each other’s company over a bite to eat or cold drink and perhaps take their mind off a tough winter season.

“We are hoping to reinforce that regardless of this tough period in time, they are not alone and have numerous support networks available to them should they need a shoulder to lean on,” Lowndes concluded.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling financially or emotionally due to the drought’s harsh circumstances, please contact

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