Men of League Foundation Announced as RLWC 2017 Official Australian Charity Partner
The Men of League Foundation has been announced as the Official Australian Charity Partner of the Rugby League World Cup 2017.
The partnership was announced by Rugby League World Cup 2017 Chairman Dr George Peponis with Men of League Foundation Chairman Prof the Hon. Stephen Martin at the Foundation’s National Gala Dinner at Hyatt Regency Sydney last night. The Gala Dinner celebrated 15 years of the Foundation caring for the men, women and children of the rugby league community.
Frank Barrett, Chief Executive Officer of the Men of League Foundation said: “I’m very pleased to partner our Foundation with such an iconic event as the Rugby League World Cup 2017. We have 40 committees around Australia and with Rugby League World Cup games being played in eight cities around the country, we believe this partnership has perfect synergy.
“The Rugby League World Cup presents a spectacular platform to demonstrate to both the domestic and global sporting community the wonderful work the Men of League Foundation does within our code. Each member of the Foundation is engaged and deeply connected to the wellbeing of their fellow rugby league enthusiast and we will be encouraging every Australian rugby league fan to become a member,” Barrett concluded.
Andrew Hill, Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 said: “The Men of League Foundation plays a vital role in supporting those in need throughout the wider rugby league community, work that is only possible through monies raised by the Foundation.
“Our two organisations will work together on fund-raising initiatives and activations during the Rugby League World Cup to be played in all four corners of Australia.
“It’s our hope that the awareness and funds raised for the Men of League Foundation through this partnership will further enhance the support available to those who have contributed so much to the game but now need assistance,” Hill concluded.
Image: RLWC2017 Chairman Dr George Peponis MB BS OAM, Foundation Honorary President Ron Coote AM, Foundation Chairman Prof the Hon. Stephen Martin at the Men of League Foundation Gala Dinner. Image courtesy of Grant Trouville – NRL Photos.
About the Rugby League World Cup 2017
The RLWC2017 will be contested from 27 October to 2 December 2017 and features 14 nations, playing 28 games, in 13 cities across three countries. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the tournament, with three pool games in Papua New Guinea. The RLWC2017 will be the biggest sporting event in the region in 2017, with an estimated 450,000 fans to attend the tournament.