Kiama Knights to host Men of League Foundation fundraiser

LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Men of League's Alan Kent, Matt O'Brien, Paul Atkins, Josh Norris, Dylan Morris, Kiama Leagues Club's Peter Wright, Men of League's Bill “Brooksie” Robinson and “Flash” Ashmore. Picture: Brendan Crabb

LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Men of League's Alan Kent, Matt O'Brien, Paul Atkins, Josh Norris, Dylan Morris, Kiama Leagues Club's Peter Wright, Men of League's Bill “Brooksie” Robinson and “Flash” Ashmore. Picture: Brendan Crabb

The Kiama Knights will host a fundraiser to help support members of the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times.

The rugby league club will run an event in support of The Men of League Foundation.

The Men of League Foundation seeks to support members of the rugby league community who are doing it tough. 

The vision was to build a foundation that provides practical assistance with everything from medical operations, rehabilitation and nursing equipment to welfare support, grants and scholarships.

Their efforts include providing assistance and support to players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators from all levels of the game and the broader rugby league community.

The event will take place on Friday, February 24 at Kiama Leagues Club.

Attendees will meet downstairs at 3pm, before the event moves to the upstairs function room where it will run from 4pm-7pm.

Entry is $10 at the door, which includes refreshments and a sausage sizzle.

There will be guest speakers including Kiama junior and former Australian/NSW representative Shaun Timmins.

There will also be raffles taking place.

This is the second such fundraiser the club have run; the inaugural one last year attracted about 150 people.

Knights publicity officer Glenn Moran said they were aiming to draw more people this year and create greater awareness of Men of League's efforts.

“It's also a chance to meet and mix with the players, and there's a lot of laughs as well,” he said. 

Bill “Brooksie” Robinson, Men of League's vice-president/operations manager for the Illawarra region said fundraisers such as the Kiama event were vital in assisting the league community.

“We need to help ex-players that are doing it a bit tough, as well as administration people and also people (working) on canteens and that kind of thing,” he said.

“(Events like this) also help spread the message of Men of League.”