League in for Dansey
THE Men of League Foundation was formed in July 2002 and its charter is to “assist rugby league players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators, from all levels of the Game, and members of their families who have fallen on hard times”.
It was founded by Jim Hall, Max Brown and Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame and Team of the Century member Ron Coote who expressed his concerns after seeing former player Doug McRitchie dying alone in a New South Wales South Coast Hospital.
Long-time local league administrator Terry Dodd was the driving force behind the Bundaberg and District Committee of the Foundation a couple of years ago, and he continues to serve the organisation with great passion and energy. All monies raised by all committees goes into a national pool, and Men of League has distributed more than $2 Million in benevolent support to those in the rugby league family in need and to other charities.
Every application for assistance are assessed on a needs basis and Dodd is delighted that Bundaberg star of the ’80s Barry Dansey has become the first local beneficiary as he continues his treatment after being diagnosed with cancer on August 13 last year, ironically a “Black Friday”.
Dansey is very grateful for the assistance which he said has helped him get his life back on track.
The Bundaberg and District Committee has two major fund-raising events planned for this year, a Sportsman’s Night at Renee’s Place on Friday, July 8, at which Ben Ikin will be MC, and a Golf Day at the Bundaberg Club on Friday, November 11.
Life-time membership is only $20 and it is open to men and women who have been involved in the game in any capacity.
The committee also has “Kick-Off Club” get-togethers at Tattersall’s Hotel on Friday, March 25, May 27, July 29, September 23 and November 25, each starting at 5.30pm.
Dodd is disappointed that local membership of the Foundation is under 200 and he is hoping to at least double numbers this year.
For more information, phone Dodd on 4152 6828 or contact any of the other committee members, Secretary and Welfare Officer Chris Sullivan, Treasurer Geoff Rackemann, Noel Cavanagh, Dave Pearce, Tom McCullough, Steven Dodd, Colin Prince, Russell Heritage or Mark Hanson.