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Men of League Foundation

The Men of League Foundation is an Australian rugby league charity which was founded in 2002 by former NRL players Ron Coote, Jim Hall and Max Brown (rugby league). The aim of the Foundation is to provide support and assistance to men, women and children from the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times.[1] The Foundation is considered one of the largest sports-based charities in the world.[citation needed]


The Men of League Foundation was established on 11 July 2002 by former NRL players Ron Coote, Jim Hall and Max Brown (rugby league).[1] The concept for the Foundation came about when Ron Coote was visiting his daughter in hospital and by chance, ran into former St. George Illawarra Dragons captain Doug McRitchie, who was in the late stages of prostate cancer. Coote told author Alan Whiticker that after seeing McRitchie alone in his hospital bed, he wondered why some of his teammates weren't with him or if they even knew of his illness.[2] Following this encounter, Coote decided to create an organisation which brought former players back to the game and created a support network for the rugby league community.

The name Men of League was given to the Foundation by Narelle Hughes, wife of former Canterbury player Graeme Hughes, who had used the name for a calendar she had published for a number of years.[1]

Following its inception, the Foundation has provided help and assistance to hundreds of rugby league players around Australia.

Key Staff

Stephen Lowndes - Chief Executive Officer

Vanessa Bolzan - National Manager – Membership and Fundraising

Jessica Macartney - National Manager – Wellbeing

Kellie-Ann Furner - National Manager – Administration

Bruce Walker - New South Wales Manager

Darryl Van de Velde - Acting Queensland Manager

Mark Bunting - Queensland Wellbeing Manager

Jodie Watson - Queensland Events Manager

Belinda Perry - Queensland Administration Officer

Paula Feagaiga - Membership and Database Executive

Christina Rallis - Marketing & Events Coordinator

Tony Luck - Financial Controller

James Rayment - Financial and Administration Assistant

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Men of League Foundation". Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  2. ^ Whitticker, Alan (2011). Glory Days: The Story of South Sydney's Golden Era. Sydney: New Holland Publishers (Australia). ISBN 9781742571386.

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