THE Aussie Shop in Coffs Harbour has launched a program to financially support junior Rugby League clubs on the North Coast of New South Wales.
The shop is part of the Aussie Home Loans, which is sponsoring the NSW State of Origin Rugby League team in 2010.
The ‘Lend a Hand’ program will see Aussie donate $100 for any adult member of the junior rugby league community who attends an appointment with an Aussie mortgage broker, to the junior club of the person’s choice.
The initiative will run from March 4 to September 30, 2010, and is open to anyone associated with a junior rugby league club in NSW and the ACT, or referred to the initiative by a junior club.
Appointments including nominating a local junior club for the donation can be made by visiting www.aussie.com.au/lendahand.
“The ‘Lend a Hand’ program is a real opportunity for junior clubs to boost their funds,” said NRL chief executive Mr David Gallop.
“The initiative shows how our sport and sponsors can work together to support the grassroots and, importantly, the only requirement is the person completes an obligation-free appointment with an Aussie broker.
“Aussie’s long association with Rugby League began at the grassroots and I am sure our junior clubs will appreciate the potential this initiative has for generating additional funds, he added.
Franchise manager of Aussie Coffs Harbour Mr Craig Budden said: “Each week our mortgage brokers help mums and dads who are involved in local junior rugby league clubs, through coaching, refereeing, running the barbecue or selling raffle tickets, and it is time we joined in”, he said.
As an added bonus, Aussie will donate an additional $5000 to the club with the most completed appointments by September 30, 2010.