League men raising funds

PATRONS visiting weekend VB Gold Group 2 matches have been invited to celebrate the Heritage Round with their NRL counterparts.

The Mid North Coast chapter of the Men Of League Foundation (MOL) has joined forces with local referees to promote the weekend as a fundraising activity.

“Our aim is to raise money for ex-players, officials and any person who has been affiliated with rugby league and fallen on hard times through illness or other adversity,” referee's boss Bill Gibbons said.

“Men Of League is promoting the wearing of golden shoelaces by players and referees.

“To this end I have sent every active senior referee in the association a pair of gold laces which the association would like them to wear when acting as match officials this weekend,” Gibbons said.

He said even before the organisation formed in this area, Men Of League had already assisted one prominent member within the ranks.

“Many may remember the help they gave to Barry Foord and his family, in his fight (which he eventually lost) with a brain cancer,” he added.

“Support them in return as it may be yourselves in need one day.”

MOL president Peter Barrett said Sunday's match at Advocate Park between Coffs Harbour Comets and Orara Valley Axemen would be the centre of a membership recruitment drive.

“Our blokes will attend and have a table set up where anybody can join the organisation for a once only fee of $20,” he said.

“A number of merchandise items will be available for sale and we'll also be selling tickets to the race day at Bowraville on April 16.

“The day is shaping up as a sell-out so come out on Sunday to make sure you have a pass and don't miss out.

“Arthur Beetson and Mark Ella will be special guests and we just found out that Jim Leis, a former NRL player and captain/coach of Macksville Sea Eagles, has agreed to come over for the weekend.

“He is looking forward to catching up with old teammates and friends.”

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