It's 'Crazy Socks' time in the Telstra Premiership this weekend in support of the Men of League Foundation.
Over the past few weeks, grassroots rugby league clubs around Australia have been getting their “Crazy Socks” on to raise awareness for the Men of League Foundation, with NRL clubs set to wear the socks either in training sessions, Captain’s Runs or on field in round 18.
The Sea Eagles will wear their 'Crazy Socks' for their match against the Newcastle Knights at 4 Pines Park on Saturday.
This annual campaign aims to raise awareness of the community work undertaken through the Men of League’s National Wellbeing Program, proceeds raised from sales of the socks will help fund this program.
In 2022, Men of League are celebrating their 20th year of operation and are proud to announce that in that time they have spent more than $10m on direct physical, emotional and financial support for those in the grassroots rugby league
community who are experiencing hardship.
A further 10,000 hours has been dedicated by their volunteers to face to face and virtual visitations.
The National Wellbeing Program assists the volunteer coaches, managers, gear stewards, groundsmen, canteen ladies, referees and club administrators who have made tireless contributions to their local footy clubs.
The support provided is broad and can range from immediate assistance grants for basics such as food and fuel vouchers, to medical and surgical costs and home renovations for access and mobility purposes. They may be called upon to provide something as simple as a hospital visit or even just a phone call to someone who is struggling or physically isolated.
Men of League have a dedicated network of 38 volunteer committees across QLD,
NSW and Victoria, with offices in Sydney and Brisbane.
“Crazy Socks is a fun way to raise awareness of the great work the Foundation does to support the men, women and children of the rugby league community,'' said Men of League CEO, Stephen Lowndes.
"Our Wellbeing Program exists to support those who help put the game on the park each weekend, and find themselves going through a rough patch.
"The clear message is, reach out if you need a hand. The Men of League Foundation is here to help"
If you know someone within your local rugby league football club who needs physical, financial or emotional support, go to menofleague.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org