Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Pass on Goodwill; Gympie Men of League Group Calls for Those in Need to Put Their Hands Up This Festive Season

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Pass on Goodwill; Gympie Men of League Group Calls for Those in Need to Put Their Hands Up This Festive Season

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Tim

Vetter

Sports Writer

tim.vetter@gympietimes.com

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gympie Men of League president Ross Groundwater is calling on anyone in the local rugby league community in need of support to contact the organisation.

"Gympie has a long rugby league history, therefore a lot of people that could use some help, but the problem is a lot of them don't really know what we do," he said.

The foundation was established in 2002 by former league greats Jim Hall, Max Brown and Ron Coote, and its aim is to assist players, coaches, officials, administrators, volunteers and people with a connection at any level of the game who have fallen on hard times.

Since its inception, it gradually expanded to include more and more regional centres.

"Just over two years ago, local man Mark Svenson told me about the organisation and wondered if we could start up a committee in Gympie," Groundwater said.

"We had an initial meeting and there was a lot of interest so we formed one and just went from there.

"We basically do anything we can to help out people in need, from financial support, welfare visits, helping out with jobs around the home - pretty much whatever the person needs and what we can provide for them.

"It really can be anyone with a connection to the game, from the lady who used to work in the canteen to first-aid officers to players.

"It's also just as much about being there in support for these people, as having someone there to talk to can be just as big a help for people in hospitals or nursing homes."

Local league legend Dan Tanner was paid a visit last week by Gympie MOL secretary Greg Pountney and membership officer Ken Condon.

"They came and had a chat and brought me a fruit cake for Christmas, which was a great surprise because I didn't know they were going to do all that for me," the Winston House Aged Care Facility resident said.

"It's great to know that there is that support around, and the friendship they provide as well as all they do to help is just terrific. …

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