Western Sydney clubs help with flood clean-up
The NRL community will continue its support of the Queensland Flood Relief effort, with several clubs announcing they will fly to flood-ravaged areas today and help with the clean-up. <br><br> The Parramatta Eels have united with fellow western Sydney clubs Penrith, Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Tigers to aid the relief effort, with players and officials flying into south-east Queensland for two days to assist with the clean-up in the Ipswich area. <br><br> Chris Walker, Carl Webb, Nathan Hindmarsh, Daniel Mortimer, Luke Burt and coach Stephen Kearney will be among about 20 Eels based in Ipswich, mainly helping out in the badly damaged town of Goodna. <br><br> The Panthers will take 10 players including Petero Civoniceva, Michael Jennings, Lachlan Coote, Travis Burns and their coach Matthew Elliott to Karalee, Ipswich. <br><br> The Bulldogs will take five players, CEO Todd Greenberg and Canterbury legend Terry Lamb. <br><br> The Wests Tigers will be represented by about 13 players from the NRL squad including captain Robbie Farah, Benji Marshall and Lote Tuqiri. <br><br> Joining them on the trip will be Wests Tigers CEO Stephen Humphreys, coach Tim Sheens, and the likes of former Balmain and Wests legends in Paul Sironen, Steve Roach, Arthur Beetson and Noel Kelly. <br><br> “We all very much feel for the people affected by these devastating floods. We hope to use our profile and our physical presence to help in any way we can with the clean up,’’ Humphreys said. <br><br> Farah said: “All of the boys have been shocked by the devastation and of the images we have seen on television. <br><br> “We are really pleased to be able to help the people of Ipswich and we will do whatever work that needs to be done.” <br><br> Parramatta squad members will travel to Goodna, spending their time cleaning up debris and mud from streets and property, mingling with the community and helping with the clean-up for the local junior rugby league clubs. <br><br> The Eels will fly into Brisbane Airport this morning before being bussed out to Ipswich by Ipswich Council. <br><br> Parramatta Chairman Roy Spagnolo said the club is keen to do whatever it can to help the people of Queensland through the floods and clean-up. <br><br> "I'm really proud of this club and the way everyone has pulled together to get the boys up to Ipswich to help in whatever way they can," he said. <br><br> "Rugby league always unites in times of trouble and the Parramatta club are keen to help, especially given some of our players families were directly impacted by the floods." <br><br> The entire rugby league community is getting involved with flood relief efforts so to ensure the support provide is long-term, the NRL has appointed former Brisbane Broncos Chief Executive Bruno Cullen to co-ordinate ongoing further fund-raising and assistance packages to flood victims in both Queensland and NSW. <br><br> The NRL will work with government and community authorities to be there for the long road ahead. <br><br> On January 6 the NRL partnered the QRL donated in donating $100,000 to assistance programs and individual clubs have also announced fund-raising measures and direct community assistance in sending players to work in local clean-ups. <br><br> The Broncos have also donated $25,000 to the Appeal as well as physically helping out in the Brisbane area; the Cowboys have donated $20,000; and the Raiders yesterday launched an on-line auction to raise funds for the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.