The Men of League Foundation is calling on all NSW Blues supporters to get behind their team like never before in the lead up to Origin II on Wednesday, June 15.
Men of League Sydney Metro Committee Patron and former Blues skipper Bob McCarthy is asking Blues fans to wear sky blue in their workplaces and schools on Wednesday, June 15, and for workplace managers and school principals across Sydney and all of NSW to encourage participation in this statement of support.
“Since State of Origin started in 1980, Queenslanders have claimed that they are more passionate on-field and more parochial off the field,” McCarthy said. “On the day of Origin I, Queenslanders, particularly in Brisbane, created a Maroon-wash of the CBD by wearing their colours to work and school. It’s time that Blues supporters stood up and matched this by wearing sky blue all day on Wednesday 15 June.”
Another former Blue, Mario Fenech, has also joined the chorus for NSW fans to get behind the team on 'Show Your Blues Day', Wednesday 15 June. “In addition to wearing the Blues colours, Men of League also encourages churches and schools to ring their bells at 10.00am on the day to sound the death knell for the Maroons, and let Ricky Stuart’s Blues hear our support,” Fenech said.
Popular former Newcastle Knights and Blues five eighth Matty Johns added his support to the 'Show Your Blues Day' campaign.
In a plea to fans to help turn the tables on Queensland, Johns said: “I urge all Blues supporters to go to the Men of League Foundation Facebook page, register and ‘like’ the Men of League, tell your Facebook friends to do likewise and spread the word to their friends. We need to get as many people involved in 'Show Your Blues Day' as possible and to make this go viral.”
Similarly, businesses, schools and community groups are encouraged to register their support for 'Show Your Blues' day on the page and be in the running for 10 tickets to State of Origin II at ANZ Stadium.
Blues fans who show their support on June 15 are invited to post photos of themselves in their Blues colours to the Men of League Foundation Facebook page. The best photo will receive two tickets to State of Origin III at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, along with airfares and one night's accommodation, courtesy of The Rugby League Experience.
To show support for the NSW VB Blues, workplaces, schools and individuals may consider the following suggestions:
- Ask your boss or school principal to encourage participation in ‘Show Your Blues Day' by all workers and students
- Have a Blues morning tea
- Schools may use the day as a gold coin fundraiser by participants
- Dress up your workplace/school in Blues colours
- Turn you website blue for the day
- Wear blue wigs or spray hair blue for the day and raise funds for a charity such as Men of League
- Schools and churches are encouraged to make their support for the Blues heard by ringing their bells for 10 seconds at 10am on 'Show Your Blues Day'.
Fenech concluded by making a typically passionate call to NSW supporters. “Don’t miss this opportunity to turn the tables on Queensland and get right behind the NSW VB Blues by turning Wednesday 15 June blue,” he said.
For further information on 'Show Your Blues Day', contact Chris Bannerman from Men of League on 0414 283 239.