NRL stars to spread Christmas cheer
NRL stars will help Santa spread some Christmas cheer across the month of December by heading out to spend some time in their own club's communities.
Players will host community sausage sizzles and sporting clinics, visit local hospitals, youth centres and shelters and even play Secret Santa.
"For many of the players Christmas is one of their favourite times of the year when they get the chance to have some fun and at the same time put a smile on the face of some special children," NRL Head of Community Adam Check said.
"Clubs have the opportunity to engage with their own communities in their own special ways and bring some Christmas cheer to these children, many of whom have encountered more challenges than most of us will see in our lifetimes."
The Broncos will spend time with youth at the Red Cross Night Café in Brisbane, while the Bulldogs will join in boxing and basketball sessions with youngsters from the Belmore PCYC.
Details for every club's activities are:
Raiders: Raiders players will deliver Christmas gifts and spend time with the families at Ronald McDonald House in Canberra on Wednesday, 3 December.
Roosters: Players and Rocky the Rooster will make a special Christmas visit to the Children's Hospital to give presents and Christmas cheer. Players and Rocky will also visit Ronald McDonald House one evening in early December to spend time with the residents and families. Both events will take place on Wednesday, 3 December.
Sea Eagles: Manly will host a community BBQ with 150 local kids and children from selected charities at Manly Waterworks. Players will host a BBQ, go on the slides with the kids and provide gifts. The event will be supporting Royal Far West and Bear Cottage on Thursday, 4 December.
Storm: Skill clinics for kids and a BBQ with the local club, plus a visit from Santa! The event will be hosted at the Dare to Dream Festival supporting the Storms Charity Partners (Heart Kids, Epilepsy), on Saturday, 6 December at Bundoora.
Dragons: Wollongong Hospital – Secret Santa. The Dragons, working closely with hospital staff will target long term patients/families in real need. The Dragons will also visit the children's ward and have a special Xmas party.
St George Hospital – Secret Santa. The Dragons will visit the children's ward and present each patient with a gift. Both hospital visits will take place on Wednesday, 10 December.
Eels: During the normal ward visit to the Children's Hospital at Westmead, players will give out gift vouchers, movie tickets and free parking for families who visit the Hospital on Thursday, 11 December.
Wests Tigers: BBQ for Members, junior clubs and local community. Santa will be there to give out presents, have photos and play games on Thursday, 11 December at Campbelltown PCYC.
Broncos: Players to hand out backpacks filled with clothes and essentials at the Red Cross Youth Night Café on Tuesday, 16 December at Brisbane City Hall.
Bulldogs: Players join PCYC kids in boxing and basketball sessions, followed by party food and video games. Bulldogs to host party and donate items (basketballs, boxing bags, etc) as Christmas gifts to PCYC on Wednesday, 17 December at PCYC Belmore.
Knights: Secret Santa at local shopping centres.
Panthers: Secret Santa on Thursday, 4th December at Westfield, Penrith.
Rabbitohs: Christmas Party Supporting Youth Off the Streets, Wednesday, 17 December at Youth Off The Streets' South Eastern Sydney Outreach Centre, Maroubra NSW. The Rabbitohs will also be supporting a beach excursion for Indigenous students from the Marrickville LGA on Thursday, 18 December at Parsley Bay, Vaucluse.
Sharks: Christmas Community Blitz at Sutherland Hospital, Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick and Sylvanvale special needs pre-school on Wednesday 17th December. The Sharks will also host a Christmas party at Sharkies Leagues with an opportunity to meet the full squad on Friday, 19 December.
Titans: Supporting the Salvation Army by getting the players to go out and purchase presents to place under the Kmart Wishing Tree at Pacific Fair, launching Wednesday 3rd December. The Titans will also be doing a Secret Santa on Wednesday 10th December at Pacific Fair and a Christmas Carnival for Salvation Army on Friday 13th December at Mudgeeraba Firth Park.
Warriors: Christmas party for Kidz First Children's Hospital at SKYCITY on November 22. There will be decorating activities, a reading corner and Santa will be arriving to give out gifts, food and cake. The Warriors will also do a Secret Santa on Monday 1st December at Mt Wellington.
Cowboys: Players will visit the Community Emergency Support Centre providing essentials to people in need during the festive season in Townsville, date to be confirmed.