The NRL Community went and united for a common goal this early May, in support of the 11th Round of ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer’, with fans visiting their nearest NRL store to purchase beanies in support of the event.
The charity event was held with the cooperation of Australia’s Channel Nine, the Fox League, the Macquarie Radio Network, as well as the Mark Hughes Foundation. The event’s aim was to bring the masses’ attention towards the topic of brain cancer. The event came to be because of the National Rugby League Foot Show and Nine NRL Executive Matt Callander, who is also a patient of brain cancer, having been diagnosed back in 2016.
The National Rugby League’s Chief Executive Officer, Todd Greenberg, made a statement regarding the event, saying that, when the idea for the ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer’ event was pitched, the higher-ups immediately agreed, with little hesitation to support Mr. Callander and other brain cancer patients in the country.
Mr. Greenberg says that Matt (Callander) is part of the NRL’s family, and that he, like other brain cancer patients, has been fighting bravely against the sickness, a particularly aggressive form of cancer.
All the funding raised by the sales of the ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer’ Round 11, went straight to the Mark Hughes Foundation. The round has a target of raising at least $500,000 to fund a three-year research group for another brain cancer research area.
Mr. Greenberg said that the charity event is much more than rugby league, much more than simply buying a beanie from an NRL store. It’s about creating awareness about brain cancer, which will bring attention to it and support research so that, in the future, brain cancer, and other forms of cancer can be fought.
NRL and its Channel 9 partner, Sportsbet, were one of many who committed to donating. The partnership donated $1,000 for every try scored across the whole of Round 11.
Beanies were also purchased by supporting fans throughout several matches during Round 11, which lasted from the 18th to the 21st of May, all in the spirit of supporting the NRL’s endeavour.