League le­gends lift spir­its

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

THE count­down is on for the Queens­land Rugby League Drought Relief Good­will Tour, which will see cur­rent and for­mer NRL stars ar­rive in the re­gion next week.

Their mis­sion is to bring some cheer with their fun-filled sched­ule of vis­its.

Among the tour­ing party will be the Cronulla Sharks’ util­ity who was born and raised in Charleville, Kurt Capewell.

Com­ing home with fel­low NRL play­ers was an ex­cit­ing prospect, Capewell said.

“I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled that the game has come to­gether to sup­port those do­ing it tough in these ar­eas,” he said.

“I can’t wait to get home and see the joy that this ex­pe­ri­ence brings to many, in­clud­ing some of my fam­ily and friends.”

As part of their trip to bring footy and fun to drought af­fected towns, the pro play­ers will join NRL Game De­vel­op­ment teams at schools for coach­ing clin­ics.

Each day they’ll be fin­ish­ing off at the pub, where the play­ers will meet with lo­cals to share laughs, sto­ries and beer, do­nated as part of the tour.

To cap it off, Men of League will hold a golf day in Roma to raise funds for the drought relief ef­fort.

QRL and Men of League na­tional di­rec­tor Dar­ryl Van de Velde said this was the least they could do.

“We re­ally feel for the peo­ple who are af­fected by the drought and thought we could make a dif­fer­ence by get­ting out into the com­mu­ni­ties to have a chat and lis­ten to their con­cerns.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HEART TOUR: Charleville’s Kurt Capewell is among the tour­ing party for the Drought Relief Tour.

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