Bulldogs visit flood zone
THE Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs recently spent with the residents and emergency service workers of the flood-ravaged Lockyer Valley on day one of the Club's Queensland Flood Relief visit.
Bulldogs legends Hazem El Masri and Terry Lamb linked with current National Rugby League (NRL) stars David Stagg, Ben Barba, Michael Ennis, Michael Hodgson and Gary Warburton and Chief Executive Todd Greenberg on the two-day trip, which has been arranged in extensive consultation with Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Ipswich City Council, and fellow western Sydney NRL Clubs Parramatta, Penrith and the Wests Tigers.
“This is about us putting in for those who need help most of all, so we're heading up there with the intention of rolling up the sleeves and getting stuck in while also providing a morale boost in areas that have been hit hardest by this disaster,” Mr Greenberg said.
“It's heartening that two outright legends of our club in Hazem El Masri and Terry Lamb have volunteered to come along and help out alongside the players, all of whom were also very quick to put their hands up to help.
“This tragedy struck us all pretty hard, and especially those of our players who have a strong connection to Queensland.
“In particular, David Stagg and Ben Barba have been personally affected and understandably very keen to do something to help, so we've been working with them both to ensure that it happened as quickly as possible.
“As a club, we'll also be making a financial contribution, but I think it's most important at this time to just help out in any way we can.
“It's really pleasing to see that the Tigers, Eels and Panthers were also only too happy to jump on board and lend a hand.”
The Bulldogs travelling party flew to Toowoomba on Tuesday morning on a plane owned by Gary Johnston, Managing Director of major sponsor Jaycar.
After helping out with the recovery effort in the Lockyer Valley on Tuesday, visiting emergency shelters in Helidon and Gatton, the Bulldogs attended a barbecue with local football side the Gatton Hawks before staying the night in temporary accommodation with Army and emergency services personnel working in the town.
Today the group will head to Ipswich where they will work in the communities of Booval and Wulkuraka, and pay a visit to the West End Bulldogs junior Rugby League Club
“The recovery effort will be long and arduous and we're under no illusions about what we will see over the next couple of days,” Mr Greenberg said.
“We're also very conscious of the fact that our contribution is just one of many thousands that have been offered and will continue to be in the weeks and months to come.
“However, I'd just like to pay tribute to all of those who were so quick to offer their support for this venture, which was swift and unreserved.
“If it makes even a little difference to the people of Queensland, then the trip will have been a great success.”