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The Central Division of the Queensland Rugby League are pleased to announce that on July 18-19, all venues across the Division will be raising awareness and funds for drought-affected areas of Outback Queensland.

All host venues will be encouraged to promote this event and donate funds raised.  All monies collected will be forwarded to the Central West Rugby League which have a number of clubs and communities suffering significantly at the hands of the drought.

Central Division Manager Glenn Ottaway said while this event will hopefully raise the spirits of those in the drought affected areas, it would only be rain that can give them the much needed relief from current conditions.

“I am sure the whole Division will support this initiative,” Ottaway said. “We are all well aware of the struggles the clubs and communities are facing at the moment in relation to the drought so hopefully this helps put a smile on their face to know that the rest of the rugby league community is aware of the situation they are in.”

Rugby league is often what binds outback communities together and nobody knows this better than Cowboys co-captain and Australian and Queensland front rower Matt Scott. 

The Longreach Tiger junior has thrown his support behind the event and thanked everybody for their contribution via a short video message which can be seen above.

Men of League have also partnered with the Division to support the event.  As an organisation, they are all about caring for communities and individuals and their support for this initiative demonstrates their reach goes well beyond those playing at the top level of the game.

Thanks to the Men of League, host venues will be given some added incentive to raise money on the designated weekend.  They have generously donated a prize item for the venue that raises the most money over the weekend.