Every Under 9 player registered in the Toowoomba Junior Rugby League has received free headgear thanks to a new local initiative The Great White Campaign Inc.
The campaign is a local group of people committed to bringing a neurosurgical unit to the city of Toowoomba.
Members of the TGW Campaign committee handed over the headgear to representatives of each TJRL club last Wednesday.
TJRL President Dan Aldons said the League was thrilled to support the campaign and delighted to be able to take advantage of the offer of free headgear to players.
“The TJRL would like to sincerely thank the The Great White Campaign for their generosity, and we look forward to a developing partnership with them into the future,” Aldons said.
Campaign President Brendon Smith spearheaded the initiative and was able to strike a deal with Madison to secure the protective equipment made famous by former Toowoomba junior Johnathan Thurston.
They were able to purchase enough for every Under 9 player in the TJRL competition with thanks to the help and generosity of Brian Carmody from Madison.
The TJRL would like to sincerely thank the The Great White Campaign for their generosity, and we look forward to a developing partnership with them into the future.Dan Aldons TJRL President
Smith said it was a proud moment for the TGW committee, who is committed to advocacy, awareness, education and prevention.
“This initiative to donate a headgear to every Under 9 player in the Toowoomba Junior Rugby League covers all of those areas, advocacy of our cause, awareness of our campaign, education around safety and prevention of injury,” Smith said.
The TGW Campaign was named in honour of Braydon 'The Great White' Smith who passed in 2015 from bleeding on the brain caused by trauma from a sporting injury.
The TJRL has 195 registered Under 9 players signed up for this season which kicked off at the weekend.