The Newcastle Knights receive a lot of great feedback for the time they spend in the community and would like to share with you some of these stories.
Today my son had the thrill of taking Dylan Phythian for news.
The class researched Dylan and the Knights and were so excited when they saw him. Dylan answered a heap of questions the kids had wrote out, then went to the oval and showed the kids passing and kicking drills.
He conducted himself so well and did the Club proud on his first school visit - he left with 28 new fans for himself and the Knights.
Kathyrn Vitnell - Legacy
Anzac Day went extremely well! We were and are overwhelmed by the response we have received - the corporate box was great, the staff were absolutely lovely, and the atmosphere and being able to mingle with everyone involved was great.
The crowd was so supportive, they were even lining up to our volunteers to donate and receive their poppy!
The response was just amazing. We ended up raising $10,500! Nearly double from last year.
Our Manager and Legatee Ray Kelly spoke with the Chairman of the Board (Brian McGuigan) on the day, and he was so impressed. I will also be organising a plaque to show our gratitude.
Last night the Newcastle Knights hosted a junior members coaching clinic at Hunter Stadium, what a fantastic night!
The night went very smoothly and was well organised, so congratulations to the staff as well. The emphasis was on fun during several training drills and the players took their turns at 'stacks on' in their stride. I hope none of them were injured!!
All the 'big' name players were there and were completely accommodating to the kids' requests for photos, handshakes, high fives, autographs, etc... Always with a smile on their face and nothing seemed a problem to them, for what I am sure, at times must be difficult for them to always be so accommodating.
Some of the players may not be parents but they sure showed some parents how it's done.
My son and three other Kotara Bears Juniors met with Sione upon our arrival. Sione was also once a Bear and he was genuinely excited to see young Bears present and offered them all a high five. Well done Sione!!!
All too often we read of NRL players (and society in general) setting a poor example for our kids, but this was definitely not the case last night. All players and staff behind this outstanding night should be commended for their involvement.
See you next time!
Leeanne Hawke - Autism Spectrum Australia
On behalf of the Students, Staff and Parents of Aspect Hunter School, I would like to thank the players and staff at the Newcastle Knights for supporting autism awareness.
The opportunity you provided our students and families at both the training visit and the game day was beyond words.
The students and families involved in the home game were thrilled and so thankful for the opportunity to be involved.
Hamish, who did the coin toss, told me it was the best day ever. The smiles on the families and children’s faces showed just how much it meant to them.
Creating awareness in the community is so important to me personally. I know that with greater awareness and understanding of Autism, my son Riley will have a far better life. The stares will be less and the compassion and empathy will increase.
Thank you to you and your staff for your hard work and allowing Aspect to be involved with the Knights. I hope it will be a relationship that will continue to grow over the years.
Amber Dale - The Salvation Army
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your support in allowing The Salvation Army to collect at the Knights v Broncos game on Monday.
We did really well, raising significantly more than last year.
Thank you for allowing us to do a few things extra, such as bringing our mascot, having a presence on the family hill and doing the coin toss - I believe this all added to the success.
It was also a great opportunity to be able to share our planned activity through your social media avenues - thank you.
Shane Vosilla - Armoury Club Member
This is the second year I have been an Armoury Club Member, and this year's events have been well organised and have made members feel like they are involved with the team.
The opportunity to watch the team train in a closed door session was excellent - seeing the team prepare the day before a game was a rare experience.
My 7-year-old daughter, Abbey and I loved the chance to sit down with James McManus and Rick Stone at lunch, having a candid conversation about life and football.
James McManus had photos with us both and then made sure Abbey got to have a photo with her favourite player - Akuila Uate.
The following day, the opportunity to see the players as they came from the field after their great win against the Tigers was a great experience. After a tough game, the fact that the players were available to talk to, reiterated the importance of Armoury Club members to the Club.
Once again I'd like to thank the Knights members staff and all the players for making the weekend so memorable for both me and Abbey. As Abbey said, it was definitely worth missing her netball game for.
I’ve just seen the ANZAC jersey email, love, Love, LOVE IT... job well done to all involved!!
I called Toby to the computer to come look, his smile was priceless.
I’ve seen some of the other teams jerseys being released (Panthers, Cowboys) and I was hoping so much the Knights would do one.
I was really liking the Panthers jersey with the ‘rising sun’ until now when i saw ours... it has an Aussie flag without a Union Jack!!!!!!
I am a direct descendant of a first day lander at Gallipoli... my Great Grandfather.
He was born in Tamworth but after he returned (injured/shot) he lived his life as a proud Novacastrian, I’m sure he would be smiling too.
Thank you to the Newcastle Knights for donating a 2014 Signed Jersey for our Bare Your Feet For John Fundraiser on Sunday, 3 May 2015.
The Jersey sold for $550 at our auction, and this will go along way to support the MacRae family who sadly lost their 15-year-old son after a 5 year long battle to cancer.
The financial and emotional pressure this family have faced over the past 5 years has been horrific and to be able to help them ease some of this burden with your very generous donation words cannot express how appreciative we are.
I am overwhelmed with the generosity the Newcastle Knights have showed us and the timely manner in which they responded to our heartfelt request.
You're a great Club and what you do for the community does not go unnoticed. Thank you to all the staff and players at Newcastle Knights and all the best for this season.
Luke and Kimberley Barbara
We would just like to thank you once again for such an amazing experience, words cannot describe the time we had away with the team.
What a wonderful bunch of people each and every one of you are. Made us feel very welcome and comfortable all the time.
We have not stopped talking about it to all of our friends and family, they can't believe what a wonderful experience you gave us.
Hopefully this will encourage them to become Knights members too.
So again a massive thank you, to yourself, Matt Gidley, Rick Stone, Tara, all the coaching staff and our boys "the team".
Cannot wait to come say hello at all the home games. Feel like we have formed a wonderful friendship with you all.
What happens on tour stays on tour!
Mel Jaramillo - one happy mother
I would just like to say a big thank you on my daughter’s behalf.
Last night Willie Mason did an amazing job to visit all the children of the Bonnells Bay, Morrisett area. It made everyone’s night.
My daughter suffers from ADHD and can be a bit of handful at times and last night was being a bit cheeky to Willie, by sticking her tongue out.
He laughed and was making jokes with her, which was very funny to see.
I just want to say thanks again to him. Oceannah will never forget him and he has made a special place for my 8 year old daughter.
Thanks again Newcastle Knights very much appreciated.
Today my husband Greg and I were shopping at Target at Westfield Kotara when two of the players approached us and said they would like to pay for our shopping.
We can't get the smiles off our faces. The present was a Christmas gift for our 6-month-old granddaughter.
We have had a bad run lately with our oven dying and our washing machine needing repairs.
I just want to say thank you for your kindness. This has made our Christmas.
I had lost the Christmas spirit. Thank you for giving it back.
Julie McDonald - Northcott Support Networks Coordinator
Thanks to your kind donation of a signed Newcastle Knights jersey we raised $720 for people with disabilities, their families and carers in the Hunter.
As a not-for-profit provider of disability support services, I want to thank you so much for all your assistance and support of our programs, which improve the lives of hundreds of families across the Hunter.
Lyne Matthews - Year 12 Advisor Maitland Grossmann High School
I would like to express my gratitude for allowing Robbie to present at Maitland Grossmann High School’s Year 12 Graduation Ceremony.
Robbie is an ex-students from the school and he is an exemplar example of the values that the school promotes to all students.
Robbie was able to communicate to the students the benefits of working towards their goals and that following school, life can be more difficult and can require greater commitment and perseverance.
Robbie was able to communicate this very important message to our students in a very accessible and highly effective manner.
It is important for schools to access community organisations and build partnerships which can be mutually beneficial.
I would like to again thank the Newcastle Knights for enabling our partnership to continue to develop.
Bev Creagh PSM - Secretary, Newcastle Ball Committee
On behalf of the Newcastle Firefighters 2013 Ball Committee, I would like to convey our sincere appreciation of your kind-hearted donation towards our Annual Fundraising Ball.
Your generous sponsorship of a signed Knights Jersey was framed and sold at Silent Auction for $515.35.
Your sponsorship will enable the firefighters of Newcastle and the Hunter to make a donation of $34,000 to the John Hunter Hospital Children's Burns Unit and K.I.D.S Foundation Burns Survivors Support Group.
Pennie Kearney - CEO of the Mai-Wel Group
Mai-Wel would very much like you to pass on our appreciation to the administration of the Newcastle Knights who generously offered tickets to Mai-Wel and other disability providers in the Hunter area.
The tickets to attend the Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks game on Sunday 5th May and Knights merchandise ensured that the people attending had not only a great view of the game but also felt very much included by proudly wearing their Knights caps.
Donations such as these are greatly appreciated by Mai-Wel as we strive to offer our supported employees and clients experiences the general public take for granted.
My name is Mrs Jessica Smit, I'm currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House Newcastle with my 14-month-old son who sadly has been diagnosed with cancer.
He is half way through treatment, I wanted to send out a huge thank you to three of your players that put a smile on my son and my families face while they were here for the Donor Day last night.
If you could please pass on my sincere thanks to Jeremy Smith, Tyrone Roberts and a special thanks to Akuila Uate!!
He took the time out to spend a few moments playing with my baby it was the most lovely thing, we are going through the most darkest days of our lives and something that may be little to them is HUGE for us, they were happy to sign our babies shirt without a problem, it's a credit to them all and although I don't know them personally I'm so very proud of them all.
They may not remember me but I'm sure they will remember my 14-month-old Xan !!!
I really hope this message finds them.
May God bless them all, keep up the great work on and off the field and good luck for a wonderful season!!!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Kurt Gidley for making a special visit to my son Joe while he in hospital.
Kurt is Joe's idol and it has made his year. I know Kurt must have lots going on but we are so thankful to him for making Joe smile :-)
My name is Duncan Griffiths, and my fiancee (Ashley) and I have recently lost our first child to SIDS.
My brother in-law (Dayne) managed to get a hold of some tickets to the 'Sydney 500' in the WesTrac, pit area.
He noticed Kurt Gidley was around, and knowing that I am quite a big Knights fan, approached him for an autograph for me.
Dayne explained to Kurt a little bit of what had just happened. Kurt signed a WesTrac hat and a programme, with the message: "stay strong mate".
Dayne told me of the genuine interest and sadness Kurt showed during their short conversation.
Ashley and I are from Sydney, but have recently visited the SIDS Hunter office in South Hamilton.
We got plenty of help from the team of ladies there, and also spoke of the great work that the Knights do for SIDS, in particular on 'Red Nose Day' in 2012. Akuila and his cupcakes were a big talking point.
Also was, how good 'Big Willie' is with the kids. We will more than likely be making the trip up the F3, if the Knights are involved in the 2013 'Red Nose Day' celebrations.
I guess I just wanted to send an email, to let the club know that the gesture from Kurt means a lot to Ashley and I.
It lifted our spirits when we got what Dayne had given us. We are over-the-moon to know that SIDS is being recognised by the NRL, in particular the Knights.
Supporting those who have suffered, but also creating awareness for others is so important. The more the Knights do, the better off Australian families will be.
Thanks to everyone at the Knights, and keep up the good work. Here's to a big season on the field...
Kristina Roberts-Prisk - Sports Co-Ordinator, Mayfield West Demonstration School
I just wanted to sent a big thank you your way for helping me with Rugby League in our school this year.
Through the Backyard League series and the mentoring program as well as helping me with starting a League team to enter in the Knights Knockout and Jarrod Mullen Cup for the first time, your support has been tremendous.
Our kids have thoroughly enjoyed all the league experiences we have been able to offer them this year. The footy for each student was an amazing and unexpected bonus.
The kids have kicked and played and passed until they have been red in the face. This has only been able to be achieved through your assistance.