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Mata'utias spread Christmas cheer

Peter, Chanel, Pat and Sione Mata’utia are four brothers on a mission, having commenced work on creating the Mata’utia Brothers Foundation.

Their aim is simple, they are four brothers trying to make a difference.

“We thought in 2017 we’d like to concentrate more on giving back to the community and giving that extra hand,” eldest brother Pete told Knights TV.

“My brothers and I thought it would be a good idea to give back to the community that helped us a lot when we were growing up.”

On Tuesday evening they visited the Newcastle Ronald McDonald House, meeting some of the children and their families, as well as the volunteers of the House.

The Newcastle Ronald McDonald House opened three years after the Knights was formed, and the two organisations have worked together closely over the years.

Pete says the Mata’utia brothers have been inspired by that, and want to provide their own support.

“It’s crazy how much the Ronald McDonald House does for families with sick kids,” Pete said.

“It lets the children feel like they’ve still got their family around, and places like this inspire us to give back to the community.”

In recent times players such as Jarrod Mullen and Akuila Uate have been regular visitors, and the Mata’utia brothers have been inspired.

“Over the years I’ve seen a lot of the boys get really close to families here,” Pete said.

“The bond that the Club and this House has is very strong, so we’re looking forward to building on that.”

In 2017 the four brothers will continue to build upon their good work in the community.