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 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.
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.
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.
Year 12 Advisor Maitland Grossmann High School
Northcott Support Networks Coordinator
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.
Bev Creagh PSM
Secretary, Newcastle Ball Committee
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.
CEO, The Mai-Wel Group
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 out 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 :-)
Our thanks go to Jeremy Smith and the Knights for the contribution made when he visited Wagga last week. Ross Kennedy described very well below the reception Jeremy received wherever he went. On the day we visited four high schools, each with a very different agenda and he responded professionally in all situations without being that clichéd, starchy athlete we’ve so often rolled out to the public. I believe his natural, easy going manner will set more kids on the right path than the media produced clones we’ve become used to. He also conducted a WIN news interview and ABC Grandstand interview along with a newspaper photo session. The Knights can be proud of this new recruit.
Bidgee Region Manager, CRLNSW
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...
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.
Thank you from MayWest School and its teachers
Sports Co-Ordinator, Mayfield West Demonstration School
We as a Club would like to express our thanks to you for all your support and effort you have made to assist us to continue to make available junior football to our children.
We thank you for all the opportunities that you have given us throughout this year and look forward to working with you throughout the future of our Club.
Club Secretary, Dungog Football Club