The Newcastle Knights is joining together with the National Rugby League (NRL) and Country Rugby League (CRL) to help lift the spirits of the Dungog community with a special visit scheduled for Tuesday June 9.
Dungog, a country town on the Williams River in the upper Hunter Region, was significantly affected by the storm that hit the region on April 21.
In what was a natural disaster, it's reported 68 houses were flooded, four houses were washed away, 169 people were left without a home and three Dungog residents sadly lost their lives.
The visit is about reaching out to the whole community as well as providing some relief to the Dungog Junior Football Club.
“It’s known our region was hit hard but the Dungog community has especially suffered during and after the storm,” CEO Matt Gidley said.
“As the storm and flood recovery continues, we are looking forward to spending an afternoon in Dungog, talking to those affected and taking part in a clinic with the local juniors.”
The Dungog rugby league community has suffered after their facilities were flooded, equipment was washed away and they have had limited access to their playing field.
“We are excited to get to Dungog to meet all the locals who have been through some extremely tough times recently,” NRL’s Education and Welfare representative Andrew Ryan said.
“It has been fantastic the way the NRL, CRL and Newcastle Knights have rallied together to hopefully lift spirits in the area, support the town and assist in ensuring the local rugby league’s future remains bright.”
The team will get off the bus at the top of Dowling Street at 4pm to walk down the main street before arriving at Bennett Park where the community is invited for a group photo and BBQ, followed by a free clinic that kicks off at 5pm.
John Anderson, CRL Chairman added, “Rugby League always comes together in times of adversity and its great to work with the Knights and NRL to support a grass roots country club in need.”
4pm: Arrival top of Dowling Street (corner Hooke Street) for a street walk
4.45pm: Photo with local community at Bennett Park
5pm: One-hour clinic with juniors at Bennett Park