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Lisa Runs Long for Camp Quality

17/05/2011 4:54:22 PM

Congratulations to Lisa Greenberg, wife of Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg, whose successful completion of the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday raised over $3,000 for Camp Quality.
Lisa completed the 21.1 kilometres in a net time of one hour, 47 minutes and 54 seconds, making her the 3,852 placegetter out of 10,838 registered finishers.
At the time of writing, Lisa’s fundraising efforts for Camp Quality, the Bulldogs in the Community programme’s premier partner, had reached $3,200 with funds still rolling in.
Congratulations Lisa and to all those who participated in the Half Marathon Fundraising efforts.
To donate to Lisa and her fundraising CLICK HERE

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Camp Quality Recognise Fundraising Efforts

27/01/2012 5:22:36 PM

Camp Quality representative Bronwyn Neeson presented Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg and Captain Michael Ennis with a special Camp Quality plaque in recognition of the Bulldogs 2011 fundraising efforts at Belmore Sports Ground today, Friday, January 27.
Bronwyn presents the thank you plaque to Todd and Mick

The Bulldogs association with Camp Quality dates back to 2009 and today’s presentation which took place at the Bulldogs Corporate Kids Family BBQ, recognised the outstanding effort the Bulldogs have made to once again reach our $100 000 fundraising target for Camp Quality, for the third successive year.
Bronwyn presents Todd with the plaque on behalf of Camp Quality in front of Bulldogs corporate partners and their families.

Bronwyn presented the award in front of our valued corporate partners and their families who had the opportunity to spend some time and have a chat with our current training squad.
Greg Eastwood enjoyed the afternoon meeting the kids and speaking to our partners

Our important relationship with Camp Quality is continuing throughout the 2012 season.
The Bulldogs Camp Quality NRL round will take place at our first home game in Round 2 versus the Dragons at ANZ stadium. The game will be all things CQ with the players set to don yellow socks and a number of very special Camp Quality families attending, along with a number of Camp Quality themed activities on the night.
There is also a very exciting and unique fundraising initiative planned which will no doubt be a crowd pleaser – full details to be announced shortly. 


Bulldogs Blitz Local Schools

10/02/2012 5:35:07 PM

Bulldogs players visited 54 schools and saw nearly 10,000 kids over four days in both our local area and in Wagga Wagga to cap off an inspiring week of Community Carnival activities.
34 players joined ARL Development staff from around Sydney to visit more than 5000 kids in the Canterbury-Bankstown area.

The earlier half of the week saw Steve Turner, Bryson Goodwin, Tim Browne and Luke MacDougall accompanied by coach and former player Brett Kimmorley visit the town of Wagga Wagga, spending time in 23 schools and conducting a Junior League registration day as well as a presentation with the Mayor of Wagga Wagga, Cr. Kerry Pascoe.
To read more about their adventures in Wagga Wagga CLICK HERE
Thursday, February 9 was the Bulldogs local community blitz with 30 NRL players, accompanied by NSW cup and NYC players joining ARL Development staff to visit 32 schools in our own Canterbury-Bankstown region.
Players were paired up in groups and accompanied by ARL Development staff members to deliver messages to the students.
Dene Halatau and Shane Pumipi visited Campsie Public School with Canterbury ARLD officer, Ryan Borg.

2012 is the National Year of Reading and reading was a hot topic for primary school visits with the players telling students their favourite books.
NSW Cup player Shane Pumipi got some giggles when he declared “Captain Underpants” by David Pilkey was his favourite book growing up, whilst Dene Halatau used to love the choose your own adventure books.
Ben Barba and U20s star David Klemmer visited McCallums Hills Public School to speak about the importance of reading.

In secondary schools players spoke of the NRL’s Dream Believe Achieve message where they spoke of the importance of aiming high, setting a goal and working hard to achieve your dreams.
The Rugby League Community Carnival is an annual event on the NRL’s calendar and is a great opportunity for NRL clubs to work closely with ARL Development and Country Rugby League to visit schools and junior league clubs both locally and in regional areas, covering thousands of kilometres around Australia and New Zealand.
Can you spot Dene and Shane at Campsie Public School?

Kicking off in January the month-long Community Carnival, sees NRL players and Development Officers deliver 10,000 ice coolers, 10,000 rulers and puzzles, 100,000 packs of select NRL Champions, 25,000 Chase cards and 15,000 Rugby League Reads magazines.

*In other community news, Bulldogs players Greg Eastwood and Steve Turner will be at the NSWRL Multicultural Day to be held at Lidcombe Oval, Lidcombe tomorrow, Satuday, February 11. In partnership with the Auburn Warriors the day will kick off at 10am through to 2pm, with players attending from 11am-12noon.
The NRL’s Mario Fenech will also be around on the day to promote playing rugby league and to talk about the NRL’s Rugby League Reads program and promote playing rugby league. 


Day Two a Huge Success in Wagga

8/02/2012 12:19:55 AM

Bulldogs players Steve Turner, Bryson Goodwin, Luke MacDougall and Tim Browne have travelled 500 kilometres to Wagga Wagga for three days as part of the NRL’s annual Community Carnival which sees more than 400 players from all 16 NRL clubs visiting schools and junior leagues in both regional NSW as well as their own local districts.
Key messages the players have been delivering over the three day trip include rugby league reads in which they reinforce the importance of reading for primary school kids as well as the NRL’s Dream Believe Achieve message for secondary students, encouraging students to set goals and aim high.
The players spoke to the students at North Wagga PS.

Wagga was the first choice Community Carnival destination for the Bulldogs, as the town holds an important part in the club’s history having been the breeding ground for the Mortimer brothers who are highly regarded as both Bulldogs and rugby league royalty.
The Bulldogs will also be returning to Wagga in a fortnight to play the third and final trial versus the Canberra Raiders at McDonald’s Park on Saturday, February 18, prior to the official NRL season kickoff on March 3.
The players arrived in Wagga on Monday afternoon, January 6, where they joined forces with the local Country Rugby League (CRL) and ARL Development officers, including former NRL and Bulldogs player, Adam Perry. The group made full use of the afternoon, visiting local schools including Wagga Christian College, Kooringal High School and Kooringal PS.
Tim was a favourite at Wagga PS.

During the school assemblies the players spoke to the students about their favourite books growing up with Tim Browne’s choice of the “Grug” series a crowd favourite, with Zap declaring Goosebumps and Roald Dahl’s books as his favourite growing up.
The players were honoured to meet the Mayor of Wagga Wagga, Cr. Kerry Pascoe, taking the opportunity to present a signed 2012 Bulldogs Jersey as a thank you to the city of Wagga for their hospitality. The players were also given a first look tour of McDonalds Park and an inspection of the ground in which the trial will be played on Saturday, February 18.
The players presented a signed jersey to Cr. Kerry Pascoe, Mayor of Wagga Wagga.

Bulldogs coach and former player Brett Kimmorley joined the players for day two of Community Carnival, which was action packed seeing the players visit twelve schools throughout the day.
Brett, Zap and Tim were in their element at The Riverina Anglican College (TRAC), conducting a special coaching clinic for the senior rugby league team in preparation for the upcoming school boy’s competition. With the session watched on by the whole school, the team showed some flare, nailing some drills and plays set out by Coach Kimmorley.
Noddy, Tim & Zap enjoyed putting the TRAC league team through their paces in a training session.

The afternoon was completed with a Junior League registration day at Parramore Park to promote playing rugby league in Wagga. Close to 100 kids and parents attended the event, signing up with their local club, meeting the players, throwing the football around and having a free sausage sizzle.
To see photos from the first two days CLICK HERE
The final day of the Bulldogs Community Carnival trip to Wagga will see the players visit eight more schools before boarding a return flight to Sydney to prepare for Sunday’s back to Belmore trial.
The Bulldogs will also be conducting our local Community Carnival Blitz this Thursday afternoon, February 9, with the full summer training squad visiting 32 schools in the Canterbury-Bankstown region, in what will be a very exciting and rewarding afternoon. 


Bulldogs in the Community Weekly Wrap

17/02/2012 5:04:22 PM

With trial games in full swing and the season fast approaching our players have been training hard and also enjoying spending time in our community both locally and abroad.

On Saturday, February 11, Frank Pritchard and Greg Eastwood joined fellow teammate and NSWRL Western Sydney Academy Ambassador, Steve Turner at the inaugural NSWRL Multicultural Day held in partnership with Auburn City Council and NRL’s One Community.
The rain finally cleared at Lidcombe Oval for the start of the festivities including numerous clinics, rugby league based activities including rugby league reads, as well as lots of prizes and giveaways.
One Community Ambassador and rugby league favourite Mario Fenech was also on deck in what was a great day!

On Sunday, February 12, the club made history, heading ‘Back to Belmore’ for the first time since 1998. Our Belles cheerleaders banded together to assist with a bucket collection for our premier charity partner Camp Quality. Exact figure raised will be announced shortly.
Our Camp Quality charity round will be taking place at the Bulldogs first home game of the year in round 2 versus the St George Illawarra Dragons. A number of exciting Camp Quality activations will take place on the day and their will also be a number of Camp Quality families invited as special guests.

On Wednesday, February 15, Michael Lett and Tim Lafai visited a very special young boy at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead to deliver a special 2012 Bulldogs jersey and a couple of small goodies.

Bulldogs players will be in Wagga this weekend to kickoff our final trial game versus the Canberra Raiders before the NRL season commences on March 1.
Whilst in Wagga players will be out and about the local Wagga community conducting an open training session and a meet and greet with Bulldogs members and fans in the area. Full wrap up coming soon.

Finally, the NSW Wheel Chair Rugby League is holding their 2012 Grand Final on Saturday, February 18 at Kevin Betts Stadium, Mt Druitt. The Wheelchair Rugby League season runs from October to February.
Saturday’s activities will commence at 10.30am with two semi-finals followed by the Grand Final at 2.30pm and a presentation at 3.30pm. The day is sure to be a great day out, with skills sessions, a free bbq and the opportunity to watch some very inspiring athletes. 


Bandaged Bear Day with a Bulldogs Twist

Friday 30 March 2012 5:38 PM
Bulldogs players Joel Romelo, Jonathon Wright, Jaelen Feeney and Belles cheerleaders Abby, Danni and Hayley were front and centre in Martin Place throughout the day assisting in Bandaged Bear Day which is part of the month long Bandage Bear Appeal, which is the Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s signature fundraiser event for the year.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is one of Bulldogs in the Community’s six community partners, with Bulldog players assisting with fundraiser events and visiting young patients throughout the year.
As the Hospital’s major fundraising event, The Bandaged Bear Appeal has raised over $12.5 million since its inception 23 years ago. Bandage Bear Day volunteers were present at a number of key sites across Sydney with the site at Martin Place the head quarters.
Joel and Jono nominated the early shift and were joined by Bulldogs trainee and SG Ball up and comer Jaelen Feeney in Martin Place to capture the morning peak hour rush. A competition quickly evolved between the players to see who could sell the most bears and raise the most amount of money.
Local students were fantastic ambassadors, volunteering for the morning shift.

Our Belles cheerleaders attended Martin Place and were a big hit with the lunchtime crowd, with the girls doing a great job selling lots of bears and meeting Bulldogs fans, they were joined by the famous Bandaged Bear, meeting and greeting people passing by and posing for lots of photos.
The day was a great success thanks to the hard work by staff from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the hundreds of volunteers from all works of life including school students and local businesses who assisted on the day and did a great job for a very worthy cause. 


[h=1]Support Your Community![/h]

Saturday 12 May 2012 8:01 AM

Bulldogs in the Community is coming in to one of its busiest weekends of the year with community partners RSPCA and Salvation Army both holding their major fundraisers and both need your support!

RSPCA: Million Paws Walk

The RSPCA will take centre stage at the Bulldogs round 11 home game, raising awareness about important animal welfare issues.

The RSPCA a Bulldogs charity partner since 2008, is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year – The Million Paws Walk next Sunday, May 20. More than just a fun day out, it’s a great way for dog lovers, families, friends and corporate teams to join forces and help raise vital funds for animals in need.

This year’s Million Paws Walk in Sydney will once again be held at Cathy Freeman Park – Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday, May 20.

For more information go to

The Salvos Need Your Help!

Volunteer for the Salvos Red Shield Doorknock Appeal on the weekend of May 19-20 and help make a difference.

The Red Shield Appeal is the Salvation Army's major annual fundraising drive and enables the Salvation Army to provide assistance to over one million Australians each year.
The Salvation Army Campsie will be collecting across the Canterbury / Cooks River Zone which includes approximately 16,000 households.
To register your interest as a volunteer call 02 9718 7933 or email [email][/email] OR to find an area near you go to:

To see how rewarding volunteering can be click HERE. 


[h=1]Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler shaves head to raise $100,000 for Camp Quality[/h]
Source: The Daily Telegraph

CANTERBURY coach Des Hasler has shaved his famous flowing locks to raise $100,000 for children's cancer charity Camp Quality.

Since announcing the “Shave Des” initiative at the start of the season, the Bulldogs , who have been working with Camp Quality since 2009, had been waiting to reach the $100,000 mark before pulling out the razor.

That mark was reached this morning, with Hasler shocked at how quickly the money came in.

“I was chuffed that we were able to raise it so quick, and when you put it in those terms, the short hair sort of pales into insignificance,” Hasler said.

“Particularly in these times of economic gloom, greed and rash decisions, [it’s great] that people will kick in five bucks, 500 bucks, 35000 dollars, to raise money for such a worthy cause.” Gallery: Des Hasler's $100K hair cut
Hasler said he hadn't had shorter hair in 25 years.

The shave was assisted by Nicholas Toia, 7, from Camp Quality.

“Let’s just hope it’s not this close a shave next Monday night when we play the Sharks ,” Hasler said.

According to Camp Quality, the initiative was a “light bulb” moment from Canterbury CEO Todd Greenberg 


[h=1]Bulldogs Out and About in the Community[/h]

Friday 25 May 2012 5:14 PM
Captain Mick Ennis led by example this week visiting All Saints School in Belmore, Josh Reynolds stopped in at Canterbury Boys High and Sam Kasiano paid a visit to Bankstown Hospital to cheer up a young Milperra Colts junior player.
The students at All Saints Belmore earned a visit from Captain Mick Ennis after they defeated the odds and claimed their very first Mick Ennis shield at a local gala day run by ARL development.
Mick spoke to the students about his career and how he came to be in the NRL, before signing autographs and having photos with the students.
Josh Reynolds joined with the local Salvation Army Campsie corps to visit Canterbury Boys High School. Students from the school can hold their heads high after giving generously to the annual Red Shield appeal, both through volunteering for the doorknock and by holding a ‘jersey day’ at school collecting gold coin donations.
One of the students took great honour in presenting the collected money to Salvation Army representative Steven Pearse.
Josh took the opportunity to thank the students for their hard work in raising much needed funds for the Bulldogs in the Community charity partner the Salvation Army and the great work the Salvos do!
At the same time Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano paid a visit to Milperra Colts Junior player Jayden Urban at Bankstown Hospital. Jayden who sustained a nasty broken leg in an unfortunate accident on the weekend was absolutely over the moon when he saw who his visitor was.
Sam signed Jayden who is a huge Bulldogs fan’s cast which Jayden can’t wait to show off to both his school and his team mates.
From everyone at the Bulldogs we wish Jayden a very speedy recovery! 


[h=1]Bulldogs Celebrate Reconciliation Week[/h]

Friday 8 June 2012 5:00 PM

The Bulldogs recognised and celebrated National Reconciliation Week at Saturday’s round 13 Special Olympics Cup blockbuster versus the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday, June 2 at ANZ Stadium.
National Reconciliation Week which ran from May 27-June 3 is celebrated across Australia each year and commemorates two very important milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum (May 27) and the High Court Mabo decision (June 3, 1992).
Local Bankstown Elders were special guests at the game and were joined by 50 students who are currently taking part in the club’s new, Learn Earn Legend School 2 Work (S2W) program.
Students attending the game are part of the clubs new Learn Earn Legend S2W Program, which was developed to create pathways to successful careers for Aboriginal students in years 11 and 12 in participating schools across Western Sydney.
Students from Hills Sports High School, Chester Hill High, East Hills Boys and Girls High Schools and Granville South High School attended the exciting game, which was their first outing and a great way to kick off a very intensive and innovative mentoring program.
Prior to kick off local Bankstown Elders, Aunty Marg, Uncle Col and Aunty Jan took centre field starting the evening’s processions with a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’.
Following the ‘Welcome to Country’, School 2 Work participants, Jadyn Collas from Hills Sports High, Kali Kemp from Chester Hill High and Kyle Hoffman from Granville South joined the Elders on-field, to present them with a very unique and one of a kind football, featuring Indigenous artwork by Daren Dunn.
The School 2 Work program which is also running across a number of clubs in the NRL is currently being rolled out at the Bulldogs by Canterbury Bankstown Aboriginal Project Officer, Dean Feeney. Dean oversees the program and provides support and one-on-one mentoring to the handpicked students, with the overall aim for students, to complete their senior schooling and move into further study, training, or meaningful employment.
The program also aims to develop a strong pool of resources and mentors- including NRL players and staff, community, government and business organisations- to assist students in reaching identified goals and set them on the road to career success.
Current NYC squad member Denzil King has been the first player to be appointed trainee for the program, which sees him assisting and working with Dean. 


[h=1]Pride Of Australia: Bulldogs star Corey Payne nominated for education work with kids[/h]
[*] Tony Thomas
[*] The Daily Telegraph
[*] July 02, 2012 12:00AM
ON the rugby league field, Canterbury Bulldogs star Corey Payne knows all about success. Victory is measured by performance, how well he played and how well his teammates executed the game plan.
As director of Future Direction Network, Payne's off-field venture measures success in a far different way. Nominate someone for a Pride of Australia Medal now FOLLOW PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA ON TWITTER FOLLOW PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA ON FACEBOOK It's by the smiles on the faces and the sheer determination to improve themselves academically that Payne sees in the kids he talks to every week.

Payne's work in trying to ensure kids in southwest Sydney receive every opportunity to attend tertiary education has earned him a nomination in the community spirit category of the 2012 Pride Of Australia Awards.
"We recently held a big information night at Revesby and more than 700 parents and students attended, asking questions about tertiary education and what we can do to help," Payne said.
"That is probably the highlight of what we've done so far in four years. Just to see that level of interest and engagement in what we're trying to achieve is really heartening. That's how we will manage success - by how many kids we can help move forward and have the chance to further their education at university."
Payne is well versed on the subject. He grew up in southwest Sydney, attended Westfields Sports High and, like many of the kids he talks to, had no real aspirations to go to university.
"I had the dream to make it as an NRL player and none of my family had attended university until my elder brother did," Payne recalls.
"Once I found out how he was going at uni and the things he was going to be able to achieve, I decided to give it a go.
"I have been able to have a good career in the NRL and I'm thankful for that, but I'm also thankful for the opportunities uni has presented me for the future.
"And that's what I try to tell the kids when we speak to them - that uni is all about the opportunity to achieve the goals you thought you may never be able to achieve."
Payne and his fellow directors at Future Direction Network hope to set up a fund shortly which will enable FDN to offer tertiary scholarships.
Corey Payne who has developed a company called Future Direction Network to encourage kids from southwest Sydney to attend university and further their education. Pic: Nic Gibson
Source: The Daily Telegraph 


[h=1]Christmas in July at Ronald McDonald House[/h]

Friday 3 August 2012 5:00 PM

As part of Christmas in July festivities Dene Halatau, Jake Foster, Harlan Alaalatoa and Kris Keating headed to Ronald McDonald House on Monday, July 30 along with special guests Ronald and Santa to celebrate a very special occasion with the full house of residents.
A great evening was had by all with every child receiving a special gift from Santa and Bella from My Kitchen Rules cooking the delicious Christmas feast.
Dene, Jake, Harlan and Kris were a huge hit with the kids and adults alike and spent the majority of the evening on the play equipment playing endless games of hide and seek, although Dene’s restricted movement made him a pretty easy target.
There was laughter and smiles aplenty with the parents enjoying the break and the kids enjoying the distraction and their time spent with Bulldogs players.
Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for numerous families who have to move for often extended periods of time to be closer to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead for various treatments, with return visits often on the cards.
Be sure to check out some of the photos from the evening!

The Bulldogs are proud to have The Canterbury Bankstown Express as the Official Media Partner of the Bulldogs in the Community Program. 


[h=1]Future Direction Network Charity Luncheon[/h]

Friday 3 August 2012 10:46 AM

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Future Direction Network (FDN) announces a charity luncheon held in its name by Canley Heights RSL on Friday, 10th August 2012. The charity luncheon will feature Mario “The Falcon” Fenech and Darryl “Big Marn” Brohman, with entertainment also provided by magician Jackson Aces and hostess Charlotte Rhiane. Former Australian cricketer Len Pascoe is the MC for the event.
The luncheon will begin at 12pm. Tickets cost $50 each, or $450 for a table for 10. This includes a lovely three-course meal and four drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased from Canley Heights RSL.
Bulldogs players Steve Turner, Dene Halatau, Kris Keating and Josh Reynolds will all be in attendance too!
Funds raised from the luncheon will go towards establishing a scholarship to assist students in South-West Sydney to attend university. FDN Chairman Corey Payne believes the luncheon is a great way to show support for increasing focus on tertiary education in South-West Sydney.
“FDN is in the process of establishing a scholarship fund, with the aim of providing three $6,000 grants to students in South-West Sydney each year to help them with the cost of going to university and maintaining a vibrant student experience. With a great three-course meal, four drink tickets and an afternoon with The Falcon and Big Marn, I think the recipe is complete for a lovely Friday afternoon with your family, friends, colleagues or clients”, Corey said.
About FDN
The mission of Future Direction Network is to inform, educate and inspire youth from South West Sydney about the importance of attending university. This is to be accomplished through mentoring programs, career pathway planning and financial assistance (scholarships) mechanisms.
The Future Direction Network board of directors have all grown up in South West Sydney and gone on to study at university. Each director understands the challenges that students can face in progressing from high school to university and are dedicated to bridging the information gaps and demystifying the common mis-perceptions students from South West Sydney hold in regards to university study. Click here to find out more or LIKE Future Direction Network on Facebook. 


Teacher’s Aide Foster Presented Special Parting Gift

Friday 14 September 2012 3:12 PM Jake Foster was gifted a special memento at Belmore Sports Ground today (Friday, September 14) when he had a visit from Jarrod Markna. Jake was a teacher’s aide at East Hills High as part of the Bulldogs NYC Education and Welfare program when he first met Jarrod and the two developed a very special bond.

Foster will be joining the Raiders at the end of the season and before he left, Jarrod, cousin Jai Fay and family wanted to show their appreciation of Jake’s work at East Hills and the friendship they formed through the teacher’s aide program by presenting Jake with a handmade gift. Jake was overwhelmed when he was presented with special handmade and hand painted traditional clap sticks, representing both Jarrod and Jake’s Indigenous heritage.

NYC head coach Andy Patmore was also presented with a handmade gift, with the family showing their appreciation of Patmore’s role in the teacher’s aide program and the placement of Jake at East Hills. Patmore was presented with a handmade traditional Coolamon which was crafted from a block of clay. Coolamon’s are used as part of traditional ‘smoking ceremonies’ to ward off the evil spirits.

The family are avid Bulldogs fans and attend most NRL and NSW cup games to support the team and to support Jake, who they recognise and give thanks for being such a big part of Jarrod’s life.

Bulldogs in the Community currently have five NYC players employed in schools around south west Sydney as part of the club’s Education and Welfare Program.
Patrick Templeman – East Hills High
Moses Mbye – Bankstown Public School
Blake Cater – Banksia Road
John Taefu – Tregear High; and
Tupou Sopoaga – Marrickville High School

In their role as teacher’s aides, the players assist students in various educational pursuits and endeavour to be positive male role models and mentors within the school environment, which is evident in the impact Foster has had on Jarrod.

The role of teacher’s aide is popular among players and has proven to be a great stepping stone and taste test for players who are looking to study and pursue a career in teaching following rugby league.

Current NRL and NSW cup players Josh Reynolds, Josh Jackson, Dale Finucane, Martin Taupau, Jake Finn, Josh Gill, Ratu Tagive and NYC player Paul Carter have all held roles as teacher’s aides over the years. Dale Finucane, Paul Carter, Blake Carter and Patrick Templeman are currently studying to be Primary School teachers and Moses Mbye is looking to commence study in 2013. 


[h=1]Canterbury Hospital Receives $38000 for ICU[/h]

Thursday 20 September 2012 3:11 PM
Canterbury League Club Chairman Dr George Peponis, Bulldogs Chairman Ray Dib and Bulldogs ambassador Brett Kimmorley gathered at Canterbury Hospital on Wednesday, September 19 to present the hospital with a cheque for $38,000. Dr George Peponis , who was the first player born outside of Australia to Captain the Australian Rugby League team was proud to present the money to Canterbury Hospital's General Manager Ann Kelly.
The hospital will be using the money to purchase new ventilator machines in the ICU.
The donation is part of a larger pool of money which Canterbury League Club and the Bulldogs give back to the local community and worthwhile community organisations throughout the year.
Following the official presentation Brett Kimmorley was a star hit amongst the kids ward. Noddy visited a number of patients presenting them with Bulldogs goodies, including posters, magazines and water bottles.
Informal discussions with the hospital mentioned plans of converting the play room in the kids ward to a Bulldogs themed room – stay tuned for future updates on its progress!
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Your clue was "Bulldogs past Captain". Click here to enter! 


[h=1]Bulldogs bound for Papua New Guinea[/h]

Friday 19 October 2012 4:02 PM
In what is a first for the Club, a number of Bulldogs players and staff will tomorrow embark on a week-long trip to picturesque Kavieng in Papua New Guinea, where they’ll take part in rebuilding local infrastructure, and facilitate health, education and sports clinics.
A selection of first grade players including Mitch Brown, Martin Taupau, Shane Pumipi and Brett Lane, as well as up and coming players Moses Mbye, Paul Carter, Leilani Latu and Gerard McCallum, will be joined by club staff and members who will assist on projects in three main areas: education, health and rugby league development.

The trip is being hosted by the Kavieng Hotel with a number of partners including Canterbury League Club, ACPE and Australian Business Apprenticeship Centres offering financial and logistical support.

The work will include providing maintenance at local village schools, educating communities on important health issues such as HIV as well as running footy clinics for the sports mad kids of the region.

Bulldogs player Mitch Brown who has played 81 NRL games is looking forward to the experience.

“I’m excited to be a part of this project, said Mitch. “Travelling to an exotic location and seeing young rugby league mad kids will be a real buzz.

“Bulldogs in the Community is such an important part of our Club and our role as rugby league players. The opportunity to travel to Kavieng and help with construction work at health clinics and conduct coaching clinics was on opportunity to good to refuse. I think it will be a very rewarding experience, it will help the New Ireland community and give everyone from the Bulldogs a perspective of life in a totally different country”.

This week’s trip is extending the great work the Bulldogs do in the Community internationally, benefitting thousands of New Ireland school children who would not have had this opportunity otherwise.

Martin Taupau who spent time as a teacher’s aide before joining the Bulldogs squad fulltime is very excited to be part of the trip.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the locals and exploring the islands, said Martin. I have always wanted to visit PNG so this trip is a once in a life time opportunity. I can’t wait to be there, visit the schools and see the best of what PNG has to offer.”

PNG TPA’s Australia and New Zealand representative Michael Woods said the high profile of the Bulldogs, together with the incredible passion Papua New Guineans have for rugby league makes this a particularly exciting trip that has the potential to show PNG in a new light.

“New Ireland province is a very beautiful part of PNG and this trip is a great way to showcase to Australians the sort of coastal holiday they can have there while also having a positive impact on the local community who not only need the assistance being offered but who will really appreciate a visit from such a prominent league team.”

The Bulldogs would like to extend a very big thank you to Papua New Guinea Tourism for their guidance and assistance in planning this community initiative, along with Canterbury League Club, ACPE and Australian Business Apprenticeship Centres for their assistance with this very important and worthwhile community project!

Keep an eye out for updates throughout the week and a full wrap up when the group returns on Monday, October 29! 


[h=1]Bulldogs travel to Kavieng, Papua New Guinea[/h]

Thursday 1 November 2012 3:56 PM

We started our journey with a full day of travel from Sydney through to New Ireland (Kavieng) with a stopover in both Port Moresby and Rabaul.

We could not have had a more positive experience during the 10 hours in transit.

The overwhelmingly massive crowd upon our arrival at the tiny domestic airport at Kavieng (picture a country town bus station and you’ve got the airport in one) was nothing short of amazing. Thousands of smiling, enthusiastic locals eagerly welcomed our arrival into New Ireland.
We were so completely overwhelmed with the warm welcomes everywhere we went which extended from local, everyday people right through to the Vice

Minister of sport in Port Moresby and the Kavieng Minister (mayor) upon arrival at our final destination.

While intense and tiring – the passion for Rugby League exuded by the local people meant the whole crew finished the day eagerly awaiting the next. 


[h=1]NRL: Canterbury Bulldogs top class in PNG[/h]
[*] People
6 Nov 12 @ 01:00am

BULLDOGS players helped build a classroom and ran footy clinics for children during their recent week-long visit to Papua New Guinea.
First grade players Mitch Brown, Martin Taupau and Brett Lane, up-and-coming players and club staff were on hand to assist on projects in education, health and rugby league development, in New Ireland's provincial capital of Kavieng. Check out our photo gallery HERE
They also talked to school children about the importance of getting a good education.
2012 Toyota Cup captain Moses Mbye said the experience had a huge impact on him.
"We were there to promote the game to these villages through sports clinics but also to enforce the importance of staying in school and working hard," Mbye said.
A PNG Tourism Promotion Authority spokesman said the visit would provide positive exposure for the island nation.

[h=1]Day 4 in Papua New Guinea[/h]
An hour on a boat brought us to the beautiful Taskul, New Haven.
Upon arrival we were informed that there are crocs to both the north and south ends of the piece of coast we arrived at, but “none here in this middle bit”. Safe to say we weren’t clamouring over one another for a swim.
We were then welcomed by the students of the Taskul school with lei’s and a traditional welcoming song and dance before splitting in two teams – one crew running a Rugby League clinic with the students, while the other headed off to the local hospital to help out with some much-needed maintenance.
Arriving at the hospital was certainly a defining moment of the trip. The basic necessities of healthcare and safe spaces in which to be treated that we here in Australia take for granted everyday are so starkly unapparent there.
It was immediately uplifting to see how appreciative the hospital staff were for our small contribution of materials in the form of new fly screen, rainwater tanks and guttering and half a day’s labour.
After work and lunch and a bit of kick around with the local kids it was time to head back to our “homes” for some down time. 


Meanwhile, NRL player Corey Payne has been named the state's Young Australian of the Year 2013.

Payne, who completed an undergraduate commerce degree after he made his debut for the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2010, has been recognised for his athletic achievements coupled with his work as a role model away from the game.

The back rower, 28, is involved with encouraging western Sydney students to continue with tertiary education and is on the board of the scholarship committee of Youth Off the Streets. 


Corey Payne named NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013
[INDENT]Bulldogs back rower Corey Payne has been named NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013 for his inspirational work off the field as a role model for the youth of Western Sydney.

The very prestigious Australian of the Year Awards celebrates the achievements and contribution of eminent Australians by profiling leading citizens who are role models for all of us. As the NSW award recipient, Corey will join recipients from the other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards announced on 25 January 2013 in Canberra as part of the National Australia Day Council program.

Presented by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Young Australian of the Year Award was first awarded in 1979 and recognises those aged 16 to 30 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians.
Corey a local Chester Hills junior fulfilled a childhood dream when he debuted for the Bulldogs in 2010, after previously playing with the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers.

As an accomplished first grader, Corey realised he needed something more to fall back on. Having since completed an undergraduate commerce degree, Corey now juggles his postgraduate studies with his training and playing requirements as a first grade NRL footballer.

Passionate about encouraging Western Sydney High School students to continue with tertiary education, Corey is on the board of the scholarship committee of Youth Off the Streets. He also established and runs the Future Directions Network to provide financial support, mentoring and careers advice for young people to go on to university.

He says he is determined that the kids on the borderline, the children of parents who didn’t go to uni and first generation Australians get every chance to continue their studies .
In 2012 Corey was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to research culturally diverse programs that build ambition and aspiration in young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to inspire them to continue their academic studies. Corey will carry out his research in South Africa, Spain, Brazil and the UK.

Program Director for the National Australia Day Council, Tam Johnston, said the NSW award recipients are achieving extraordinary things both at home and on the international stage.
“This year's award recipients are an inspiration to everyone, showing what remarkable feats New South Welshmen can achieve," said Ms Johnston.
The Commonwealth Bank has been the Major Sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years. Chief Executive Officer Ian Narev congratulated the NSW award recipients.

“The Commonwealth Bank is proud to acknowledge the NSW award recipients. You are now national finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards and should be very proud of your achievement.

“While you have each been inspiring in your own way, you all share one common quality – you continue to selflessly improve the lives of others. Congratulations to you all and enjoy your time in Canberra in January” said Mr Narev. [/INDENT] 


[h=1]Bulldogs Young Guns Show Community Spirit[/h]

Tuesday 11 December 2012 3:25 PM
Up and coming Bulldogs players Moses Mbye, Patrick Templeman, Denzil King and Jaelen Feeney typified community spirit on Saturday morning when they attended Bankstown’s (BCRG) Black Santa Christmas Party for local Indigenous Children in the Bulldogs region.

The annual Black Santa event was attended by over 100 families and local elders. It was an adventure filled day with plenty of games, a jumping castle and dancing.

Jaelen’s favourite part of the day was giving gifts to all of the kids. “We gave every child a Bulldogs goodie bag”, said Jaelen. “It was awesome to see the smile on their faces when they received them and the place quickly morphed in to blue and white.”

Moses and Jaelen paid a visit to the face painting station and soon found themselves with creative control of the paintbrushes.
Jaelen explained, “Moses tried to paint a Bulldogs on one of the kids arms but i’m not sure it was too successful so we decided to stick to Spiderman and pirate faces. We are no experts but it was definitely a bit of fun.”

It is not the first weekend Jaelen and Denzil have dedicated to the Community with the boys recently taking part in a two day camp at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern as part of the “How big are your Dreams” program.

During the two day camp for under privileged Indigenous children, Denzil and Jaelen joined twenty students in various workshops and shared their own personal stories with the group.
The workshops over the two days included boxing, footy, painting and dancing, with a strong focus on reconnecting and teaching the kids about their aboriginality and culture.

The camp was an extension of the “Get Black on Ya Feet” program which Jaelen and Denzil have been assisting with throughout the year in local schools and at the Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre.

“The Get Black on ya feet is all about getting more kids involved in their culture and their tribe, said Jaelen. “The program uses dance and painting to engage the kids and increase their cultural awareness.”

The players have done an outstanding job in the community this year, balancing their community visits with their playing schedules. Their enthusiasm and genuine intentions have been well noted by many in the community.

Congratulations on a great year Denzil, Jaelen, Patrick and Moses! 


"Canterbury Bulldogs great Jason Hetherington has just been announced as the new coach of the CQ Capras (in the ISC). Replaces John Harbin" 


[h=1]Christmas with the Salvos[/h]

Wednesday 19 December 2012 6:01 PM

The Perrett brothers and Leilani Latu were surprise guests at Campsie Shopping Centre on the afternoon of Monday, December 17 when they joined forces with personnel from the Salvation Army Campsie to wrap Christmas presents for excited shoppers in exchange for a donation.

In an annual event in the lead up to Christmas; Sam, Lloyd and Leilani excelled in the wrapping department, with Sam showing natural skills which he has mastered over the years as a father of three.

Although a trickle of people at first, word quickly spread and the crowd and wrapping demand grew well in to the afternoon. The players posed for photos, signed autographs and made a lot of shoppers very happy.

A big thank you to our Community Partner – the Salvation Army for allowing the Bulldogs to be a part of their Christmas activities and for the hard work and time they dedicate to assist our community throughout the year. 


Ex-Bulldogs captain George Peponis receives OAM

"FROM humble beginnings," Dr George Peponis has achieved more than he ever could have envisioned, he said.

The former Kangaroos, NSW Blues and Canterbury Bulldogs captain has managed to mix his sporting pedigree with a highly respected career in medicine and a spectacular acumen for business.
Now, the 59-year-old Hunters Hill resident will be acknowledged with one more accolade, a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to rugby league football and to the community..

"It is one of the highest honours that you can achieve, I am very honoured to have received it,'' he said.

"I was fortunate enough to captain the country in rugby league, that was a huge honour and this is right up there with it.''

Dr Peponis came to Australia from Greece with his parents when he was eight months old.

He credits hard work, passion and family for his successes.

"I think there are ideals that your parents sort of set for you and you see them work hard and you follow in their footsteps. Everything I have done to date I have enjoyed and loved doing,'' he said.

His other great life passion, medicine, has been executed with the same integrity and commitment as his football career.

"I have been at Five Dock since 1979 and I have grown with my patients, I now treat three generations of the one family and lots of different families.''
He recently stood down as director of the medical practice at Five Dock to "spend a little bit less time in the administration and a bit more time seeing patients''.

Dr Peponis celebrated the OAM doing something he doesn't get enough time to do with such a hectic schedule he spent time with those closest to him over a barbecue. 


[h=1]Bulldogs' Corey Parne edged out for Young Australian of the Year[/h]
CANTERBURY Bulldogs back-rower Corey Payne last night went within an ace of scoring a rare accolade for rugby league at the 2012 Australian of the Year ceremony in Canberra.
Payne was nominated as NSW's entrant in the Young Australian of the Year category for his community work with disadvantaged youth in Sydney's west.

He attended the gala dinner at Parliament House with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, but was pipped for the award by an Afghani refugee.

Akram Azimi, from Western Australia, won for his efforts to raise cultural awareness among remote indigenous communities. But Payne received plenty of credit at the dinner for his incredible efforts.

The 28-year-old began a commerce degree while playing for his first NRL club, St George Illawarra.

Payne is now undertaking post-graduate studies while helping under-privileged children as a director of the scholarship committee of Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets charity.

On top of his full-time football commitments, the Bulldogs junior has also set up his own network - Future Directions - to give disadvantaged teens the chance to pursue tertiary study. 


[h=1]Kids have ball with Canterbury Bulldogs at Yeppoon clinic[/h]

RUGBY LEAGUE: THE Canterbury Bulldogs visit to Central Queensland wound up last night with players Corey Payne (pictured) James Graham, Josh Jackson, and Moses Mbye holding a rugby league clinic at Yeppoon's Webb Oval.
More than 100 children from schools and rugby league clubs in the Capricorn Coast area attended the clinic, where the players drilled their new charges with ball, tackle and general footy skills.
Many of the children at the event were Bulldogs fans and wore their Dogs supporters gear proudly in front of some of their football idols.
The visit to CQ, which also involved school visits and another football clinic at Browne Park earlier this week, was part of a NRL initiative where players from 11 of the 16 NRL clubs were sent to New South Wales, Queensland and Tonga to deliver rugby league's new Tackle Bullying message as part of the 12th annual month-long Community Carnival. 


Bulldogs player Jack Kamire wins Canterbury-Bankstown Express' top prize at NewsLocal Junior Sports Star Awards

UP-and-coming Bulldogs star Jake Kamire was named The Express' Junior Sports Star winner at a glittering awards ceremony at Waterview in Bicentennial Park last night.

The Condell Park 16-year-old received our top prize on the back of his tough efforts for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs SG Ball team and his representative jerseys for the junior NSW Blues.

"I'm pretty stoked," he said of the award.

"I wasn't even expecting it."

Jake is looking forward to another year of SG Ball after starting the year training with the Bulldogs under-20s National Youth Competition Team.

"They put me back down to my own age, which is good," Jake said.

It is no surprise the front-rower was bumped up to play with the older boys at first.

Jake currently tops 195cm and tips the scales at 125kgs.

He said he was looking forward to another year of football.

"I'm hoping to play well for the Bulldogs and get selected for the NSW juniors and maybe the Australian Schoolboys," he said.

The Bulldogs hold Jake's contract until the end of the year.

"I'd love to keep playing for them but I'm not sure what will happen," he said.

Revesby resident Chloe Erskine, 16, was named The Express' Young Achiever of the Year.

She plays basketball for the Parramatta Wildcats in their Waratah Championship League team, which forms the second tier of basketball competitions in NSW. 

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