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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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Greening Australia & Bulldogs Launch Million Trees Sydney

13/05/2011 1:50:48 PM

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will tonight officially launch an exciting new environmental initiative with Bulldogs in the Community Partner Greening Australia.
Part of a week-long awareness raising effort for Greening Australia, centred around tonight’s NRL blockbuster against St. George-Illawarra, the Bulldogs will kick off the ‘Million Trees Sydney’ campaign at half time in the clash at ANZ Stadium.
Each year the Bulldogs dedicate a home game to Greening Australia around World Environment Day, and tonight Canterbury League Club Chairman Dr George Peponis and Bulldogs Football Club Chairman Ray Dib will make a significant donation to the organisation to help kick off the Million Trees Sydney initiative.
Million Trees Sydney enables schools, businesses, community groups, research groups, individuals and governments to work together to plant and look after one million trees in areas they are most needed. Trees planted as part of the campaign will provide shelter, reduce urban temperatures, and improve community health in the places we live.
“Greening Australia’s partnership with the Bulldogs is all about healthy people in healthy environments throughout Sydney,” CEO of Greening Australia NSW Philippa Walsh said.
“It is so important to look after the remaining patches of bush in Sydney and the land along our rivers, while also looking to plant new trees wherever we can.
“Bushland and our waterways are the lungs and veins of Sydney and the healthier they are, the healthier the communities around them will be.”
Since 1982 Greening Australia has been one of Australia’s leading environmental not-for-profit organisations, working to conserve, rehabilitate and improve the biodiversity of our natural environment.
“It’s great that we are able to work with a key community partner on such a worthwhile initiative,” Bulldogs Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said.
“I’d encourage all our Members and supporters to get behind Million Trees Sydney and to help out a really great cause. You can be a sponsor like us, volunteer at a community event or register your work place in the campaign.”
To find out more about Million Trees Sydney, go to 


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[U]Favourite Son Nominee - Andrew Ryan[/U]

30/05/2011 3:40:43 PM

Andrew Ryan has been nominated for the Harvey Norman Women in League Favourite Son Award.
The Women in League Favourite Son Award recognises the contribution of an NRL player at Premiership level who embodies the values and qualities of a true rugby league ambassador, both on and off the field.
Chosen by the women who love the game, the Favourite Son Award acknowledges a player who acts as a role model for mothers and families; someone who continues to impress us on the field, however their off-field characteristics embody what it is we love about rugby league.
The recipient is a player whose integrity and reputation make the game more appealing to women; someone who encourages mothers to involve their families in rugby league.
The award will be presented at the Sydney WIL lunch on Tuesday, June 21, in the lead-up to the Harvey Norman Women In League round (round 16, June 24-27).
The finalists for the 2011 award are:
Preston Campbell
Nathan Merritt
Andrew Ryan
Darren Lockyer
Alan Tongue
Kurt Gidley
Petero Civoniceva
Cameron Smith
Female fans, volunteers and administrators can vote for their winner HERE

Ladies please vote, guys please pass this on to any female family and friends to vote for Bobcat. 


[INDENT]Bulldogs duo drop by at Camden Public School

STUDENTS at Camden Public School had the chance to get some expert advice on a healthy lifestyle from Canterbury Bulldogs players last week.

Bulldogs NRL players Mickey Paea and Michael Lett attended the school for the Talk to a Bulldog session which was televised via video link to 12 other schools across southwest Sydney.

Camden Public School principal Scott Davidson said the players spoke about diet and fitness.

He said the players’ visit was well-timed with students at the school due to take part in the Premier’s Fitness Challenge in the next 10 weeks.

“The players spoke about how there are ‘sometimes’ foods and foods you need to have everyday,” he said.

“They also spoke about how their own fitness regime changed as they got older.

“They said when they started playing with the professional team squad, they had to go to another level.”

Mr Davidson said this was the second year the school had hosted Talk to a Bulldog session and he said the players’ status as role models for the students meant their message cut through.

“They are first grade footballers. All they have to do is talk and the kids will listen,” he said.

Under the premier’s challenge, students will hve to keep a log of their physical activity over 10 weeks [/INDENT] 


Bulldogs in the Community Weekly Wrap

2/12/2011 5:20:28 PM

Our Charity Partners have been the key focus of Bulldogs in the Community this week with players assisting events and activities in support of Beyond Blue, Camp Quality and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as well as assisting local community groups.
Dale, Browne, Hokko and Millo enjoyed delivering presents to all the kids at the Children's Hospital at Westmead Party Day on Friday, December 2.

On Tuesday, Bulldogs Legend Terry Lamb joined newly appointed captain Michael Ennis and senior player Dene Halatau at the Creating Brighter Career Connections (CBCC) Awards Breakfast held at Bankstown Sports Club.
CBCC is a not for profit organisation which supports the engagement of young people in education to year 12 or equivalent and support their transition to further education, training or employment by connecting with and engaging stakeholders in partnerships, predominantly in the Bankstown area.
The very popular Movember campaign came to an end on Wednesday with more than 36 players, staff and Bulldogs members growing mo’s and raising an impressive $5814 in aid of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men, with the Bulldogs in the Community partner beyondblue a beneficiary of the initiative alongside the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
On Thursday evening, Corey Payne, Trent Hodkinson and Aiden Tolman ventured to the picturesque Customs House at Circular Quay in support of Camp Quality and the ‘100 Things’ book launch of dedicated CQ fundraiser Seb.
Seb is on a mission to complete ‘100 things’ on his bucket list, one being to raise $100 000 for Camp Quality. The book is a documentation of his two years completing the first 50 things on his list, which included quirky activities including skydiving naked and marrying a stranger. Corey, Trent and Aiden were inspired and bewildered by Seb’s quest and enjoyed the night which also doubled as Seb’s #4 raise $100,000 for Camp Quality and #50 throw a party.
For more information on Seb’s quest and to reach the $100,000 Camp Quality donation go to
The Smurf ward was a big hit at the Children's Hospital at Westmead Party Day.

The week culminated in Friday’s annual “party day” at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead with Dale Finucane, Trent Hodkinson, Tim Browne and departing Bulldog Grant Millington joining Home and Away stars, Santa Claus, Clown doctors, Captain Starlight and cult hero Batman to bring smiles to the children’s faces.
The biggest event on the Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s calendar, party day saw every ward transformed in to themes including Smurfs, pirates, underwater world, Alice in Wonderland and Santa’s workshop in what was a very dedicated and inspiring effort by the staff and volunteers at the hospital who also dressed up.
The players and celebrities split in two groups visiting all wards, ensuring every child received a gift and met a celebrity.
Hokko & Browne with Santa at the Children's Hospital at Westmead Party Day.

To end a very busy week Steve Turner , Josh Reynolds and Michael Ennis will be escorting their lovely partners to the Save our Sons charity gala dinner on Saturday night at Luna Park, Sydney. Save our Sons is a charitable organisation committed to raising $1,000,000 for research in to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. 


Legend Mortimer supports Christmas Job Drive

1/12/2011 4:37:39 PM

Bulldogs legend Steve Mortimer has thrown his support behind an innovative campaign to inspire Australian employers to provide the best Christmas gift of all … relevant job opportunities for unemployed Australians.
Mortimer is an Ambassador for Australian Jobs Services provider MAX Employment which has launched the Great Australian Christmas Jobs Drive, a three-month jobs campaign encouraging employers to provide sustainable opportunities for job seekers leading into Christmas and long into 2012.

Mortimer said he is very passionate about helping young people who are unemployed to find work and tries to inspire them with his stories of his experiences in life and on the football field.
“It is very important because once you’re employed you’re part of the Australian economy,” he said.
“You’re paying taxes, you’re earning an income. It gives you your dignity and your path in life where you’re contributing to Australia.”
Managing Director of MAXNetWork Michael Hobday said: “This campaign is not just about employers providing vacancies.
“Christmas is a time when not having a job can impact hard on Australians and their families, so it’s also designed to inspire job seekers, employers and the community to work together to create sustainable employment outcomes going into 2012.
“For many Australians there would be no better gift than a gift of a job this Christmas”.
MAX Employment provides a free recruitment service and specialises in placing people into jobs in industries such as retail, warehousing, hospitality and other entry level positions.
Hobday emphasised that not having a job can have devastating social and economic impacts on members of our society.
“Our motto at MAX Employment is finding jobs, changing lives. We see many inspiring stories of people who have done it tough, but once they get sustainable employment their whole world changes for the better. All it takes is for someone to give them a go sometimes.” he said.
Also as part of this campaign MAX Employment will contribute to the Smith Family Christmas appeal for every job seeker placed into sustainable employment.
Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family, Dr Lisa O’Brien, says of the initiative, “We thank MAX Employment for their support of The Smith Family’s Christmas Appeal. The Smith Family is keen to see that children from struggling families do not miss out at Christmas time and a successful outcome for this campaign will see more families able to share in the joy of Christmas.”
To participate in this campaign please call MAX Employment on 1800 625 350 or pledge a vacancy via 


Donate to Camp Quality this Christmas

7/12/2011 12:00:00 PM

Help give more children with cancer a Camp Quality experience in 2012 by donating this Christmas.
“Isabella was in hospital, sick from treatment and terrified about what was happening to her. My husband had to keep working to pay the bills. I couldn’t even say the word ‘cancer’ without breaking down.” Laura, mother to Isabella, aged 4
Cancer doesn’t just endanger the physical health of a child, it can also leave them depressed, withdrawn and traumatised. To endure cancer, children like Isabella need all the determination and resilience they can get. Your gift this Christmas can help Camp Quality give them this.
Right now, there are 15,000 children in Australia who are living with cancer. Their treatments can be painful and invasive. A gift of $25 or even $50 helps relieve suffering and gives children with cancer the fun and laughter they deserve. It’s a gift of optimism and resilience that lasts a lifetime.
Please donate now by visiting or calling 02 9876 0500. 


Bulldogs in the Community Weekly Wrap

9/12/2011 2:38:45 PM

School visits and Toy Drives were the order of the week with Bulldogs Captain Michael Ennis taking the reins on the inaugural Bulldogs in the Community toy drive for the Salvation Army and Bulldogs Ambassador Brett Kimmorley and new recruit James Gavet visiting local schools.
James Gavet attended the annual awards day at Blaxcell Street Public School, assisting with the presentation of awards.

Newly appointed Captain Michael Ennis is the brain child for Bulldogs in the Community’s inaugural Christmas Toy Drive for the Salvation Army, who is one of the Bulldogs key charity partners. The player driven toy drive is a chance for the club to join together and brighten the Christmases of people who may currently be going through hard times.
With enough children amongst players and staff to start a crèche, a toy drive was an inevitable event which for the month of December will see all staff and players clean out their garages, dust off the cobwebs and donate their previously loved toys to the Salvation Army.
On Thursday, with the full squad on a training camp on the South Coast, Bulldogs Ambassador Brett Kimmorley travelled to Bass Hill to attend Bass High’s annual awards day. Brett spent the morning presenting students with their awards, signing autographs and posing for photos.
On Friday, Bulldogs new recruit from across the Tasman; James Gavet attended Blaxcell Street Public School’s annual presentation day.
Having recently undergone surgery, James accompanied by his crutches took a well deserved break from his rehabilitation to visit students and take part in their awards ceremony.
James Gavet at Blaxcell Street PS with award winners

James was impressed by the school’s cultural performance before hopping on stage and presenting the student’s with their well earned awards. Following the presentation, James joined students in the school yard to have a chat, sign some autographs and have photos.
With Christmas fast approaching Bulldogs in the Community is looking forward to an action, Christmas packed week ahead; filled with school visits, hospital visits, Christmas parties and special Christmas deliveries – stay tuned for all the details. 


Bulldogs Deliver Christmas Spirit to the Salvos

14/12/2011 4:09:31 PM

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs player’s Ben Barba and Corey Payne joined club legend Terry Lamb and the Chrisco Group to deliver an early Christmas gift to the Salvation Army Campsie.
The players assisted in unloading more than 40 hampers to the Welfare Centre at Campsie, where the Salvation Army will now split the hampers and distribute to families in need this Christmas.
Ben, Corey & Baa joined with the Salvos and Chrisco to deliver forty christmas hampers on Tuesday, December 13.

“It is a great thing what Chrisco are doing and we are so glad we can join with them”, said Barba
“We have been working with the Salvation Army at Campsie for a couple of years now and the work they do for the community is really important”
“Playing rugby league we are very privileged and can enjoy a nice Christmas, but there are a lot of people out there that struggle this time of year and the hampers will make it that little bit more special for them,” finished Barba.
Ben and Corey assisted with unloading the christmas hampers.

The Chrisco Group are helping the Bulldogs spread Christmas cheer, by providing in excess of 70 hampers for the Bulldogs to donate to community partners; The Salvation Army at Campsie, Ronald McDonald House and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Bulldogs in the Community will also be assisting the Salvation Army with other activities in the lead up to Christmas, including gift wrapping at Campsie Shopping Centre on Tuesday, December 20 and gathering toys for the Salvation Army in the club’s inaugural player and staff toy drive.
There were smiles all around for the Bulldogs, Chrisco and the Salvation Army 


Full Steam Ahead in Lead up to Christmas

16/12/2011 4:21:22 PM

Bulldogs in the Community has been full steam ahead in the lead up to Christmas with a number of special guests, Christmas parties, school visits and Chrisco hamper deliveries.
Arts and craft time at Ronald McDonald House

On Tuesday the Bulldogs had a very special visit from Tom and his family who had travelled down from the Central Coast and are avid Bulldogs fans and members. Tom was the youngest person in Australia to have Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in treatment for Tourettes Syndrome. Tom took the opportunity to meet his favourite players and was presented a training shirt by the one and only Ben Barba.
Tom had the chance to meet Ben, Jake and Trent.

On Tuesday afternoon Ben and Corey Payne joined Baa and the Chrisco group in delivering 40 Christmas hampers to the wonderful team at the Salvation Army in Campsie. The Salvos were thrilled with the donation and will split the hampers, distributing them to families in need this Christmas.
To read more and see a video from the afternoon click here .

The annual NRL Players’ Charity Christmas party was held on Wednesday at the Go Bananas play centre in Sydney’s west. Trent Hodkinson, Tim Browne and James Gavet represented the Bulldogs and were among the 30 Sydney NRL players present on the day.
The boys did a great job ensuring the day was a very special one for the 80 kids including newly arrived African refugees, kids from Camp Quality, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) Western Sydney and Blacktown PCYC who attended.
To read more and see some of the activities from the day click here .
Bulldogs youngster Tim Lafai was also out and about on Wednesday, venturing to Belmore Boys High’s annual presentation day where he was honoured to present an award to a very hard working P&C member.
On Thursday morning, despite a teacher’s strike the PSSA winning rugby league team from Campsie Public School were special guests at Bulldogs training. The team of more than twenty students were chaperoned to Belmore Sports Ground on the Salvation Army’s new bus where they watched the end of training.
Campsie PS Rugby League team enjoyed a chat with Frankie and Letty

The boys were over the moon when towering second rower Frank Pritchard and speedster Michael Lett came to have a chat and a pic while they were warming down.
The kids were even more impressed when Dene Halatau and Steve Turner aka Zap took it one step further, sitting down with the boys, giving the students the opportunity to talk tactics and find out all they ever wanted to know about the NRL and the Bulldogs.
Team photo with Dene, Zap and Dale

Following training the students were put through some advanced skills and drills by ARL Development officers Vinh Tran and Ryan Borg at the Terry Lamb Reserve.
The students fine tuned their skill with the ARL Development crew.

On Friday morning another special guest and Bulldogs favourite Shannon attended training with her mum and aunty. Shannon was first introduced to the Bulldogs family a couple of years ago as part of our Camp Quality partnership and has since gone on to capture the hearts of the players and staff alike, in particular JMoz who is the undisputed favourite.
Trainer Harry Harris taught 11 year old Shannon all about the new GPS equipment, but Shannon was fast distracted when Ben Barba came to say hello, along with new 2nd favourite Tim Browne. Shannon came bearing gifts with Christmas cards for the chosen few, but it wasn’t long before JMoz arrived (on his morning off) to see his favourite girl and stole the show. 

The undisputed favourite JMoz with Shannon

Friday afternoon saw Baa once again partnering Chrisco in delivering a further 30 hampers to Ronald McDonald House Westmead and 10 hampers to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Captain Michael Ennis, new recruit James Gavet and NYC player and Bulldogs trainee Moses Mbye assisted with the delivery.
James & Moses really enjoyed spending time with the kids at Ronald McDonald House

With more than 23 families at once often staying at Ronald McDonald House it was kids galore and the players spent quality time joining in with the arts and crafts session taking place. With Christmas fast approaching the players were humbled and touched that their presence could make a difference and brighten the days of the kids and families staying at the house.
Baa, James and Moses joined Michael from Chrisco to deliver hampers to the Children's Hospital at Westmead

Thank you to the Chrisco Group for their very kind donation of more than 70 hampers this Christmas which will go a long way to ensuring Christmas time is a little more enjoyable for families in need. 


Bulldogs in the Community Weekly Wrap

13/01/2012 12:27:43 PM

With the first week of training almost complete and all hands on deck, Bulldogs in the Community has had a productive week with Ben Barba visiting the crew from AIME and the whole squad heading north to attend a ‘Family Fun Day’ at Bateau Bay.

Dynamic fullback and 2012 Indigenous All Stars team member Ben Barba visited the AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) team at Sydney University on Wednesday, January 11.
Ben’s visit was a huge treat for the AIME team, made up of 43 Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff from around Australia who are taking part in their annual training camp.
AIME was founded in May 2008, with the purpose of the program to create a one-on-one mentoring relationship between volunteer university students aka AIME mentors with Indigenous high school students.
Ben Barba spoke to staff at AIME as part of their 2012 induction camp at Sydney Uni on Wednesday, January 11.

Ben shared his story with the AIME team about growing up in Mackay, QLD in a rugby league loving family with his 5 siblings and spoke of his role models who have made a huge impact on his life and his chosen career.
Ben also fielded lots of footy related questions from the AIME team who boast a number of rugby league fans and couldn’t resist the opportunity to quiz one of the games rising superstars.
In 2012, the AIME Program is connecting 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students with 1000 volunteer university students.
AIME dramatically improves the chances of Indigenous kids’ finishing school, and has a lasting, often life-changing impact on all people connected with the Program.
The objective of AIME is to see all Indigenous kids finish school at the same rate as every Australian child. 2011 saw a 100 percent completion rate for Year 12 students involved with AIME, compared to a national rate of 71.8% for non-AIME Indigenous students. A further 38 percent will be heading to university in 2012.

On Friday, January 13, the full squad headed north on the Pacific Highway to Bateau Bay Sports Club for the annual Family Fun Day.
The players took part in lawn bowls, had lunch and happily signed autographs and posed for photos with Bulldogs members and supporters.
A full wrap of the team’s visit to Bateau Bay will be available shortly. 


Gavet Entertains the Kids at RLPA Clinic

20/01/2012 3:21:15 PM

New recruit James Gavet has been making marks in the community this week entertaining kids at the recent RLPA holiday clinic at the Olympic Park Precinct in Homebush on Wednesday, January 18.
Meanwhile teammates Dene Halatau and Frank Pritchard will be strengthening their leadership skills at the inaugural NRL Pacific Studies Cultural Leadership Camp over the weekend.
The Rugby League Players Association joined with ARL Development to host their first annual holiday clinic at Wentworth Common in the Olympic Park precinct with more than 70 kids taking part in the various rugby league skills and games.
James posed for photos with the young participants at the Annual RLPA holiday clinic on Wednesday, January 18.

James who has been a terrific community ambassador for the club since joining in November is currently rehabilitating an ankle injury, whilst making the most of his time off the field to meet with Bulldogs members and assist a number of community groups and activities such as this clinic.
Although limited with his ability to participate on the field, James had a chat with the kids telling them about his childhood in New Zealand and his conversion from Rugby Union, assisted with the free bbq, had pictures with the kids and gave out free hats which he autographed.
James spoke with the young RLPA clinic participants about his time in New Zealand, as well as the need for the kids to be active and eat a healthy breakfast.

James to the delight of some onlooking parents took time out to throw a football around with one of the younger siblings who at just 2 and a half wasn’t quite old enough to take part in the clinic with his brothers. Young Cooper was having a great time with James, showing off his ability to throw and catch the ball – at one stage Cooper was mimicking James’s ability to catch one handed. Click here to see photos from the day.
This weekend – January 20-22, Bulldogs senior players Frank Pritchard and Dene Halatau have been invited to take part in the inaugural NRL Pacific Studies Cultural Leadership Camp to be held at Sydney University.
Dene who is of Niuean heritage and Frank who is of Samoan heritage have been invited to join 48 NRL players and staff from across the NRL in the ground breaking weekend which is being held to further develop the specifically targeted senior and up-and-coming NRL players as leaders in their respective clubs and communities.
With almost 30 per cent of players in the NRL of Pacific heritage the camp is a chance to look at the challenges and opportunities that exist in the game for Pacific Islander players and to reconnect with their culture. Sessions will focus on Pacific Culture and Identity, Society and Leadership, Literature and Visual Arts, Food and Health, and Spirituality and will be delivered by the Australian National Universities (ANU) Pacific Studies program. 


Bulldogs On Australia Day Beat

26/01/2012 9:00:00 AM

The Canterbury-Bankstown Club will once again be well recognised at ceremonies around the state this week with CEO Todd Greenberg, Recruitment Manager Noel Cleal and Club great Steve Mortimer all serving as Australia Day Ambassadors in 2012 along with Dene Halatau who will be a special guest in Liverpool.
Greenberg will give the keynote address at Canterbury City Council’s Australia Day ceremony on Wednesday night, while Cleal and Mortimer will both fulfil their duties in the north west of the state – Cleal with Wilcannia for the Central Darling Shire Council and Mortimer with Bourke Shire Council.
“I’ve been an Australia Day ambassador for Canterbury City Council for two years now and I’m honoured to once again share the day with the people of our local community,” Greenberg said.
“It’s another way we can represent our community and our Club in a very enriching fashion. I’m always impressed by the passion of the people who are being naturalised as Australians at the ceremony and hearing their stories, whilst also having the opportunity to share what it means to me to be an Australian in this day and age.
“I’m also very pleased that Crusher and Turvey will be out there in an official capacity this Australia Day, and I know from talking to them they are looking forward to spending some time with people of the state’s greater west.”
The Bulldogs are the best represented Rugby League Club out of 170 Australia Day Ambassadors appointed across NSW in 2012.
Also involved are Canberra Raiders head coach David Furner (Queanbeyan City) and Balmain Tigers great Benny Elias (City of Canada Bay ), while the voice of Rugby League, Channel Nine commentator Ray Warren, will head to the south west of the state as Ambassador for Young Shire Council.
Bulldogs 2011 Ken Stephen Nominee Dene Halatau will also be participating in Australia Day attending as a special guest for Liverpool City Council’s Australia Day Festival at Woodward Park. Dene will be on the main stage at 8pm prior to the main fireworks spectacular at 9pm. 


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 

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