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Charity Rugby League event to raise money for Mark Hughes Foundation

A charity Rugby League day will be held at the Central Coast next weekend to raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation in the annual Legends of League tournament.

The spectacular event will see a number of former NRL stars taking part in the occasion including the likes of Hughes’ ex-teammates Kurt Gidley, Danny Buderus and Darren Albert.

It won’t be limited to just the novacastrians with Wendell Sailor, Nathan Blacklock and Gorden Tallis just some of the other names who will take part in the game.

Gidley says he’s in awe of the work Hughes is doing.

“He’s an inspiration,” Gidley said.

“He’s a great mate of mine, he still has to get a six-month check-up so he’s not completely out of the woods and he still has to live a healthy lifestyle.

“Ever since he was diagnosed, he’s done an amazing effort with the Foundation he’s started and founded and raised some great funds and really putting brain cancer on the map.

“It’s one of the most under-funded cancers out there and Hughesy’s doing a great job raising awareness for it and funds.”

The former Kangaroos, Blues and Knights star played alongside Hughes for a number of years at Newcastle.

Hughes was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 at the age of 36 with his foundation formed a year later.

It’s been a major success for the 1997 and 2001 premiership winner on the back of the ‘Beanie for brain cancer’ initiative which the NRL community rallied around.

Hughes has been nominated for the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year award.

Tickets to the event can be bought online at and donations can be made to the Mark Hughes Foundation at


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