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Men of League ‘bush bus’ sending support to farmers

A convoy of ‘bush buses’ carrying current and former rugby league stars will head out to drought-affected parts of the country to lend a hand to those doing it tough.

The Men of League Foundation has organised its ‘Tackling the Drought’ tour, where five bus-loads of players will depart Sydney on October 5.

Players will spend two days touring the Riverina, Upper Hunter, New England, Far Western and Mid-West regions of New South Wales like to lend emotional, financial and physical support to farmers and regional communities through Australia’s worst drought in a century.

“We know there are lots of people doing it tough. Not just the farmers, but it flows through the whole rural economy,” Men of League CEO Stephen Lowndes told Macquarie Sports Radio‘s Cam Reddin.

Skills camps and other initiatives have also been arranged as a way of helping bush leagues tackle declining numbers, as farmers are forced to dedicate less time to the game and more time to their livelihood.

NRL legends like Joe Thomas, Darryl Brohman, Ben Elias, David Gillespie, Greg Florimo, Dean Widders, Steve Edge and more have already signed up, but Men of League is hopeful even more current and former players will spare a few days to help those who need it most.

“We’ve got five buses. We’d love to have 15 or so a bus,” Lowndes said.

“We’re staying locally and trying to bring a little bit of cheer and good news into those local communities.”

If you are a current or former player. or you know someone that is, you can register your interest at the Men of League Foundation website.

Alternatively, email or contact Men of League’s National Wellbeing Manager Jessica Macartney on 0436 442 416.

Click below to hear the full interview and listen to the Weekend Warm-Up with Cam Reddin 4.00am-7.00am Saturday and Sunday mornings