The Romana Group Tweed Heads Seagulls may have had a tough start to the season in the Intrust Super Cup competition but they know others in the game are doing it tougher.
And that’s why CEO Scott Clark was delighted to take a trip to wet Murwillumbah today to present a cheque for $1500 to the town’s senior and junior rugby league clubs who were devastated by the recent clubs.
Pictured (from left): Colts president Brian Gray, Mustangs president Andrew Thacker, Seagulls CEO Scott Clark, Colts director Josie Thacker and secretary Brian Charman.
So severe were the floods that the Murwillumbah Brothers Leagues Club, which is one-story above ground level, was inundated above floor level and the Colts’ dressing room and canteen underneath were completely submerged.
The club lost all canteen equipment including fridges, freezer, cookers and microwaves but also training equipment and even the club’s records as office equipment was destroyed. The loss is estimated at $30,000.
Families lost their children’s boots and playing gear at their homes, and some haven’t even been able to return to their houses.
The Mustangs seniors had water one metre deep inundate their facilities.
The Seagulls donated part of their gate takings and conducted a raffle at their recent home match against Souths Logan Magpies, raising the $1500 - $1000 of which will go to the Colts and $500 to the Mustangs.
“The widespread support has been tremendous; it’s just the rugby league community supporting each other,” said Colts president Daniel Gray.
“Whether we have been arch rivals on the field, like Seagulls and Murwillumbah are, it shows we look out for each other. We’re very appreciative.”
Seagulls CEO Clark says it was just a small gesture of league looking after their own and that many in the region feel for all the people in Murwillumbah who have been so affected by the recent floods, not just the football fraternity.
“We’ve had a tough start to the season on the field but what the Mustangs and particularly the Colts and families involved have gone through puts it all into perspective,” he said.
Other fund raising effort include a day at the Colts’ ground when activities planned for the Murwillumbah races, which were washed out, were transferred there on Anzac Day. $2000 was raised. A local family surprised the cub by donating $1500, others have donated second hand fridges and freezers.
The Colts are still in need of a cooker for hot chips, if anyone can assist.