Luck pledges help for relief fund
GATTON'S hard nut NRL veteran Michael Luck says he and his club, the New Zealand Warriors, will do all they can to help the victims of the January 12 river flood, which devastated his home town west of Ipswich.
The Warriors have announced a number of initiatives to help those who lost everything, including a $10,000 donation to the Premier's Relief Fund.
Luck suffered one of the most gruesome injuries seen in the NRL last year when his leg was slashed by the studs on Manly Sea Eagles star Anthony Watmough's boot.
Warriors players recoiled in horror and captain Simon Mannering feared he would vomit when he saw the 18cm gash above Luck's knee.
But for Luck, it was just another injury in a scar-riddled career and while that did not frighten him, watching his home town sink did.
“It has been frightening being here in New Zealand and seeing what has been happening at home, just terrible,” he said.
“Thankfully my family was unharmed but that hasn't made it any easier coming to terms with it all, the lives sadly lost and the incredible damage caused.
“So many people have suffered and it will be a long time before their lives return to normal.”
“All of us at the Vodafone Warriors just want to do something to help, especially those of us from Queensland and from places that were so badly hit by the flooding.”
NZ Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said his club would help in a variety of ways hoping to ease some of the suffering in the Queensland communities devastated by the tragedy this month.
“We have a very strong connection with Queensland through the number of players who are in our NRL squad now and many others who have been with the club in the past,” he said.
The Warriors will play a charity match against fellow NRL side Newcastle in Greymouth on February 5.
The event is designed to not only raise funds for south-east Queensland but to also lift spirits on the South Island's West Coast after 29 men lost their lives in the Pike River mining tragedy late last year.