Representatives from the Ipswich and East Maitland Parents and Old Boys donate $7000 on Saturday to help flood-affected junior rugby league clubs.
Representatives from the Ipswich and East Maitland Parents and Old Boys donate $7000 on Saturday to help flood-affected junior rugby league clubs. Sarah Harvey

Junior league given big donation

REGIONAL junior rugby league has received a $7000 donation boost thanks to a long-term partnership between Ipswich and East Maitland.

The bond between the Ipswich and East Maitland Parents and Old Boys was formed in 1964.

The partnership offers support so that under 11 and under 12 teams from the Ipswich Primary School Rugby League and the Ipswich Junior Rugby League (since 2003) can stage reciprocal tours with East Maitland Schoolboy rugby league teams.

Ipswich Parents and Old Boys secretary Brad McCoombes said all members were focused on seeing as many young people benefit from the Parents and Old Boys fundraising ventures in support of their local communities.

This latest initiative was to raise funds for flood-affected Ipswich district junior rugby league clubs, through a Combined Flood Appeal Relief.

Support from the East Maitland Schoolboy Rugby League, local businesses and the Ipswich Parents and Old Boys Inc raised $7000, which was donated on Saturday.

McCoombes said $1000 would go to each affected club.

“We hope that in some small way these funds will help lessen the burden to re-establish these clubs back into the junior rugby league community,” McCoombes said.

“This donation has also strengthened the already strong ties between East Maitland and Ipswich districts and demonstrates the goodwill and benefits within the sporting community from partaking in such tours.”

The 2011 East Maitland Southern Tour for under-11s and under-12s will be April 17-26. The return East Maitland tour will be from July 9-15.



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