Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, it is with great disappointment that we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day that was to be held on Saturday 19 March 2022.
While it is deeply disappointing to have to postpone our flagship fundraising event in the Upper Hunter event for a third time, the Rescue Helicopter Service prides itself on delivering amazing event experiences, and the wellbeing of our supporters, volunteers, staff, and the wider community is paramount. Rescheduling the event for later in the is the most responsible action we can take given the current circumstances.
The new date will be Saturday 17 September 2022, which is an earlier time to our traditional October month due to availability of Pirtek Park, given the upcoming construction works of the new clubhouse and amenities.
The support we have received for this event over the past 7 years has been incredible, and the ongoing support is crucial in helping keep our helicopter crews across Newcastle, Tamworth and Lismore to be ready to respond 24-7.
All player registrations will be simply moved across to the new date, along with all sponsor benefits being delivered up at this time. Those individuals that had pre-purchased entry tickets will have their money refunded via the Sticky Tickets platform within the next 7 days, with ticket sale reopening a closer date to the new event date.
Once again thank you to everyone for your support and understanding, and hope you can all come and join us this September.
After being impacted by flooding raining in March earlier this year, the difficult decision once again has been made to postpone the A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day, due to be held Saturday October 16.
Understandably we know this decision will disappoint many, however the safety of volunteers, staff, and the wider community is paramount. As well as delivery high quality event that we have all come to expect and the current COVID restrictions and uncertainty just do not allow for it at this point in time.
Over the last seven years, this event has become the premier charity rugby league competition held in the New South Wales, raising over $400,000 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and keeping our crews across Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore ready to respond 24-7 for our community.
“We are committed to doing the right thing by our supporters, and hope you can all come and join us on the field on March 19, 2022. All team/player registration will be simply moved across to the new date along with all sponsor commitment, effectively everything stays the same just a change of date.” said Danny Eather, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Regional Partnerships Officer.
“Lastly, on behalf of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service I again expresses our sincere thanks to all players, sponsors, suppliers and volunteers for being so patient and understanding with the postponement, and please continue to stay healthy and safe.” Mr Eather added.
All tickets pre-purchased entry tickets will be valid for on the new date.
We have unfortunately made the hard decision to cancel this weekend’s event.
Recent rain and the current extreme weather across the region has forced organisers of Saturday’s A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day at Pirtek Park Singleton to make the difficult decision.
The day was in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and had been planned for 18 months following last year’s event being cancelled due to COVID.
The decision was made in consultation with Singleton United Rugby League Club based on the considerable amount of rain since last Sunday making Pirtek Park’s playing surface unfit for play.
Organisers worked on contingency planning earlier this week to utilise the second field however with the lack of warm weather to dry out the ground it was also deemed unsafe for play.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Community Liaison Officer Danny Eather said organisers were left with no option in the interests of player safety.
‘Understandably there is considerable disappointment amongst organisers, participating clubs and volunteers who have all remained optimistic in spending the past 3 days setting up for the weekend.’
‘However with the previous rain and forecast of worsening conditions, the decision has been made early to cancel this Saturday’s event out of respect for those participants that were travelling to Singleton and ultimately for the safety of all involved.’
‘I’d like to extend our thanks to all of our teams, volunteers, suppliers and importantly our sponsors who had committed to this weekend,’ Mr Eather concluded.
Individuals that have purchased tickets will be notified of their options in transferring their tickets to our 2021 event in October later this year.
All team managers will receive a notification of a video meeting in the coming 24hrs.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
This afternoon we sold our very last tickets for this year's A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day.
Thank you to everyone for getting in and purchasing your tickets. We know that some people will be disappointed about missing out but we will have some news about how you can still enjoy the action.