Whilst a considerable amount of energy and effort has been poured into the planning of this event under the challenging conditions, we have always remained optimistic about the hosting the event this year, with hope that we could provide the community an escape from the current happening during this health pandemic.
Unfortunately today we can confirm that based on our risk assessment and consideration provided for the current Government restrictions, it is with much regret that we announce the postponement of the 2020 A-Plus Contracting Charity Rugby League Day until March 2021.
Following consultation with all of our teams, we have settled on a revised date of Saturday 20 March 2021. It is anticipating that the event will have to take a different shape with a much “slimmed down” version of the event in March compared to what we have all come to know and enjoy each year.
The biggest change we anticipate is that spectators will not be able to attend the event due to the 500 person capacity of the venue based on current restrictions. However we are confident that we will continue to have a high level of engagement with the community and are currently working through the logistics at present to ensure that we can have all games streamed live directly from Pirtek Park, Singleton throughout the day.
Even with this change in format we are estimating that we should be in a position to raise approximately $80,000-$90,000 which will have considerable positive boost for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter given the vast majority of face to face fundraising this year has been cancelled or suspended due to Covid-19.
We again express our gratitude and sincere thanks to all of our team sponsors and in particular our event partners, A-Plus Contracting, Jennings Print, Pirtek-Singleton & Muswellbrook, Tyre Doctor, Mine Super, Slater & Gordon, Mader New South Wales, NSW Mining, Hunter Valley Operations, Yancoal, All-Pro, Aletek, At The Coalface, Bowers Heavy Haulage, Coal Services Mines Rescue, Oiltest, Walton Mining Service and the Singleton Untied Rugby League Club
Since the launch of the 2020 A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day back in late March there has definitely been some positive changes to everyday life with the easing of restrictions and reduced active cases of Coronavirus during this health crisis that we all face.
From the onset of planning this year’s Charity Rugby League event it was been done so under a cloud given the Coronavirus pandemic.
In light of the Government's recent easing of restrictions we are starting to see new arrangements being put in place to accommodate community activities/events including local sporting competitions.
Whilst it has not been confirmed, the local Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League Grand Final has been tentatively scheduled for October 17 should their competition commence mid-July, which would see a clash in dates. Similarly, we are advised that the Newcastle Hunter Rugby League competition would be in the midst of it finals series at the same time should they recommence in July as well.
It has therefore been decided that it’s in the best interest of all involved and to ensure maximum fundraising potential that we will be moving the event from our traditional October date to a new date of SATURDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2020.
In pushing the event back by a few weeks, it's hoped that we will be able to ensure that there is no clash of date with local Rugby League competitions but also hopefully allow us to host the event under even further reduced Coronavirus restrictions.
We currently have 12 teams registered (Cobras, Grizzlies, Maulers, Phoenix, Barbarians, Razorbacks, Knights, Raiders, Rattlesnakes, Rhinos, Sharks, Warriors) and it is anticipated to increase in the coming weeks.
Once again, we thank all of the players and sponsors for supporting this event, and look forward to seeing everyone come together for another great celebration of community in support the vital live saving work of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
Well it’s definitely been an interesting month for us all with the Covid-19 crisis impacting all of our organisation and us personally as we get use to social distancing, self-isolating and new restrictions on everyday life.
As a Service, here at the Rescue Helicopter we have had to take the steps to postpone a substantial number of fundraising events and activities for the immediate future, specifically;
Whilst it is disappointing for all involved, the safety and well-being of our supporters and staff is paramount and out of precaution and in consultation with our Board, Senior Management Team and NSW Health, we have decided this is the best course of action.
Although for the duration of this health crisis, despite the unique challenges we all may face in the communities where we live, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service will continue to be focused on providing the best in aeromedical support for those most in need 24-7.
With this positivity in mind, we can confirm after consultation of many, that we are progressing with our 7th installment of our annual A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day to be held once again at Pirtek Park, Singleton on Saturday 17th October. We do stress though, we will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and will make announcements accordingly, should it be required.
All previous team managers have been advised today via email that team and player registrations are now open.
For further information or details please contact Danny Eather, Event Coordinator on 0439072077 or email@example.com
Long-time participants crowned first time champions, a record breaking number of team entries and an astonishing $120,000 raised for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
It was the sweetest of victory for the 2019 Men’s Champions the Wambo Wolves after finally securing their first win after many finals appearances during the past several years. In our ladies competition, the Valley Vixen battled it and finally claimed a win over rival Hunter Hawkettes at this year’s A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day, last Saturday in Singleton.
Following some ‘serious training’ sessions and a determination to play with the pride for their Wambo mine site, the Wolves battled it out with the reigning champions the Bengalla Badgers, until the final minutes, in a convincing 13 - 8 grand final win. Whilst the Valley Vixens were victorious over the Hunter Hawkettes in a hard fought 2–1 series victory in the third annual ‘Women in Mining’ series.
Undeniably the biggest winner on the day was the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, with a record breaking $120,000 raised, bring total funds raised during the past six years of this event to a total of $412,000.
Organised by the Singleton Volunteer Support Group for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, this year’s event saw over 450 mining employees come together to make up the 23 teams competing in the rugby league 10’s competition.
Event Coordinator and Community Liaison Officer for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Danny Eather said he is just astounded by the continued support of the both the business community and the wider community in supporting this event.
“We knew that this year was going to be big on the field with 23 teams participating, however we just never anticipated it to be so big off the field with $120,000 to be raised from this single day event”
“Sometimes you question whether or not the support for an event will dwindle away, however this is not the case with the Charity Rugby League Day, each year it just seems to get bigger and better. Our team of committed volunteers have worked hard to establish this event to be a highly anticipated event on the local sporting calendar” Mr Eather said.
More than 80 local businesses supported the teams to help their fundraising targets with major sponsorship secured from A-Plus Contracting along with Jennings Print, Pirtek, TyreDoctor, Mine Super, Pirtek, Slater & Gordon, Aletek, NSW Mining, Mader NSW Yancoal Mt Thorley Warkworth, Bowers Heavy Haulage, Hunter Valley Operations, Hunter Isuzu Ute, OilTest, Coal Services, Imperial Hotel, ISC, @The Coalface and the Imperial Hotel.
Coal Services Mines Rescue, Group 21 Rugby League Referees Association, Singleton Rugby League Club and the Singleton Rotary and Lions clubs all provided in-kind support and assistance on the day.
The Upper Hunter community, and the mining sector, are well aware of vital work that the Rescue Helicopter undertakes within our region continue to be extremely supportive of fundraising events such as the Charity Rugby League Day to ensure that the rescue helicopter is available 24-7.