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Newsletter – March 2015 Edition

Hearts in Union would like to thank you for your support and interest in our work. Each year, Hearts in Union provides valuable support and assistance to a range of people who have tragically suffered severe and permanent spinal injuries through a freak accident while playing rugby.

And whilst the rugby community has always been supportive of helping its own, there is still much work to be done to provide life improving and life affirming support to those who need it.

Australian Rugby Embraces Hearts In Union!

In addition to receiving terrific support and assistance from the Australian Rugby Union, we are delighted with the way our national rugby community has jumped on board to help our injured players.

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NSW Waratahs

The NSW Waratahs chose Hearts in Union to be one of their official Charity Partners in 2014 and again in 2015!

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Brumbies Rugby

Brumbies Rugby has also selected Hearts in Union to be an official Match Day Charity Partner in 2015! 

 melbourne-rebelsA massive thank you to both organisations for their invaluable support and promotion. All the best to both teams for a successful 2015 Super Rugby Season!

This follows on from the great support we received from the Melbourne Rebels as one of their Charity Partner’s from 2011 to 2013.

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 The Classic  Wallabies have been immense in their support of Hearts in Union for many years. Driven by their Co-President & Ambassador for Hearts in Union, Simon Poidevin they continue to go above and beyond in supporting our injured players! 

RUPA – The Rugby Union Player’s Association

sponsor-corporate-rupaRUPA has for several years been a fantastic supporter and promoter of the charity and the work we do. We were privileged to once again be the recipients of funds raised at their Annual Awards Lunch. Thank you to RUPA for all their support! 

 

2014 Volvo – RUPA Annual Awards Lunch

Hearts in Union Liaison Officers Mark Tonga & Greg Killeen with former Wallaby, Stirling Mortlock.

Mark Tonga with Wallaby Prop & Reds Skipper, James Slipper. Congratualtions to James for winning the 2014 Medal for Excellence!

Grand Slam Wallabies 30th Anniversary Reunion Lunch

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The 1984 Grand Slam Wallabies squad and Coach, Alan Jones gathered at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on Friday to celebrate 30 years since they defeated England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland on their all-conquering tour of the Home Nations – It’s something no Wallabies team had done before or since!

sponsor-front-row-eventsHearts in Union was delighted to be involved in this historic event. Along with the Ricky Stuart Foundation, Hearts in Union received a significant donation from the funds raised at the lunch. Thank you to the 1984 Wallabies, Alan Jones, John Fordham and Front Row Events for putting on such an excellent event! 

Local Rugby Clubs digging in for our injured players

Rugby truly is a game that embraces the spirit of “mateship” and “fair play”. 2014 was an inspiring year with several local & junior rugby clubs independently choosing to support Hearts in Union and raise funds for their fellow players in need. Words cannot express our thanks for their generosity and enthusiasm.

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Waverley Rugby Club
 

Waverley Rugby have supported Hearts in Union throughout 2014 in many ways. From wearing our logo, promotion at supporter days and raising funds at their annual presentation night. Heath Donald, Steve Cassells and the entire Club, you have our sincere thanks for your wonderful work!

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Nick Stevens & Mark Tonga from Hearts in Union with the Waverley Rugby crew at their 2014 Presentation Night. 

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Sydney & Brisbane Irish Rugby Football Clubs

Both the Sydney & Brisbane Irish have been incredible supporters for a couple years. They continue to hold their own excellent rugby events and voluntarily donate funds to our cause. Both organisations and in particular, Val Baynes, take a bow for your outstanding support!

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NSW Waratah, Jacques Potgieter, former Wallaby Warwick Waugh and Sydney Irish players with Ben Robertson at their Wallabies v France Pre-Test Function. 

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Lindfield Junior Rugby Club
For the past 2 years, the Lindfield Junior Rugby Club has made a very generous donation at their Annual Presentation Day. Our sincere thanks to the entire club and its supporters. Your support is making a real difference!
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Lane Cove Junior Rugby Club
After a “near miss” accident to one of their own players in 2014, who thankfully came through relatively unscathed, the Lane Cove Junior Rugby Club elected to raise funds and make a generous donation to help us assist another injured player who wasn’t as fortunate. An extremely thoughtful gesture!
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Events

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The Hearts in Union & Classic Wallabies 6th Annual Charity Golf Day

When: Friday, 6 March 2015
Where: St Michael’s Golf Club, Little Bay, Sydney

A massive thank you to the following people and organisations for their help and support of our main annual fundraiser: Macquarie Group Foundation, Heath Donald and Via IP Wholesale, Gary Dawson AO and Bullant Sports, Matt Laverty & Laverty Golf, Earl Schonberger & Scored.com.au and, of course, Classic Wallabies.

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sponsor-barbarians-rugbyThe Australian Barbarians “Bring Back Bill with the Baa Baa’s” Luncheon with special guest, Michael Cheika.

When: Friday, 27 February 2015

The work you have helped us achieve

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In 7 years, Hearts in Union been able to provide 7 new customised electric wheelchairs, money towards 6 new car conversions, and purchased three second hand converted vans. The Charity has also funded numerous home modifications, repairs & assessments, new computers, mobiles & voice recognition software, bed & chair cushions and other medical equipment needs and raised funds through fundraising & auctions to improve the day to day lives of many severely injured ex-rugby players who are suffering financial hardship. 

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In 2014, we were able to complete urgent home modifications and repairs, purchase new mobile phones and computers and apply funds for essential wheelchair and converted van modifications. Importantly, we have also been able to set aside funds for rehabilitation and accommodation expenses for future severely injured players who may need respite at the soon to be completed Sargood Centre in Sydney, a world class residential and holistic educational centre for people living with a spinal cord injury. 

Your donations make a difference

There is still much work to be done. We aim to ensure our severely injured players receive the best possible support throughout their lives, but we need your help.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and can be made by online by direct deposit or credit card via our website.

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When donating through Give Now, your donation receipt will be automatically sent to your nominated email address once your payment has been processed.

Cheque deposits can also be sent to

The Directors
Hearts in Union Pty Ltd
GPO Box 1925
Sydney NSW 2001

Please include your return contact details in order to receive a receipt

We thank you for your support.

Yours in Rugby, the Directors of Hearts in Union Rugby Foundation Australia.

Imagine Me Creative Workshop

The MYSCI creative photography workshop is a new arts program for people with a spinal cord injury.

It is now called Imagine Me and was created by Sue Murray, a professional photographer and lecturer. Imagine Me includes an introduction to photography and using Photoshop computer software, with the main focus that each person produce a creative self-portrait that portrays any personal aspect or the impact of spinal cord injury.

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John Eales – Hearts in Union Patron

I have great pleasure in being the patron of Hearts in Union, the foundation set up by Rocky Mileto to assist those with permanent injuries from playing Rugby Union. 

Rocky’s story is an inspiration to everyone; unfortunately in life, people have accidents and go through tough times – we have all seen it far too often.

But in life it’s not about the cards you are dealt but how you play them.

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