Newsletter – June 2016

Each year, Hearts in union provides valuable support to a range of people who have suffered severe and permanent injuries through a freak accident while playing rugby.

There is an ongoing need to provide life improving and affirming support and we need your help! 2015 was not a good year for some people. Tragically, there were four severe injuries and one death last year alone.

Our Work in 2015 / 2016

The Numbers

Approximately $90,000 was given to assist 7 different former rugby players across 3 states.
A further $60,000 approved for projects underway to assist 2 more former rugby players.
Applications from 3 new applicants currently being compiled and assessed.

Lachlan O’Brien and Maciu Vosa in Melbourne

The Assistance

Assistance included funding for new wheelchairs & wheelchair modifications, converted wheelchair accessible vans, lift/hoist for entry into modified vans, swivel seats, navigations systems, urgent home repairs, car conversion mods and more.

The Camaraderie

In addition, we have coordinated and covered various costs for social activities with our injured players to ensure they are included and welcomed within the rugby community.
These include groups attending NSW Waratahs games, the Sydney Sevens Weekend and various rugby lunches & fundraisers throughout the year.
Mark Tonga, Nick Stevens &  Lachlan O'Brien at the Sydney Sevens

Mark Tonga, Nick Stevens &
Lachlan O’Brien at the Sydney Sevens

A huge thank you to the NSW Waratahs, the ARU and the Australian Rugby Foundation for their generosity in supplying tickets for our injured players.
Extra thanks to the NSW Waratahs for looking after our injured players so well. The Waratahs have given Hearts in Union invaluable support by choosing us as an official Match Day Charity!

 Injury Awareness, Treatment and Prevention

 Hearts in Union has evolved in 2016 to also support our local rugby clubs in the awareness, treatment & prevention of serious spinal injuries. Tragically, studies show that approximately 25% of injured people have further damage caused to their spine between the time of the accident and arriving at hospital.
So we are delighted to announce that Hearts in Union and the Macquarie Group Foundation are jointly funding a NeckSafe partnership program in 2016. A further $40,000 has already been allocated with hopefully more to come to benefit as many clubs as possible.
Dr Adrian Cohen training Waverley Rugby personnel

Dr Adrian Cohen training Waverley Rugby personnel

The NeckSafe program is nationally recognised as providing the first responders onto the rugby field with the knowledge and practical skills to safely manage a potential spinal cord injury.
The Hearts in Union / Macquarie Group Foundation NeckSafe package includes:
1. NeckSafe face-face training session for club personnel / alumni on-site at their
premises led by Dr Adrian Cohen.
2. Complete set of NeckSafe equipment:
  • Split Scoop Spineboard
  • Head Immobilisation Device (“Headbed”)
  • Cervical Collars x 2
  • Spinal set carry bag
3. 10 x NeckSafe Phone Apps
4. Access to NeckSafe Spinal Equipment Audit App
The first recipient clubs have been:
  • Waverley Rugby Club
  • Sydney Irish Rugby Football Club
  • Randwick District Rugby Union Football Club
With more to follow!
Dr Cohen with Nick Stevens and Sydney Irish Rugby Football Club personnel

Dr Cohen with Nick Stevens and Sydney Irish Rugby Football Club personnel

Our sincere thanks to the Macquarie Group Foundation for making this exciting partnership opportunity a reality and allowing us to prepare and equip clubs as best as possible.

We thank you again for your interest & support.

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