The Canberra Raiders aspire to be more than a rugby league team that participates in the National Rugby League Competition. Since 1982 the Club nicknamed the “Green Machine” has proudly existed to entertain, positively promote and contribute to the ACT and surrounds (i.e. the Capital Region) for the benefit of local communities and their people.
Our vast regional footprint measures nearly 60,000sqm in area and has a population in excess of 800,000 people. It extends from the ACT west to Riverina, east to Batemans Bay, south to Albury and Bega and north through to Bathurst and Orange.
Notwithstanding that the sheer size and unique traits of “Raiders Community’ provide great benefit for our core business function of player recruitment and development/retention, our immense reach and profile leads to significant requests for support on an annual basis.
During the last season alone Raiders Players, Coaches, Mascot, Cheer Squad and Support Staff attended more than 450 Community Appearances equating to over 800 hours of service. This commitment was made on top of direct support provided to more than 250 teams that play in local competitions and as part of ACT Touch Programs that attract more than 20,000 participants annually.
Canberra Raiders at St Edmund's College giving an NRL Wellbeing presentation.
Outside of the direct appearances and provided support during season 2016, the Raiders also gifted items like signed memorabilia and money-can’t buy experiences to identified community groups to fundraise. Conservatively these contributions generated more than $50,000 in additional Community benefit across our marketing area.
Since 1982 we have been proud of our annual contributions and commitment to “Raiders Community”, which will continue long into the future, along clearly defined lines of support.
Due to our high profile and immense reach, we are inundated with community requests. Limitations of resources has resulted in “Raiders Community” developing clearly defined parameters around things we are able to support as part of our annual Community Engagement Strategy.
For the 2017 season, and provided that any requests can be adequately accommodated, the following areas will be given priority in terms of consideration for Club support:
o Club Life Members
o Board Members
o Players (and Past Players)
o Corporate Partners
o Current Members
o Contractors (e.g. Cheer Squad, Mascot etc.)
o Canberra Region Rugby League
o Country Rugby League
o Affiliated Licensed Clubs
o ACT Government
o Australian Rugby League Commission
Josh Hodgson helping out with Menslink's Silence is Deadly Campaign.
Community Program Focus Areas
o Mental Health
o Domestic Violence
o Health & Wellbeing
o Indigenous (including School2Work Program)
o Raiders Reaching Out
Raiders at the ActewAGL Canberra Show showbag lauch at Canberra hospital.
o AFP Legacy
o Menslink. CLICK HERE to find out more about the Raiders supporting Menslink's Silence is Deadly program.
o Cancer Support Group
o Canberra RSL
o Ricky Stuart Foundation – Autism Awareness
o Men of League
o Ronald McDonald House Canberra
o Homes for Homes – link supplied YouTube promo
o Clontarf Foundation
o Domestic Violence Crisis Service
o Salvation Army
Alan Tongue's Aspire Program at Raiders HQ.
NRL One Community Initiatives
o Auckland Nines
o Indigenous All Stars
o Rugby League Reads
o State of Mind
o Community Carnival
o Dream, Believe, Achieve
o Violence Against Women (White Ribbon)
o Tackling Bullying
Autograph Alley at GIO Stadium.
Local School Initiatives
o School Competitions
o School (Teacher) Ambassador Program
AusTouch and ACT Touch
o Deaf Awareness
o Corporate Touch
o Super League
SPECIFIC RAIDERS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Local League (Capital Region) Initiatives
o Participation Round & Participant Rewards
o Raiders Top Squad Player Allocation – Club visits
o Education Programs – Coaching & First Aid
o Club assistance program
o April School Holiday Clinic
o July Green Brigade Experience
Game Day Promotions
o Autograph Alley
o Emeralds Corner
o Charities of the Week x 2
o Raiders Teachers of the Week
o Raiders Business of the Week
o CRRL Spirit of League
o Alan Tongue Learning through Fitness
o Raiders Reaching Out