Appearances and Donations
NOTICE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) all Canberra Raiders community requests have been put on-hold until further notice.
The Canberra Raiders share a special bond with the greater Canberra region and do their best to assist with worthwhile ventures and community work by volunteering their time at schools, hospitals, charities and other community events. The Raiders were able to conduct over 402 requested appearances equating to nearly 711 hours of community appearances in 2019.
The Canberra Raiders take pride in supporting a wide variety of charity efforts by donating assorted items to the football family and local community to assist in fundraising efforts for raffles and auctions.
The Raiders receive many requests from individuals who have either fallen on hard times or have family, friends or associates who have been involved in medical or life tragedies. Whilst the Raiders endeavour to assist as many causes as possible, the individual’s relationship with the game and the club will be a factor in determining the success or otherwise of any request.
Preference will be given to the following causes:
- Canberra Raiders Club Members
- Direct Sponsors of the Club
- Canberra Region Rugby League Clubs
- Schools that are involved with Rugby League and the School Ambassador Program
- Community and/or Charity Groups related to our Community Focus Areas
- Registered charities
The Raiders endeavour to spread their support throughout the greater Canberra region equally. For this reason, repeated requests or those received from a cause already heavily supported are unlikely to be successful. This is to ensure that the Raiders are able to support as many causes throughout the great Canberra Region as possible.
As much as the Club would like to support all requests, unfortunately this is not feasible due to the limitation of stock we receive.
Requests for donations must be made four (4) weeks prior to the event or fundraising activity being undertaken. If your request is made inside this timeframe, the Raiders will be unable to assist with a donation.
If eligible for a player appearance, the Canberra Raiders will do their best to accommodate your request, however player appearances are subject to availability. Appearances must not clash with player training schedules or mandatory leave periods. The Raiders will make the final decision on which player/s attend and the time spent at the event.
The Raiders require a minimum four (4) weeks’ notice before the event for appearance requests to be considered.
The Raiders conduct several post-match presentations during the season at GIO Stadium and at associated licensed clubs, which players are available for autographs. Additionally, our players are regularly active in the community and offer autograph and photo opportunities when appropriate. Club Members are given the opportunity to have items signed at exclusive meet and greet events throughout the year.
Items sent to Huawei Raiders Centre for autographs will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender unsigned, regardless of your relationship with the Club. We will not be liable for the loss of any item sent to our office.
Online Application Form:
All community donation and appearance requests must be made through the online portal and must meet the above criteria.
If you wish to make an application, CLICK HERE to make a formal request.
Requests made via the online portal have the most likelihood of being successful. However, all applicants need to be conscious that the Canberra Raiders receive a large number of requests (and obligatory requests) from the local government, the NRL, corporate partners, Club members and Canberra Regional Rugby League (CRRL).
You will be notified of the outcome of your request via email.
The final decision on community requests is at the discretion of the Canberra Raiders and all decisions are final.
The Club supports a large variety of causes and while we may not be able to contribute to your cause directly, a declined request by the Raiders does not necessarily mean we do not support your initiative.