Appearances and Donations
The Canberra Raiders share a special bond with the Canberra and Regional Community and do their best to assist in worthwhile ventures and community work by volunteering their time at schools, hospitals, charities and other community events. The Raiders were able to conduct over 425 requested appearances equating to nearly 940 hours of community appearances in 2017.
Aside from direct appearances, the Canberra Raiders take pride in supporting a wide variety of charity efforts throughout the ACT and Capital region by donating assorted items to the football family and local community. Donated items are primarily used in raffles and/or auctions. In season 2017 over $80,000 worth of products were donated by the Club.
The Raiders endeavour to spread their support throughout the Canberra Greater Region equally. For this reason, repeated requests or those received from a cause already heavily supported are unlikely, as we wish to support as many worthy causes over time as possible.
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 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 individuals relationship with the game and the club will be a factor in determining the success or otherwise of any request.
As much as the Club would like to support all requests, this unfortunately is not feasible due to the limitation of stock on an annual basis. As noted above, requests from an area or cause which is already heavily supported will not be successful, nor will repeated requests. This is to ensure that the Raiders are able to support as many causes throughout the Canberra Greater Region as possible.
Requests must be made to the Canberra Raiders four (4) weeks prior to the event for the donation of goods which will assist in fund raising activities. We will be unable to help with any donation requests made not adhering to this timeframe.
If eligible for a player appearance, under the above requirements, the Canberra Raiders will do their best to accommodate your request, however player appearances are subject to availability. Appearances must not clash with their strict training schedules or mandatory leave periods. The Raiders will make the final decision on which player/s attend your event and the time spent at the event. The Canberra Raiders require a minimum four (4) weeks’ notice before the event for appearance requests to be considered.
The Raiders conduct a few post-match presentations during the season at GIO stadium and at Raiders associated clubs at which players are available for autographs. Additionally, our players are active in the community on a regular basis and provide autograph and photo opportunities. Club Members are given the opportunity to have items signed at exclusive meet and greet events throughout the year.
Items sent to Raiders HQ for autographs will not be accepted or returned to sender unsigned regardless of your relationship with the Club. We will not be liable for the loss of any item sent to our offices.
Online Application Form:
If you feel your cause qualifies for a donation/player appearance by the Canberra Raiders from the above criteria and wish to make an application, please use the below online application form.
Requests made via this portal that meet the criteria, have the most likelihood of being successful in their request. However, external community groups need to be conscious that the Raiders receive a large number of requests (and obligatory requests) from the local government, the NRL, Corporate partners, club members and CDRL. You will be notified via email of your requests outcome, all decisions are made in alignment with this criteria and are final.
A declined request by the Raiders does not necessarily mean we do not support your initiative. As noted above, we support a large variety of causes directly and while we may not be able to contribute to your cause directly, it is very likely that we are doing so through alternate avenues.