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Community Partners

The Raiders are proud to be associated with the following community organisations.

Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a major community partner of the Canberra Raiders. The formal partnership was formed in December 2020. The Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan.

The partnership will see both organisations focus on mental health education and training in the community and workplace as well as fundraising and research support for mental health.

The partnership will create positive community engagement to increase awareness of mental health, available resources and support and an increased mechanism to raise vital funds for mental health research.


Menslink is a major charity partner of the Canberra Raiders. Their program, Silence is Deadly, focuses on visiting schools across Canberra, Queanbeyan and Yass to talk with young guys of all ages about the hassles of life. Canberra Raiders players have featured in these program videos since 2016.

The Disability Trust

The Disability Trust provides highly professional care and support to people with disabilities and their families. Through their sport and recreation department, The Disability Trust have formed a relationship with the Canberra Raiders, whereby people with disabilities assist staff on game day with a wide variety of tasks and activities to encourage social interaction, self-confidence, teamwork and a sense of community. This group of talented young people are known as our Super Squad.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)

The Canberra Raiders have had a long association with Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide a home for families with children undergoing care in Canberra. Our Club are regular contributors to the Meals from the Heart Program located within The Canberra Hospital. Players and staff from the Club have all volunteered their time to help prepare meals for families during their stay in the house. The Canberra Raiders are also proud to support this charity through their Ambassador program and annual McHappy Day.

NRL School to Work

The School to Work (S2W) Program was developed in response to research highlighting that Indigenous youth who had not found an employment or training pathway six months after leaving school, had a significantly higher chance of being long term unemployed.

In 2015, the Canberra Raiders joined the S2W Program and have developed a number of programs since then, including the opportunity for local Indigenous youth to partake in referee training courses and sporting leadership programs.

This program continues to grow throughout the ACT and surrounding region and the Canberra Raiders are committed to participants to ensure a smooth transition to life after school.

Men of League Foundation

Teamwork and mateship have been the cornerstones of rugby league since its inception. The Men of League Foundation grew from the realisation that these qualities could be harnessed to serve those who needed help the most.

Whether you are an ex-player, an administrator, referee, or club volunteer; whether you are a man, woman or child, Men of League Foundation protects and enhances lives while respecting each individual’s dignity.

The vision was to build a foundation that provided practical assistance and social support, and this vision has been realised.

The Foundation provides assistance with everything from surgery, rehabilitation, equipment and specialist care to wellbeing visits to homes and hospitals to address social isolation and promote mental health.

The Canberra Raiders are proud to partner with the Men of League Foundation and provide fundraising support for activities and events which are organised each year throughout our region.