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Community Programs

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 425 Community Appearances equating to over 940 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.

Outside of the direct appearances and provided support during season 2017, 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 $80,000 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 2019 season, and provided that any requests can be adequately accommodated, the following areas will be given priority in terms of consideration for Club support:


Raiders Family

  • Club Life Members
  • Board Members
  • Staff
  • Players (and Past Players)
  • Corporate Partners
  • Current Members
  • Contractors (e.g. Cheer Squad, Mascot etc.)
  • Canberra Region Rugby League
  • Country Rugby League
  • Affiliated Licensed Clubs
  • ACT Government
  • Australian Rugby League Commission
Josh Hodgson helping out with Menslink's Silence is Deadly Campaign.
Josh Hodgson helping out with Menslink's Silence is Deadly Campaign.


Community Program Focus Areas

  • Mental Health
  • Domestic Violence
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Indigenous (including School2Work Program)
  • Raiders Reaching Out

Appointed Charities

  • The Salvation Army
  • CanTeen
  • Hartey Lifecare
  • Kulture Break
  • Red Nose Foundation
  • RMHC
  • PCYC
  • Cure Brain Cancer
  • Camp Quality
  • Tara Costigan Foundation
  • Ricky Stuart Foundation
  • Menslink
Alan Tongue's Aspire Program at Raiders HQ.
Alan Tongue's Aspire Program at Raiders HQ.


Autograph Alley at GIO Stadium.
Autograph Alley at GIO Stadium.

 Local School Initiatives

  • School Competitions

AusTouch and ACT Touch

  • Deaf Awareness
  • Corporate Touch
  • Super League


Local League (Capital Region) Initiatives

  • Participation Round & Participant Rewards
  • Raiders Top Squad Player Allocation – Club visits
  • Education Programs – Coaching & First Aid
  • Club assistance program

Game Day Promotions

  • Autograph Alley
  • Emeralds Corner
  • Charities of the Week x 2
  • Raiders Teachers of the Week
  • Raiders Business of the Week
  • CRRL Spirit of League
  • Alan Tongue Learning through Fitness
  • Raiders Reaching Out