The Canberra Raiders are using their time in isolation to support a great cause, as they raise money and awareness for the Black Dog Institute through the Mullets for Mental Health initiative.
Several members of the Raiders NRL squad including Josh Papalii, Curtis Scott, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Elliott Whitehead and John Bateman are all taking part, as well as a host of younger squad and staff members.
The initiative runs through the month of September, with donations made online through the official Raiders Page. You can donate to the Raiders team or to one of the participating players.
The Raiders through their partnership with Major Sponsor Huawei have been supporting the Black Dog Institute all season, with the recent charity round jersey worn against the Brisbane Broncos in round 14.
Canberra Raiders Wellbeing officer Andrew Bishop said the association with the Black Dog Institute was an important one for the club and that the Mullets for Mental Health initiative allowed the players to support it despite the limitations in their community interactions.
“The numbers of people who have mental health issues are significant in society, with 1 in 5 people showing symptoms of mental illness in any given year,” Bishop said. “This initiative allows the club to help spread a really important message and its important for the players too, who feel as if they can contribute to the community in a different way then they are used to doing during isolation.
“Growing a mullet may not seem like much, but it can start a conversation which may lead to someone with a mental health issue seeking support. If we can raise some money along the way its all worth it.”