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Raiders Players cooking for the Ronald McDonald House Meals from the Heart program

The Canberra Raiders are proud to have continued their community support during the 2021 season, in another year that has been affected by the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lockdowns in NSW and the ACT saw the Raiders relocated to Queensland for their final four home matches of the season, however the Club continued to support the local and rugby league communities throughout the entire 2021 season.

The Club’s 50/50 Charity Raffle program which supported 12 charities throughout the season during Raider’s home matches was able to raise almost $50,000, while the Club still managed to spend over 500 hours in the community and donated over $30,000 worth of merchandise and memorabilia for various organisations during 2021.

These numbers reflect the Clubs ongoing efforts to remain connected to the community, despite the challenges faced with COVID restrictions.

During the season the Raiders were able to engage in person in a limited capacity, with 15 junior club visits and several face-to-face interactions facilitated before restrictions were tightened.

Elliott Whitehead during the Raiders Junior Club Visits this year
Elliott Whitehead during the Raiders Junior Club Visits this year

The Club was able to hold a number virtual community opportunities for the first time, with the NRL squad spending several hours over the season talking to members, fans and community organisations through online conferences and phone calls.

Jack Wighton meeting some fans at the Raiders fan day
Jack Wighton meeting some fans at the Raiders fan day

CDRL Community Program Manager, Sarah Williams, said the Clubs ongoing connection to the community was vital, particularly in the current climate and thanked all of the community groups and fans for showing their support in return during 2021.

“It’s been a tough two years for everyone in our local community and the Raiders are proud to have been able to continue their community involvement despite the challenges faced during the ongoing pandemic,” Ms Williams said. “We thrive on the support and connection to the Raiders community, whether that be in the ACT or the surrounding regional areas and it’s been wonderful to see this spirit continue in 2021.”

“Some of our charity partners and community groups have needed our support more than ever this year and through initiatives like the 50/50 Charity Raffle and the Raiders Foundation, we’ve been able to provide that ongoing support.”

“We thank all of our members and fans for getting behind our community initiatives in 2021 and look forward to hopefully a better year for all in 2022.”