There will be more big moments in hi-vis as the Voice for Mining Family Day returns to the NRL in 2021, recognising mining families and all the good things the industry brings to NSW.
The major community event did not go ahead last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, the Newcastle Knights will wear the famous hi-vis jersey in round four when they take on the St George-Illawarra Dragons, another team representing a region with strong links to mining communities.
The game on Sunday 4 April marks the ninth year of the NSW Minerals Council’s partnership with the Knights.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) is also the official charity partner for the event and Newcastle club legend Kurt Gidley will be an ambassador for the mining round.
NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said it would be fantastic to see thousands of mining families back in the stadium cheering on the Knights after a challenging year for everyone.
“Throughout the pandemic, our mines have kept going with strict coronavirus safety measures in place and the hard work and commitment of our miners,” he stated.
“This helped keep the NSW economy moving when things were really difficult.
“We want to thank everyone by celebrating together at this COVIDSafe event.”
Knights CEO Philip Gardner said the connection between Knights fans and the mining community grew stronger all the time.
“It’s been a tough year,” he added.
“But, without mining and the Hunter’s mining families, things would have been even tougher.
“There are so many local people connected to the industry, like premiership winner Bill Peden and NRL forward Josh King who have both worked in mining.
“And, so many more players and fans who have friends and family that work in mining, like Matt and Kurt Gidley whose father Geoff drove trains up and down the Hunter Valley for almost 30 years.
“That’s why the team is so proud to wear the mining colours and show we support NSW mining families and the mining industry again in 2021.”
Speaking ahead of the match, Voice for Mining Family Day Ambassador Gidley admitted the game meant a lot to the players, too.
“It was emotional for me,” he said.
“I’m always passionate and emotional before every game.
“I was representing my family – my dad, my brother Adam who worked at Pacific National for 10 years.
“It stirred some emotion for me personally, but I think it resonated with the rest of the team, too, that it was more than just a normal game.”
Voice for Mining Family Day
WHEN: Sunday 4 April
WHO: Newcastle Knights v St George-Illawarra Dragons
WHERE: McDonald Jones Stadium