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Hunter’s biggest charity league day sidelined by COVID-19


The state’s biggest charity rugby league day has been sidelined again – this time by COVID-19.

After being flooded out by torrential rain in March, organisers of the hugely-successful A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining tournament have made the difficult call to postpone the event, which was due to be played at Singleton’s Pirtek Park on Saturday 16 October.

It is hoped the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) fundraiser – that features participants from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Aberdeen, Scone, Mudgee, Dubbo and beyond – will now go ahead on Saturday 19 March at the same venue.

“Understandably, we know this decision will disappoint many,” WRHS regional partnerships officer Danny Eather said.

“However, the safety of volunteers, staff and the wider community is paramount.

“As well as delivering a high-quality event that we have all come to expect and the current COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty, it just doesn’t allow for it at this point in time.”

Over the past seven years, the Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day has become the premier benevolent sporting competition in NSW, raising more than $400,000 for the WRHS and keeping its crews across Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore ready to respond 24-7 for the community.

“We are committed to doing the right thing by our supporters and hope you can all come and join us on the field in March next season,” Mr Eather said.

“All team/player registration will be simply moved across to the new date along with all sponsor commitments.

“Effectively, everything stays the same just a change of date.

“Lastly, on behalf of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, I again express our sincere thanks to all players, sponsors, suppliers and volunteers for being so patient and understanding with the postponement, and please continue to stay healthy and safe.”

All pre-purchased entry tickets will be valid for the new date, too. 

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