Tweed men in split decision

SUCCESS can be a great thing for fundraising organisations but it can also bring about its own problems.

One such organisation is the Men of League, which first started operating on the Tweed back in August 2004.

From a humble meeting at the Dolphins Hotel in Tweed Heads, 16 people attended and formed the Tweed Gold Coast Branch of the Men of League.

The primary objective of the Men of League is to support former players, officials and referees who have fallen on hard times or who, for a variety of reasons, have limited social contact.

In 2004, the membership of the Men of League was about 1500 nationally with about 60 members in the Tweed Gold Coast area.

Since then, the Men of League Foundation has grown to over 12000 members Australia-wide, with the Tweed Gold Coast branch braking into two entities - the Northern Rivers Branch encompassing Tweed to Grafton and a Gold Coast branch based around the Burleigh Bears.

Since its inception, the Northern Rivers branch has raised in excess of $90,000, with over $50,000 being used to assist local organisations such as the Tweed Hospital, the Point Danger and Kingscliff Volunteer Coastguards, Bilambil Juniors RLFC, CareFlight, Far North Coast Surf Life Saving, Kids with Autism and Prostate Cancer Awareness.

Unfortunately, the success and growth of the Men of League has caused problems concerning the size of the Northern Rivers area and the number of members it was servicing.

At a meeting held in Lismore in late July, a new Northern Rivers Men of League Committee was elected, with nobody from the Tweed who was on the old committee, standing for re-election.

The Men of League Northern Rivers will continue to operate, but there is a growing desire for a local Tweed group to organise social events and functions in the immediate area.

Following an initial get-together at the Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday, it was decided to hold a meeting for the election of offices for the Tweed District Men of League at the Sands Hotel, Coolangatta on October 11 starting at 11.30am.

  •  For further information about the meeting or organisation contact Doug Barton on 0418 708 485 or email him at

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