Alex McKinnon #RISEFORALEX

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    McKinnon excited to return home

    Matt Logue

    Mon 14th July, 04:20PM

    We've always known Alex McKinnon is a special person but this was as inspirational as it gets.

    Sitting before a packed media conference at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Monday morning to launch RiseForAlex Round, McKinnon couldn't contain his excitement when asked about this weekend's events named in his honour.

    You see, after four months in hospital following his spinal injury back in March, the Newcastle back-rower is understandably itching to return home to see his family and friends.

    He is also equally enthused about the opportunity to thank the thousands of people who've offered their well wishes for a speedy recovery.

    It's a positive vibe for McKinnon which will reach fever pitch this Sunday when the Knights host the Gold Coast Titans at Hunter Stadium in RiseForAlex Round.

    On top of witnessing a quality game of football, the entire NRL community will get a chance to unite as one in support of Alex.

    In fact, a dollar will be donated to the RiseForAlex Fund for every person who attends a round 19 match this weekend - a prospect that's extremely humbling for the 22-year-old from the Upper Hunter Valley town of Aberdeen.

    "I am really looking forward to getting back to Newcastle and Hunter Stadium this weekend," grinned McKinnon, flanked by coach Wayne Bennett and teammates Willie Mason, Darius Boyd, Dane Gagai and Korbin Sims.

    "I really like the place and everything it’s about and everything the Knights are about.

    "I just can’t wait to get back to Hunter Stadium and see all the people and everyone who has supported me.

    "So it will be a really good few days and my first trip away from the hospital in about four months.

    "It will be good to get back and just be normal for a bit and not be in hospital and just relax.

    "Not being around all my friends and the boys has been tough.

    "I’m a very family orientated person and obviously being in hospital you are away from them a lot.

    "That’s one thing I’ve really missed."

    McKinnon may have struggled without his teammates and loved ones, but he insists he wouldn't have got through the past few months without their constant calls.

    "The support the boys have showed me, I could never thank them enough," he enthused.

    "From Wayne and the Knights to the NRL, they’ve all helped me a lot through the last couple of months.

    "Then there’s been the support of my family, so it has been overwhelming.

    "Obviously when you get thrown in a situation like this, you don’t know how to handle it, but all the people around me have made it a lot better.

    "They’ve motivated me to get back to the person I am and set goals.”

    Bennett has always been close with McKinnon, but the veteran mentor admits their friendship has been strengthened through the tough times of the past four months.

    The supercoach says his main source of inspiration has come through Alex's humbling ability to make others feel comfortable when he is the one suffering.

    "Alex was very valued before he got injured, so he is only more valued now," Bennett said frankly.

    "Because we all feel his pain.

    "All his teammates were with him on the night and that memory will never go away from any of us.

    "I’ve got to say to everyone’s credit, the support has been wonderful for him.

    "But that’s because of the type of person he is.

    "He is a pretty outstanding young man and he has even become more outstanding in my eyes since the accident.

    "Because he has made sure he has made it easier for all of us.

    "He has worn all the pain and all the grief and all that’s in front of him, but he is more concerned about us and how we feel.

    "It’s remarkable what he has done and it’s remarkable the way that he has carried himself and the way that he continues to be motivated.

    "He won’t take any short cuts doing that, because he never took any short cuts as a player."

    It's why Bennett and everyone close to McKinnon insist he'll also rise above his current spinal injury.


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2014/07/14/mckinnon_excited_to_return_home.html

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    How you can #RiseForAlex

    Mon 14th July, 04:26PM

    In a show of solidarity, all NRL clubs have chosen to support the RiseForAlex Fund in both Rounds 19 and 20, enabling the fans to make donations by purchasing a RiseForAlex wristband which will be sold at venues across this weekend and next.

    This weekend’s centrepiece will be a celebration on Sunday, 20 July in Newcastle, hosted in Alex McKinnon’s honour at Hunter Stadium, with Alex as the special guest.

    NRL Chief Executive Mr Dave Smith said the support for Alex has come from far and wide.

    “The RiseForAlex Round is a great opportunity for the Rugby League community to show their support for one of their own players,” Mr Smith said.

    “Fans and members of our game are renowned for their care and generosity and I know this weekend will hold special meaning for those who attend any game.

    “Since its beginnings the Rugby League community has been built on trust, care and family values and this will be showcased during the RiseForAlex Round.”

    Gates at Hunter Stadium will open at 11am and upon arrival members and fans will be entertained in a specially created RiseForAlex precinct showcasing live music, radio broadcasts and family friendly activities.

    A celebration for Alex will take place in the stadium pre-match and during half time, with full details still to be announced.

    Family tickets for this weekend’s round of the NRL Telstra Premiership start from just $50, with junior passes accepted at most venues (excluding Eels and Rabbitohs at Pirtek).

    Fans attending the Knights v Titans match are encouraged to arrive early.

    The RiseForAlex Fund has been established to provide ongoing financial and medical support to the Newcastle Knights forward and is independently managed by a board of directors.

    How you can Rise for Alex in Round 19:

    - The NRL will be donating one dollar to the RiseForAlex Fund for every Rugby League fan who attends any match during Round 19.

    - Fans can make donations by purchasing a RiseForAlex wristband that will be sold at all matches across the RiseForAlex Rounds (19 & 20).

    - Fans can also make donations online at www.riseforalex.org.au or by texting RiseForAlex to 0498 555 555.

    - The Footy Show, along with Telstra, will open up the lines for donations with a call centre from 8.30pm on July 17, Phone: 1800 441 991.

    - 150 Telstra volunteers and players from several clubs will answer calls during the night.

    - The Daily Telegraph will donate one dollar from every newspaper sold on Saturday 19 July.

    - The NRL’s broadcast partners Fox Sports, 2GB and Triple M have also contributed support to the RiseForAlex round.


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2014/07/14/how_you_can_riseforalex.html
     
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    Mason: Alex will spur us on

    By Jack Brady, Staff Writer
    NRL.com
    2:01pm Mon 14th July, 2014

    Tough-as-teak Newcastle prop Willie Mason admits the sense of occasion of the RiseForAlex Round will inspire and lift the Knights in their clash with the Gold Coast at home on Sunday afternoon.

    Recalling the mood in the team camp in the lead-up to the RiseForAlex game in Round 4 against the Cronulla Sharks, Mason insisted this weekend's game - expected to be played before a packed crowd at Hunter Stadium - would be doubly emotion-charged.

    "The Cronulla game at the start of the year... was really, really highly emotional for a lot of guys and this one is going to be twice as much.

    "I know when we were standing in that circle everyone was crying, so this one will be just [the same]," Mason said.

    "Even to be a part of the first game against Cronulla and this one, if you can't rise up or anything like that, pardon the pun, you shouldn't play rugby league.

    "The whole NRL is going to stand up but we're the main club that has to do it."

    Not shy to admit that McKinnon is one of his best mates at the Knights despite their 12-year age difference, Mason couldn't be more proud of his young teammate with McKinnon speaking to the media for the first time since the incident on Monday morning.

    "I have nothing but love for the kid," Mason said.

    "You just have to look at the way he conducts himself in front of [the media]... for the RiseForAlex week and he doesn't want to put it on himself and he's thanking everybody else.

    "That's the sort of guy he is. He's such a good kid.

    "The whole team gets quite emotional whenever you think of him.

    "Even speaking to [Korbin] Simsy the other day... and he broke down so it still obviously touches the younger guys.

    "The whole year has been very bizarre."

    Admitting that he speaks to McKinnon every day on the phone, Mason believes now that McKinnon will be a pioneer for other players who have suffered or may experience major injuries.

    "The first week or two when they said he was never going to walk again we were really shocked.

    "He told us all that and we were all really emotional about all that stuff but impressively he kept getting better and better and now he can move both arms and his neck so he's come along in leaps and bounds," Mason said.

    "I'm a massive believer in things happening for a reason but it sucks that Alex is it... I think there is a higher power there that picked him because he's such a strong kid."

    With the RiseForAlex Round occurring this weekend, Channel Nine’s The Footy Show will host a telethon for Alex during their broadcast on July 17, with the call centre open from 8:30pm AEST.

    Telstra will host the call centre, with 150 Telstra volunteers and players from several clubs who will be assisting with answering calls during the night.

    Fans can also make donations online at www.riseforalex.org.au or by texting RiseForAlex to 0498 555 555.

    #RiseForAlex



    http://www.nrl.com/mason-alex-will-spur-us-on/tabid/10874/newsid/80217/default.aspx


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    Alex McKinnon says fellow patients have helped him make peace with the situation he is in


    • JOSH MASSOUD
    • THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    • JULY 15, 2014 12:00AM

    Alex McKinnon wouldn’t have progressed this far had he listened to the naysayers, or, as Knights teammate Willie Mason prefers to describe them, the ‘bulls ... t” artists.

    "He gets a lot of people ringing him up saying, ‘Stay positive’ and stuff like that. I reckon that’s a load of bull****,” Mason said.

    "It’s easy to say that when you can just leave and have a coffee with your mates.

    "He’s got to stay there and stare at the ceiling.

    "Me and him are realists. We talk about life and footy and other sorts of things.

    "We just don’t bulls.. t to each other.”

    McKinnon’s amazing recovery tale might make us feel better, but, behind the inspiring words and renewed movements of his limbs, the hero regularly suffers.

    In his first press conference since suffering a career-ending broken neck in Melbourne four months ago, McKinnon on Monday revealed he has many good days as bad ones.

    With no guarantee that he will ever walk again, McKinnon has nothing else to rely on but his own faith. For a 22-year-old, that can be a fragile commodity.

    "But there’s no point having the s. ts," he points out.

    "There’s no point being angry.

    "I could be filthy on the world, filthy on the game, but I’m not.

    “At the end of the day I’m in a situation and you’ve got to be content with that situation and enjoy the time with your friends.

    “If I’m angry I’m not going to be real fun to be around.”

    Such perspective does not come from the procession of well wishers who’ve visited his bedside.

    Or far flung sympathisers who’ve forwarded messages of support from across the globe.

    It doesn’t even come from those closest to him, his family and best mates, who’ve tried to share a burden that no one can prepare to carry.

    It comes from strangers McKinnon never thought he’d become intimate with as a robust young footballer.

    They are fellow patients at a specialist rehab clinic in Ryde, where he’s been confined since late April.

    They are everyday people, rendered immobile by everyday accidents that will never attract the headlines.

    But they’ve grabbed McKinnon’s attention, and, along the way, helped him to make peace with the game that will honour him for this weekend’s ‘RiseForAlex’ Round.

    “Rugby league is a safe sport,” McKinnon said.

    “What rugby league has done for me and my life is ridiculous.

    "I would not be the person I am today without rugby league. I would not change it for anything.

    "More people get spinal injuries in car accidents than they do rugby league.

    "Being in a spinal rehab you see how other people end up there and realise that your situation is not as bad as theirs.

    "There’s some people there who have injuries walking down the street or riding a pushbike.

    "You can be haunted about how you live your life, but if something is going to happen, it’s going to happen, I suppose.”

    With those words McKinnon repaired the damage.

    The damage inflicted by his accident, which would supposedly spook hordes of parents from letting their kids play rugby league.

    The damage inflicted by other former players who’ve suffered brain damage from repeated concussions.

    Because if someone sitting in a wheelchair can be philosophical enough to accept their fate, then surely such humility is within the reach of anyone who choses to lace-up a pair of footy boots.

    "He’s a fighter and he’s young, If there’s anyone they are going to give this challenge to, it should be Alex,” Mason said.

    "I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason.

    "It sucks that Alex is that kid, but there’s a higher power that’s chosen him because he’s such a strong kid.”

    Make sure you buy this Saturday’s Daily Telegraph, $1 from every sale will be donated to the RiseForAlex Fund.

    Thanks to our partners FoxSports and Crown Resorts Foundation https://riseforalex.org.au/


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    The Sharks have retired their number 16 jersey for their game against the Cowboys this week :)


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    Storm raises The Voice for Alex

    NRL.com
    9:47am Wed 16th July, 2014



    Melbourne Storm and the stars of the hit series The Voice will team up on Saturday at AAMI Park to support the RiseForAlex Round.

    Four of this season’s stars will join Storm and the rugby league community in support of Alex McKinnon and help in raising funds to provide medical and financial assistance.

    In addition to the NRL donating $1 to the RiseForAlex Fund for every fan who attends an NRL match this weekend, AAMI Park will also donate a $1 for every patron at Storm’s match against the Raiders.

    Fans can show their support by purchasing a RiseForAlex wristband which will be sold at the stadium on Saturday.

    It’s the show that has Australia talking; now four of this season’s The Voice stars will lead some of the pre-match activities as they entertain the crowd before kick-off.

    The popular C Major, Elly Oh, Soli Tesema and Julian Simonsz will perform from 4.50pm and at half-time on Saturday inside AAMI Park on a custom-built stage.

    The artists will also perform on the AAMI Park concourse from 4pm, where fans will have their chance to take a seat in the coveted coaches red chair.

    Five double passes to The Voice Top 8 Live tour in August, will be given away on Saturday, with fans needing to be inside the stadium for the chance to win.



    http://www.nrl.com/storm-raises-the-voice-for-alex/tabid/10874/newsid/80264/default.aspx

     
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    Dragons To Rise For Alex

    Tue 15th July, 02:00PM

    The St George Illawarra Dragons will all ‘Rise For Alex’ when they honour their former teammate against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Monday.

    McKinnon made his first-grade debut for the Red V during the 2011 campaign after rising through the Club’s youth system and was later named in the National Youth Competition ‘Team of the Year’ later that season.

    The general public are encouraged to donate to the Rise For Alex Fund which has been set-up to provide ongoing medical and financial support for the player.

    Furthermore, the NRL will donate one dollar to the Rise For Alex Fund for each person who attends a fixture this round.

    Trent Merrin will be auctioning his 100th first-grade milestone game boots worn on ANZAC Day for the Rise For Alex Fund which will be open to the public to make bids via www.dragons.com.au on Friday.


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    Alex McKinnon continues to inspire us all

    July 16, 2014


    By Mitchell Dale, RLW Editor

    Alex McKinnon’s situation can only be described as a tragic – but it has brought out the best in rugby league people.

    Watching the rugby league community rally behind Alex this week has been inspirational.

    The NRL are doing their part, naming this weekend Rise For Alex Round, and donating one dollar to the RiseForAlex Fund for every fan who attends a game this weekend.

    But, individually, clubs are chipping in as well.

    They might be rivals on the field, but when something of this magnitude happens, rivalries are put aside.

    Johnathan Thurston will wear the No.16 jersey for the Cowboys this weekend.

    The Knights have retired the number for the rest of the year, as a tribute to Alex, but have given the Cowboys their blessing for JT to wear the unfamiliar number on his back.

    After the match, the jersey will be auctioned off.

    On top of the NRL’s donation, the SCG Trust will also kick in one dollar for every fan who attends the Roosters-Panthers game at Allianz Stadium.

    AAMI Park will do likewise for the Storm-Raiders game. Singers from The Voice will also keep punters entertained at AAMI Park . . . if that’s your thing.

    Considering the tension between the Storm and Knights when the incident first occurred, it is a magnanimous step by Melbourne.

    They’re not the only clubs who taken the initiative to help out – other clubs have planned various events around matches this weekend as well, It’s great to see.

    RLW
    wants to help as well.

    For every issue we sell this week, we will donate 10 cents for the RiseForAlex Fund.

    And we urge you guys to do so as well.

    Get out to a game – even if you reckon your team doesn’t have a chance of winning. Buy a wrist band, even if you’ll never wear it.

    Every cent counts.


    http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/alex-mckinnon-continues-to-inspire/



     
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    Jessica Mauboy, Jai Waetford and Taylor Henderson to Rise For Alex

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    3:04pm Wed 16th July, 2014



    The Hunter Stadium precinct will be transformed this Sunday, as Alex McKinnon returns to Newcastle and watches his Knights teammates take on the Titans for the centrepiece match of the RiseForAlex Round.

    Thanks to Sony Music, Jessica Mauboy, Jai Waetford and Taylor Henderson will all RiseForAlex as they perform as part of the activities at Hunter Stadium and welcome Alex home for the first time since his injury in March this year.

    Jessica Mauboy will be performing several of her hit songs in the entertainment precinct as well as singing the national anthem ahead of kick-off for the Telstra Premiership match.

    “As a Rugby League fan I have watched Alex’s recovery process and I am thrilled to get to perform at such an important occasion,” Jessica Mauboy said.

    “Welcoming Alex home to Newcastle means a lot to the Rugby League community and to Alex, so I feel really special to be a part of it.”

    Also coming down to the precinct will be Knights Ambassadors including Paul Harrogan and Michael Hagan, along with NRL Ambassadors Mario Fenech, Nathan Hindmarsh and Andrew Ryan.

    Fans are urged to get to Hunter Stadium early to take in all of the activities, with the entertainment precinct opening at 11:00am ahead of the Holden Cup kick-off at 11:15am.

    Attendees at the game and across the round will be supporting Alex simply by coming to a game this weekend, with the NRL pledging one dollar from every fan who comes through the gates to the RiseForAlex Fund.

    Knights captain Kurt Gidley said, “The team and all of Newcastle are really looking forward to having Alex home for this match.”

    “Alex is a huge inspiration for all his teammates, but also for our fans, so we can’t wait to have him at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.”

    Activity at the Hunter Stadium entertainment precinct includes:

    • Performances by Jessica Mauboy (1:00pm), Jai Waetford (12:00pm) and Taylor Henderson (12:30pm)

    • Free Rugby League skills clinic

    • Free cheerleading skills clinic

    • Photo booths where fans can share messages of support with Alex

    • Amusement rides including dodgem cars, giant slides and more

    • Face painting and temporary tattooing

    • RiseForAlex wristbands will be available for sale with all proceeds going to the RiseForAlex Fund


    Fans who are unable to attend a game this weekend can still support the RiseForAlex Fund by donating online at www.riseforalex.org.au or sending RiseForAlex in an SMS to 0498 555 555.

    RiseForAlex wristbands can also be purchased at any game this weekend or online at nrl.com.au with free shipping.

    The RiseForAlex Fund will ensure Alex McKinnon has ongoing financial and medical support now and in the future.



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    Here is the front cover of this week's edition of the RLW :)

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    Jaycar Electronics Continues the #RiseforAlex

    David Spaul

    Thu 17th July, 08:15AM


    A challenge has been issued to all major sponsors of NRL Clubs to match the $50,000 donation made today by Bulldogs’ major sponsor Jaycar for this weekend’s fundraising appeal for the #RiseForAlex Fund.

    Jaycar’s latest donation is in addition to the $10,000 they contributed during the Bulldogs own #RiseForAlex fundraiser during Round 8 of the Telstra Premiership and brings the total raised by the wider Bulldogs family to $75,000.

    “I believe this terrible tragedy has shown just how noble human beings can be,” said Gary Johnston, Managing Director of Jaycar Electronics.

    “Alex hasn’t gone into his shell, instead he’s shown some of the best characteristics of human behaviour: nobility and the ability to rise above this affliction.

    "He’s an example to us all in the way he’s coping with his situation and we wish him all the best for a full recovery.

    “If a few dollars can help his recovery then so be it, and I challenge other business people around Australia to find some money to help this young man cope with the rest of his life.”

    Jaycar has also today made a $20,000 donation to support the recovery programme for 15 year old Bulldogs fan Curtis Landers who suffered a serious neck injury while playing for the Forster Tuncurry Hawks earlier this year.

    Bert Gallagher Oval in Gloucester will play host to five rugby league matches as part of a joint fundraiser between the Gloucester Magpies and Forster Tuncurry Hawks for the Curtis Landers Appeal this Saturday.

    Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle has applauded Jaycar’s contributions.

    “Alex McKinnon has had a profound impact on a lot of people and Gary Johnston,

    "CEO of our major sponsor Jaycar, has been particularly moved by his predicament,” Castle said.

    “He’s a very generous person who is keen to make a positive difference to the Rugby League community and I encourage other organisations to take up his challenge to donate to the ‘#RiseForAlex Fund.

    “Importantly, Jaycar has also recognised the challenges facing young Curtis Landers who is in need of support on his journey to recover from a serious neck injury and this donation will be of great help to the Landers family.

    “The Bulldogs are really honoured to be associated with an organisation like Jaycar and everyone at the Club applauds the philanthropy of Gary and his team.”

    Both these donations continue Jaycar’s history of supporting Rugby League players in need of assistance, with the company also contributing through the Men of League Foundation to the support programmes for Alex Walker and Shane Green in their recovery from neck injuries.


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    Sharks RiseForAlex auction

    Thu 17th July, 11:16AM

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    It was a tragic accident when Knights player Alex McKinnon suffered a serious spinal injury in a match against the Melbourne Storm, with his rugby league dreams shattered and his future uncertain.

    However in spite of the devastating setback McKinnon has shown amazing character and courage in the face of adversity.

    Now in support of McKinnon and the on-going medical and rehabilitation costs he is certain to face, the NRL has dedicated round 19 as the RiseForAlex round.

    A range of fundraising activities are planned, with one such initiative seeing $1 from every entry ticket sold at NRL games across the weekend to be donated to the cause.

    Throwing their support behind RiseForAlex the Sharks are also on board, with game day fundraising, a pre-kick off ceremony and other activities planned for Friday night.

    For this week the Sharks have also ‘retired’ the number 16 jersey for this weeks match against the Cowboys in respect to Alex, with 16 being the number he wore when injured.

    In addition to the Chronic Pain Australia logo appearing on the front of the jersey, the Sharks playing strip will also prominently feature RiseForAlex across the back.

    And the Sharks are providing fans a chance to contribute to the RiseForAlex fund while at the same time offering an opportunity to own a unique piece of club memorabilia, with the 17 match-worn jerseys to be auctioned.

    Proceeds from the auction will go to the RiseForAlex fund.

    Skipper Wade Graham’s number 12, the 11 to be worn by Luke Lewis, Andrew Fifita’s number 8 and the 6 jersey of young gun Fa’amanu Brown, so impressive in his short NRL career to date, just an example of some of the jerseys available for you to own.

    The 17 match worn jerseys will be presented to the successful bidders in a specially designed display box.

    Auction is now open, closes 5.00pm next Wednesday, July 23.

    Follow the link, make a bid, join the rugby league community in supporting an outstanding cause and own a unique Sharks memorabilia item.

    CLICK HERE TO MAKE A BID

    NOTE: Also on the same auction link is another unique item and again the proceeds will be going to the RiseForAlex fund.

    The Sharks had last Sunday's game ball from the match against the Knights personally signed by Wayne Bennett after what was his 700[SUP]th[/SUP] game as an NRL coach.

    This special collector’s item is also presented in a special display box.


    http://www.sharks.com.au/news/2014/07/17/sharks_riseforalex_auction.html







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    Inglis to Wear 16 for Mckinnon

    Thu 17th July, 11:25AM

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    Rabbitohs fullback, Greg Inglis, will RiseForAlex tomorrow night (Friday) against the Parramatta Eels by resting his number one jersey and donning the number 16 of Knights forward Alex Mckinnon.

    Inglis, a Test and Origin representative, will honour Mckinnon during the NRL’s RiseForAlex round, by wearing the number worn by the Knight when he sustained a spinal injury in round three.

    Rabbitohs player Jason Clark – originally named in number 16 for the match – will instead wear jumper number 21.

    The NRL’s RiseForAlex round is an initiative designed to provide ongoing financial and medical support to Newcastle Knights forward, Alex McKinnon, who was injured during round 3 of the Telstra Premiership.

    The fund will look to provide support for accessible housing, a vehicle, a wheelchair, physiotherapy and rehabilitation assistance as well as ongoing medical assistance as required.

    To find out more about RiseForAlex including how to donate, please visit:www.riseforalex.org.au/.


    http://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2014/07/17/inglis_to_wear_16_for_mckinnon.html





     
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    #RiseForAlex with us this weekend

    Thu 17th July, 02:00PM

    Make sure you come along to our Round 19 clash with the Penrith Panthers on 19 July so you can join with us as we and all Teams across the NRL join to #RiseForAlex.

    The NRL will donate one dollar to the RiseForAlex Fund for every Fan who attends any match in Round 19. Along with this, the SCG Trust will donate $1 for every Fan at our clash with the Panthers this Saturday afternoon.

    Channel Nine's The Footy Show will also host a telethon during a special broadcast in Newcastle on 17 July, which will be attended by Alex.

    The sale of wristbands at all Round 19 games, plus at the Roosters Team Store, Easts Leagues Club Bondi Junction, and online donations are other ways the rugby league community and the public can contribute towards Alex's ongoing treatment and recovery.

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    Harrison: It Will Be A Moving Moment

    Thu 17th July, 09:00AM

    St George Illawarra Dragons utility Bronson Harrison is focused on facing the table-topping Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Monday.

    The Dragons commenced training for the upcoming fixture having been given several days rest courtesy of the allotted “bye round” and the New Zealand international is pleased with his teammate’s efforts on the training field.

    Harrison concedes that the encounter will additionally be humbling given the match is a component of the Rise For Alex Round and the Club’s association with the former Dragons player.

    “It’s moving for a lot of our players who have played alongside Alex,” said Harrison.

    “It’s sad to see what has happened to him, but it’s good to see the whole NRL community get behind him and help him on his journey.

    “Every person that gets out this weekend and attends a game, the NRL will donate $1 to the Foundation, so it would be nice to see lots of people out at all the games this weekend.


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    Rochow's goal to make Alex proud

    Thu 17th July, 02:00PM

    Robbie Rochow’s driving motivation to play his best football this weekend is to make his teammate proud as the Newcastle Knights and the entire NRL community celebrate theRiseForAlex Round.

    The Knights are ready to face the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday at Hunter Stadium in front of a close to capacity crowd to show support for injured Knight, Alex McKinnon.

    “I’m just happy to be there and hopefully play my best footy and make Alex proud on the day,” the 23 year-old forward told the media on Thursday morning.

    “It is a big week for Alex.

    “It’s highlighted this week how much support he’s going to get, it’s great for him."

    Rochow denies the added emotion will impact on his game and says the team is focused, as it has been since Alex’s injury, on playing it’s best and earning another win.

    “It will be more emotional because we’ll see that on the day and we’ll see how many fans have turned out.

    “I think at the end of the day we have to perform well."

    “We might feel that presence a bit early in the game but once we start playing we’ll be fine,” he assured.

    “It’s been emotional for us for the last few months ever since his injury.

    “It’s no different for me than it has been any other game this year.

    “I’ve felt his (McKinnon’s) presence in every other game that we’ve played.

    Rochow believes the anguish felt immediately following McKinnon’s injury, when his teammates didn’t know how he was, has now passed.

    “It was a lot about the unknown,” he said

    “Now we’ve been around him, we know he’s going to be okay.

    “We know what type of mindset he’s in and we’ve had a chance to speak to him.

    “This week is no different than the last few weeks for me.

    “There’s been a lot of pressure on a lot of games we’ve played recently.

    “I think there’s just a pressure to perform because we want to make Alex proud.

    “And that’s been our mindset ever since he got injured."

    The Knights have maintained momentum, stringing together a third win after they defeated the Sharks in Cronulla last weekend.

    "We’ve felt so much better about ourselves and as a playing group after the last three or four games," Rochow said.

    “We want to keep that going and perform well so we feel better about ourselves and, especially for Alex.

    As one of Alex’s close friends, Rochow is overwhelmed and delighted by the support that has flowed from all corners of the community since his injury.

    “It’s unbelievable.

    “The whole NRL is behind Alex and we’ve seen that through the amount of players that have been getting behind it.

    “Each Club is really doing their part and showing how much they support him.

    “It’s just amazing how much support he’s been getting.

    “I’m just hoping we play well and he enjoys his day and realises how much this town’s behind him and how much we as a playing group are as well."

    Rochow insists the Knights do not underestimate the Titans and expects a challenge despite the side recording just one win in its last eight games.

    “You can't lose that many in a row and not be desperate to win one.

    "It’s going to be like any other week, there’s no pushovers in this comp.”

    Rochow expects the week to mean a lot to Alex, and the experience of returning home to be at the game to be an emotional one.

    “He’s a really strong person but given this situation, I don’t know how he'll feel.

    “I know he’s a strong person, he may shed a tear and get a little bit emotional but he’s going to be there on the day and it’s going to be a great day for him,” he said.

    Buy your ticket for the RiseForAlex game at Hunter Stadium HERE.


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    RiseForAlex Charity Auction

    Thu 17th July, 04:26PM

    Thanks to generous donations from Mick Fanning, Johnathon Thurston, artist Matteo Charles and others we are excited to hold this charity auction to raise funds for Alex McKinnon through the RiseForAlex Fund.

    The RiseForAlex Fund has been independently established to manage donations and offers of support on behalf of Alex and to provide him with ongoing financial and medical support.

    For more information on Alex's incredible journey and the RiseForAlex Fund please visit www.RiseForAlex.org.auStay tuned for other exclusive items to be added, for more opportunities to bid and to help us raise essential funds for Alex.

    CLICK HERE to bid now.


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2014/07/17/riseforalex_charity_auction_.html





     
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    Like other great working-class cities with great sporting histories, Newcastle will rise as one for Alex


    • MATTHEW JOHNS
    • THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    • JULY 18, 2014 12:00AM

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    ON Sunday take the drive up the M1 to Hunter Stadium to RiseForAlex. You won’t regret it.

    Nothing unites people of the Hunter like a great cause and the atmosphere at the ground is going to be electric.

    Gorden Tallis, Paul Kent and myself are taking the road trip together and I’m so excited.

    The town, the people, the team, the ground mean so much to me.And in supporting Alex McKinnon, once again, the team and the city will become one.

    In the face of adversity, that’s what great sporting towns and their teams do. They bind tight.

    The sport, the contest, acts as a vehicle for the coming together of many.

    Take Green Bay, Wisconson and their famous football team the Green Bay Packers.

    In the late 1990s, Hall of fame lineman Reggie White, who was also a Baptist minister, had his own church in Knoxville, Tennessee burnt down by a couple of “Good ol’ boys”.

    Reggie was understandably devastated. Behind the scenes however the people of Green Bay raised funds and travelled to Tennessee to rebuild Reggie’s church.

    The city of Liverpool, England, is famous for two things: a pretty decent rock n’ roll band called the Beatles and Liverpool Football Club.

    April 15, 1989, Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, in an FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest 96 Liverpool fans died and a further 766 are injured as a result of a mistake that led to the over crowding of a caged segregated area.

    It is one of the greatest tragedies in sporting history.The Taylor Inquiry at the time laid a portion of the blame on Liverpool supporters, whose behaviour, the Inquiry said, “Exacerbated the problem.”

    The Inquiry’s findings infuriated the citizens of Liverpool and Liverpool Football Club, who for the next 20 years united in the fight to have the fans on that day cleared of any wrong doing.

    In September 2012, the Hillsborough independent panel concluded that no Liverpool fan, in any way, were responsible for the disaster.

    Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium is a shrine to the people who died at Hillsborough that day, so no one shall forget.

    If you get the chance go to Anfield for a game and hear the Liverpudlians sing, You’ll never walk alone, it will bring a tear to the eye of even a neutral supporter and highlights that for some towns and some people, their team means much more than just sport.

    Towns like Green Bay, Liverpool and Newcastle are so similar, they have great working-class spirit.

    When the city of Newcastle was devastated by the Earthquake of 1989, killing 13 people, injuring 160 and causing an estimated $4 billion in damage, each Knights game in the 1990 season was almost like a public rally.

    The crowds were enormous. Some weeks we’d run out at midday for our under 21s match to be greeted by 25,000 fans who were already in the stadium

    In 1997 the region struggled with the closure of BHP and also many coalmines striking for prolonged periods.


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    Again in times of adversity the home games became the focal points of the community spirit.As we headed toward the Finals, the fans became our 14th man.

    As we headed back into Newcastle after our Grand Final win 30,000 people were waiting for us at the exit off the freeway, and upwards of 100,000 in the town centre.



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    It’s been a tough year for the Knights, the tragic accident to Alex McKinnon, the jailing of Russell Packer, the financial collapse of owner Nathan Tinkler and last week the announcement that coach Wayne Bennett will be heading elsewhere in 2015.

    Add to the list the disconnection with the local community which has eroded over the last number of years.

    But I sense the storm clouds are shifting.

    After Wayne’s announcement, a weight seemed lifted off the players’ shoulders.

    Last weekend the team played with a greater sense of freedom and daring.

    The talk has shifted from avoiding the Wooden Spoon to making a run at the finals.

    And on top of that, Knights CEO Matt Gidley, made a statement that tells me the club is headed in the right direction:

    “A key criteria in selecting the next Knights coach would be the candidate’s knowledge of Newcastle.”



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    There is an urgency to reconnect with the community. You beauty!

    This week the community and the club once again unite, this time for local Aberdeen boy, Alex McKinnon.

    Travel to the game on Sunday and be part of the 14th man.

    Make sure you buy this Saturday’s Daily Telegraph, $1 from every sale will be donated to the RiseForAlex Fund.

    Thanks to our partners FoxSports and Crown Resorts Foundation.


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    Jarryd Hayne will auction a playing jersey and boots in support of Curtis Landers


    • DAVID RICCIO
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    • JULY 18, 2014 12:00AM

    ON the same weekend that the rugby league community unites to Rise For Alex, Parramatta’s Jarryd Hayne is planning to Rise for Curtis.

    In a wonderful gesture for young Port Macquarie rugby league player Curtis Landers, Hayne will auction his Eels playing jersey and signature boots from Friday night’s crucial clash with South Sydney in an attempt to financially assist the teenager’s own bid to walk again.

    Landers, 15, suffered spinal injuries after making a tackle during a match for Port Macquarie last May.

    And while this weekend’s round is all about aiding McKinnon’s recovery, Hayne wants to let young Curtis know — he’s not alone.

    “This is a way to try and help Curtis and his family out,’’ Hayne said.

    “It’s obviously been tough on the family so we’re more than happy to try and play our little role to help them out with the medical bills.

    “Alex’s injury has raised a lot of awareness and educates, even myself, about the extent of these kind of injuries that can happen, as we’ve also seen with Curtis.

    “I’ve heard a lot about Curtis through Hodko (Trent Hodkinson) during Origin camp and I hope by raising a few dollars this can help out in some small way.’’


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    Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett lost interest in rugby league after Alex McKinnon injury


    • NATHAN RYAN
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    • JULY 18, 2014 12:00AM

    NEWCASTLE coach Wayne Bennett has revealed he lost interest in rugby league following the devastating injury to Alex McKinnon.

    McKinnon suffered a severe spinal injury against Melbourne in round three which has him confined to a wheelchair.

    According to seven-time premiership winning coach, who shares a close bond with the 22-year-old, it was the “toughest” moment of his career.

    “I wasn’t interested in football for a couple of weeks,” Bennett revealed on Channel Nine’s Footy Show.

    “I didn’t care whether we won or lost.

    "I cared about the players but not the result. Football was still important to me but it wasn’t that important.”

    On the weekend, Bennett, 64, celebrated his 700th game as a coach in the NRL, a feat never reached before and unlikely to ever be matched.

    The milestone came just days after he announced he will depart the Knights at the end of the season and, while he failed to deliver a premiership to the Hunter, Bennett says they achieved something much greater.

    “We haven’t won a premiership here but the thing I’m proudest about at the Knights is how we’ve handled it this year,” he said.

    “The club has been outstanding. No one is prepared for that or gone through that, in my history of coaching anyway, and I think the club’s been wonderful.

    "I’m really proud of that and the fans for supporting it.”

    Bennett first met McKinnon when the Aberdeen junior was just 16 years old and playing in St George Illawarra’s lower grades.

    “I liked his style and the way he carried himself,” Bennett said of his affection for McKinnon.

    “I thought he was an outstanding young man and he still is.

    "He’s shown us just how outstanding he is. I’m really proud of him.”

    Such is McKinnon’s selfless nature, Bennett revealed that as the player was being loaded into the back of an ambulance at AAMI Park after the incident:

    “(Alex) apologised to me for not being able to play.”


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    Hasler Applauds #RiseForAlex

    Thu 17th July, 04:48PM

    Head Coach Des Hasler has applauded the game for what will be an amazing weekend.

    This week will see the rugby league community come together and support Alex Mckinnon in his efforts to continue his rehabilitation from the injury he suffered in round 3.

    “It’s a great weekend ahead and the way the players and the NRL have come together to support such an event will make for a special weekend,” said Hasler.

    The Bulldogs have made a huge contribution to the RiseForAlex fund when they donated $25,000 in round 8 and this week the donations have continued with the Bulldogs major sponsor Jaycar donating $50,000 to the fund.

    “Weekend’s like this galvanise everyone, especially someone like Gary Johnston who is the owner of Jaycar to donate $50,000 this week and $10,000 back in round 8, just goes to show what impact Alex has had on the community,” said Halser.


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    Rise for Alex

    Fri 18th July, 09:51AM

    The iSelect Titans know they will walk into a cauldron at Hunter Stadium on Sunday but it hasn't stopped our boys getting right behind the Rise for Alex campaign which has united the whole rugby league community.

    A dollar from every ticket sold to matches this weekend will go towards a fund to assist the former Knights player who has shown great character and courage since his terrible on-field accident and Rise for Alex wrist bands will be on sale.

    The Titans may be away during the round 19 Rise for Alex round but we will still have some activities and the wrist bands, displayed here by our co-captains Nate Myles and Greg Bird, on sale during our next home game against the Parramatta Eels on Saturday July 26.

    You can donate to the RiseForAlex Fund by sending an SMS message to 0498 555 555 with your donation amount or online via www.riseforalex.org.au.


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    Cameron Smith to wear #16

    Thu 17th July, 05:07PM

    Melbourne Captain Cameron Smith will wear the number 16 jersey this weekend as part of RiseForAlex Round when Storm play the Raiders at AAMI Park on Saturday evening.

    Round 19 is RiseForAlex Round across the NRL with the rugby league community throwing their support behind the initiative which will provide financial and medical support to Alex McKinnon.

    For more on RiseForAlex Round, click here.



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    WIRE4U Support RiseForAlex

    Thu 17th July, 06:00PM

    Dyldam Parramatta Eels partner Wire4U have generously offered to donate $100 for every try the Eels score this weekend to the RiseForAlex Fund.

    And if the Eels win against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in tomorrow night's clash, Wire4U will donate another $500 to the RiseForAlex Fund.

    Remember that the NRL will also donate $1 for every dan who attends any NRL match on the weekend to the Fund, including the Eels v Rabbitohs in Friday night footy.

    Click through to buy your tickets and join us as we #RiseForAlex.


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    Merrin Rise For Alex Boot Auction

    Fri 18th July, 11:00AM

    St George Illawarra Dragons lock Trent Merrin is proudly leading the pack by auctioning off his 100th first-grade milestone worn boots to help raise money for the Rise For Alex Fund.

    The NSW Blues representative has personally signed each boot which will both be individually framed and auctioned separately with a starting reserve of $150 each.

    The auction will commence on at 5.00pm on Friday, July 18 and conclude at 9.00pm on Tuesday, July 22.

    Click here to make a bid for your chance to own one of two Trent Merrin 100th first-grade milestone worn boots!


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    Steggles Charity Nest donates 20K to #RiseForAlex Fund

    Fri 18th July, 12:00PM

    In support of the ‘Rise For Alex Round’, the Sydney Roosters and our proud major partner, Steggles are excited to announce that the Steggles Roosters Charity Nest has donated $20,000 towards the ‘Rise for Alex Fund’.

    During last night’s telethon during The Footy Show on Channel Nine, management of Steggles and the Roosters made the call in donating the funds towards this great cause resulting in one of the most significant donations for the ‘Rise To Alex Fund’ to date.

    The Steggles Roosters Charity Nest is used to hitting new records with the partnership hitting the ‘$1 Million Dollar Milestone’ during the 2013 season which also saw a record breaking year for monies donated since it’s inception in 2010.

    A further $221,251 has been raised during the 2014 at the half way point of the Season with the Charity Nest currently sitting at $1,645,817.

    The Charity Nest sees Steggles, major sponsor of the Sydney Roosters, donate $1000 for every point the Roosters beat the opposition by, while the Roosters contribute $250 per point. In addition, the Sydney Roosters contribute a further $1,000 for each win by their under 20s Holden Cup team.

    The selected children’s charities benefiting from the continued on field success of the Club include Children’s Hospital Foundation, Brisbane, Children’s Cancer Institute Australia, Lifestart, Roosters Reach Out Program and the 2014 Charity of Choice – KidsXpress Life.

    The Sydney Roosters and Steggles would like to take this opportunity to ask Roosters fans to help support the ‘Rise For Alex Fund’ by purchasing a wristband for $2 at the designated collection buckets located around the ground.”

    The Sydney Roosters and proud partner Steggles would like to thank Roosters fans for their support and contributions towards the Steggles Roosters Charity Nest and ‘Rise For Alex Fund’.


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    #RiseForAlex | $20,000 pledged

    Richard Becht

    Thu 17th July, 08:59PM


    Vodafone Warriors owners Eric Watson and Sir Owen Glenn, the players and the club have pledged a total of $20,000 to support the #RiseForAlex Round launched this week.

    A huge schedule of activities promoting the cause is spread across this week’s 19[SUP]th[/SUP]-round matches and will continue next week with the Vodafone Warriors planning initiatives leading up to and on game day against Manly at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, July 27 (4.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Suzuki).

    Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said the club was committed to doing all it could to support injured Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon.

    “It’s an opportunity for the whole community to get in behind the #RiseForAlex cause,” he said.

    “With support from our owners, the board and our players we’ve been able to make an initial donation of $20,000 and are looking to raise more through the #RiseForAlex wristbands as well as a collection when we play Manly next week.”

    Vodafone Warriors players have been promoting the #RiseForAlex wristbands since last week when veteran winger Manu Vatuvei and centre Konrad Hurrell were among the first NRL players to post selfies wearing the wristbands.

    Many more players’ shots have followed including an image posted by Chad Townsend of the players after a pool recovery session.

    Townsend has a special link with McKinnon.

    They were not only NYC rivals for Cronulla and St George Illawarra but were also team-mates for the Junior Kangaroos’ one-off international against the Junior Kiwis in Newcastle in 2011.

    Townsend and David Fusitu’a both acknowledged #RiseForAlex by pointing to their wrists in their post-try celebrations during the Vodafone Warriors’ 48-0 win against Parramatta last Saturday night.

    In another visible sign of support hooker Nathan Friend will wear customised #RiseForAlex headgear which he is auctioning for the fund.

    Vodafone Warriors members and fans attending the team’s clash against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday will automatically aid the cause; a dollar from every ticket sold at all eight 19[SUP]th[/SUP]-round matches going to the #RiseForAlex Fund.

    The wristbands - $2 each – will be available at all grounds across this week’s round and will also be on sale at the Vodafone Warriors’ home encounter with Manly.

    Fans can also buy the wristbands at the club’s headquarters at Mount Smart Stadium on by going online at www.nrlshop.com

    For the 20[SUP]th[/SUP]-round clash at Mount Smart Stadium the Vodafone Warriors will share funds raised on a 50-50 basis with the New Zealand Spinal Trust.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT #RiseForAlex


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