MC Andrew O'Brien and former NRL star Ben Ross at a Chinchilla Men of League Dinner.
MC Andrew O'Brien and former NRL star Ben Ross at a Chinchilla Men of League Dinner. Hayden Smith

Men of League lend helping hand

BEN Ross is all too familiar with the peaks and troughs of life in the sporting world.

From NRL premiership glory in 2003, to a horrific and career threatening neck injury in 2009, the Chinchilla-born athlete has experienced it all.

Now, having retired from the game, Mr Ross is giving back to those in the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times.

The 34-year-old is the welfare manager for the Men of League Foundation.

Just as the Men of League supported him when his career seemed over, Mr Ross ensures that help is given to those who need it most.

"I went through immense pain and heartache after I broke my neck," he said.

"Helping people has become a real passion of mine."

Mr Ross and Men of League Queensland manager Frank Barrett were guest speakers at a dinner held at Chinchilla's Bulldog Park.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness for the foundation, and spread its message across the region, a renowned rugby league heartland.

It's not only players who benefit from the work undertaken by the Men of League Foundation.

"We paid $18,000 to help a lady who needed to have her leg amputated," Mr Ross said.

"We helped because she was a volunteer, and it only cost her $20 in membership."

Chinchilla Bulldogs life member Peter Kuhl described the Men of League as a "wonderful initiative".

"I didn't know much about them until now, but it's truly great how much they help people," he said.

"There are plenty of people involved with the game who need support."

It had been several years since Mr Ross was last in Chinchilla, and he said he was glad to return to the region.

For more information on becoming involved with the Men of League Foundation, visit www.menofleague.com


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