For a lot of socially isolated people over the age of 65 with pets, one of the more disturbing issues is what happens to their beloved animal when they are gone.

Many of them often have no family or other support networks that can look after their pets while they are away - this is where RSPCA Pets of Older Persons program come in.

More commonly known as POOPs, volunteers of this program will provide foster care and boarding services to these animals or find them new homes after their previous owners have passed or are in respite or hospital.

Long-time supporters of the RSPCA and POOPs, the Canterbury Bulldogs Rugby League Club and Canterbury League Club have contributed another $10,000 through their 2013 ClubGRANTS NSW scheme.

Since 2010 this joint partnership has seen more than $40,000 donated which has been used to help fund POOPs as well as other RSPCA programs.

“It is great that we can show our continual support to the RSPCA because they do such important work in our community. Their POOPs program ensure animals are placed with older people who really appreciate the companionship a loyal pet can offer,” said Dr George Peponis OAM.

For donations or further information about the POOPs progrm, please click here


Letting Kids Be Kids

Canterbury Leagues Club is excited to partner with Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation by donating $10 000 to them through the ClubGrants Scheme. This grant will help fund programs and two-day camps free of charge to children living in families where a parent is affected by mental illness.

Camps are held five times a year and provide these children a respite from being a primary carer at home as well as being a safe environment to meet others in similar situations. Asides from that, Kookaburra Kids also offer counselling, advice and mental health education programs in conjunction with fun-filled activities to provide a much needed break. 

“We are proud to support such a commendable organisation that helps children cope with difficult family situations. This initiative will hopefully offer these kids an unforgettable and positive experience in their lives,” said Dr George Peponis OAM.


Canterbury Supports coast for the homeless

Canterbury is proud to support the Order of Malta with their ‘Coats for the Homeless’ program by donating $2,000.

Every day, almost 20,000 homeless Australian’s are sleeping rough on the streets of our cities and towns. Half of the homeless seeking accommodation are turned away, leaving them exposed not only to the cold, but other dangers as well. In response to these needs that the ‘Coats for the Homeless’ program started over ten years ago.

A unique hooded coat has been designed by the homeless, for the homeless. It is shower-proof, quilted and warm, portable and mobile, making it easy to wear, carry or stow.

“Coats for the Homeless is a worthy cause and we are pleased to be able to support the Order of Malta with its humanitarian aid work. Our donation will buy 60 specifically designed, warm, shower-proof coats” Said Dr. George Peponis OAM.

Homeless Tanya (wearing the specially designed Coat) was made homeless due to housing affordability. Picture by Dione Davidson The West Australian


Canterbury General Manager Security & Surveillance Greg Swiderski has been representing the Club in the Max Potential Program – a 22 week personal leadership program designed to develop young leaders from schools in the local community.
Coaches and participants discover their ability to lead their own lives effectively, to lead others in a team, and to make a difference in their community.
Greg has been mentoring Leith Sawalha, a year 11 student from Kingsgrove North High School who is running a Greener, Better school project. Leith’s aim is to leave a legacy at Kingsgrove North by planting trees around the school with the aim of providing shade for students, stop balls from being kicked out on the road and beautify the school.

A special thanks to The Campsie Liquor Accord (which Canterbury are members of) for their kind $2,000 donation to kick off the 2014 Max Potential Youth Program.

Left to Right: Greg Swiderski (Canterbury General Manager Security & Surveillance, Leith Sawalha, Dave Brace (Canterbury CEO), Brian Robson (Mayor of Canterbury).


 Canterbury has been proudly supporting St Basil's Homes to improve the lives of their elderly residents through the ClubGrants scheme. This month Canterbury has pledged $50,000 to fund two worthy projects. This financial support will fund the St Basil’s Men’s Shed & Nursing Home Lifestyle project.  The funds will allow St Basil’s to support the appointment of a Part Time Coordinator to oversee the running of the Men’s Shed, as well as the ongoing program costs. It will also aim to improve the quality of life of residents focussing on the development of programs and improvement of premises both indoor and out.
In 2012, Canterbury donated $50,000 which contributed towards the purchase of a bus with wheelchair lifter to enable residents in wheelchairs to go on outings and the establishment of the Men's Shed. “Canterbury are pleased to be able to support St Basil’s through our ClubGrants Scheme and to help make a difference to the lives of the residents living in the home” said Dr. George Peponis OAM.



Canterbury League Club has partnered with training organisation The Business Concierge to deliver their Survivor Life Skills program into schools in the Canterbury area.

This Survivor program focusses on providing students with the life skills that they will need in order to avoid getting themselves into trouble as they move from school into the real world.

The course covers 60 topics including getting a drivers licence, buying a car, getting a job, travelling safely, setting life goals, being a smart banker, being a responsible mobile phone owner and keeping a debt list.

“Providing local youth with opportunities to succeed in life has always been important for the Canterbury group, be it on the sporting field, employment in one of our clubs or in the classroom as part of our community support program. We are proud to partner with The Business Concierge to deliver their Survivor Life Skills program to local schools” said Dr. George Peponis, Chairman of Canterbury League Club.



The brainchild of former Canterbury forward Corey Payne, the Future Direction Network (FDN) was set up to provide scholarships and mentoring programs to young people in South Western Sydney.

On 3 April, Canterbury hosted a presentation attended by NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to present the first ever recipients with their scholarships.

"Education is important and we are proud to be able to support such a worthy cause" said Dr. George Peponis OAM.

Canterbury is supporting FDN through the ClubGRANTS program by providing $12,000 to fund two scholarships.



Rugby League celebrated Harmony Day the 'Hazem El Masri' way this year on Saturday 23 March at Parry Park, Punchbowl. Canterbury League Club not only provided a $5,000 donation to assist with the running of the event but a dedicated group of staff members participated in the OzTag competition.

Despite coming together at late notice and never having played together until the morning of the event, the team performed wonderfully well and only narrowly missed the finals. Along with the OzTag competition the day featured rides, food stalls, children's activities and cultural performances. Well done Hazem on a fantastic initiative.


canterbury supports time4kids

On Thursday 11 April the foyer of Canterbury was turned into a temporary jail cell. But before you think anything sinister, this penitentiary was for a good cause with local businessmen and celebrities volunteering to be locked up by the local Police to raise money for the Belmore Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC).

Once inside the only way to get out of jail was to have someone post ‘bail’. Amongst the volunteers locked up  on the day was our very own CEO Dave Brace, Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg and Packed to the Rafters Star George Houvardos (Carbo).

The day was a huge success with $5,500 raised.

Click here to view photos from the day.



Canterbury recently received a visit from The Leukaemia Foundation to thank us for our donation of $7,800 towards a new Courtesy Transport Vehicle. These vehicles, driven by volunteers, are used to transport patients to and from hospital during their treatment.

We also took some time out during the Bulldogs v Eels match to donate a signed Bulldogs Jersey to prolific Shave for a Cure fundraiser Catherine O'Keefe, who raised more than $25,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation through her hairdressing salon.


The Central Coast was buzzing in January and Bay Sports was the place to be.

The annual Bulldogs at the Bay event was a huge hit with the locals who got to meet their heroes from the 2013 Bulldogs Squad, grab an autograph, take photos  and wish the players the best for the 2013 season.

New recruit Tony Williams was very popular with the locals, as were Ben Barba, Des Hasler and Bay Sports Ambassador Aiden Tolman. "Coming to the Bay has become an annual tradition and we look forward to getting the opportunity to meet our Central Coast fans each year" said Tolman.

It was a great occassion for Bay Sports, the Bulldogs and the Central Coast Community.

To view photos from the day click here
To view footage from the day click here


belmore south entertains at canterbury

On Monday 10 December members, guests and staff of Canterbury were entertained by the young students of Belmore South Public School. Students of the fledgling school band and the school choir performed at the front of the Club with a selection of well-known Australian 'songs of celebration'.

After a fabulous performance , Canterbury League Club Director and Bulldogs Legend Steve Mortimer presented on behalf of the League Club a cheque for $500 to Belmore South Public School Principal Karen Mortimer (no relation). Steve thanked the children for their performance  and spoke of the importance of children coming together to work as a team. Karen explained to the crowd that the donation from Canterbury will go towards the school's Performing Arts program, which is expanding in 2013.


Canterbury League Club and the Bulldogs have donated $38,000 to Canterbury Hospital.

The cheque was presented to Canterbury Hospital General Manager, Ann Kelly by Club President George Peponis, Club Director and Bulldogs Chairman Ray Dib and Bulldogs Ambassador Brett Kimmorley.

"Canterbury Hospital is a vital part of the local community and we are proud to be able to support them wherever we can." Said President George Peponis. "We look forward to this being the start of a fantastic relationship between the League Club, the Bulldogs and the Hospital". The money will be used to replace ageing ventilator equipment in the Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

After the presentation George, Ray and Brett spent some time meeting with Hospital staff and some of the young patients in the children's ward.

Ray Dib, Brett Kimmorley and George Peponis presenting the cheque to Anne Kelly

Max Potential Toy Drive

Canterbury League Club Executive Manager George Cocokios has been representing the Club in The Max Potential program - a 22 week personal leadership program designed to develop young leaders from schools in the local community.

Coaches and participants discover their ability to lead their own lives effectively, to lead others in a team and to make a difference in their community.

George mentored Tommy, a year 12 Kingsgrove North High School student who identified as part of his community project a need to run a Toy Drive for Canterbury Hospital. Tommy's aim was to bring a smile to the young children by providing toys and books to those who find themselves in hospital battling illness.

George says "As a coach, Max Potential was rewarding to me on both a professional and personal level."

Tommy, George and Canterbury Hospital Staff

Bulldogs Visit to Papua New Guinea a hit with the locals

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs visited the Papua New Guinea province of New Guinea province of New Ireland recently for a week of school rugby league clinics and community work. The contingent consisted of both NRL and NYC players, Bulldogs admin and coaching staff, ARLD Officers and an Australian College of Physical Education student who joined for the experience.

The group was welcomed by a screaming mob of supporters at Kavieng Airport who were excited to see their heroes in the flesh. The Bulldogs were the first NRL club to visit the province and they now know what it means to be a celebrity. Politicians Ben Mical and Sir Julius Chan promised that the Bulldogs would be asked to assist with future community projects.

The Bulldogs watched the local Kaviend grand final and spotted talent in both the U21s and open divisions. The crowd grew knowing the Bulldogs were in attendance and seemed to creep closer and closer to the sidelines and makeshift corporate area. The game finished in darkness and the group had its first taste of how things are done in 'PNG time'.

The Bulldogs visited both the Lemakot and Taskul Health Clinics in the following days working on repainting the Lemakot facilities blue and white. They also assisted in repairing and installing fly screens, guttering and rain water tanks at Taskul. The basic health services were certainly an eye opener for all with birthday wards the basic four walls and a bed for expectant mums, no air conditioning or pain reducing drugs and limited lighting at night.

In all over 12 schools had visits from the Bulldogs and on each occasion were met with smiling faces and eager students keen to listen, pass and kick a footy with the players. With footy fields mowed from bushland and classes suspended for the day visits were highlights for the students who relished the once in a life time chance to get close to their idols.

It was not all hard work as opportunities to visit the magnificent islands off the mainland were eagerly sort. Lobsters,mud crabs and oysters was the daily staple diet and when a ham and cheese and tomato toasted sandwich cost more than a grilled half lobster at a resort restaurant you know you are in seafood heaven! For some reason the pineapples were sweeter and juicier too.

The Bulldogs donated jerseys, posters and merchandise to schools for distribution and player's training gear were eagerly sort by all. Jaycar and Harvey Norman provided much needed equipment to Australian Doctors International to assist with their health patrols to far flung villages, whose only access to a doctor is on such 3 monthly visits.

The response from both the Bulldogs and local New Ireland community was outstanding with both keen for a return in 2013. The locals embraced the visit and took every opportunity to say hello, get their shirt signed and get in a photo, even if it was with a Welfare or Event Manager.