Charity Partners

Rugby Business Network Charity Partners

The Rugby Business Network is the largest and most successful business network in the world for people with a passion for rugby. Our members help each other at networking events all over the world and also help each other online through our LinkedIn Group called The Rugby Business Network.When rugby people help each other in life or in business the business benefits of doing so make it much easier for them to justify investing their time and money back into the game and that is what this is all about; helping each other and helping the game of rugby. The RBN is a fantastic vehicle for people with similar values and mindsets and similar senses of humour to help each other with advice, deals, jobs, suppliers, tickets, accommodation, eduction, events or rugby related charities.We have many of the world's top rugby players, coaches and business leaders speak at our events for free, the venues are laid on for free by supportive companies, the organising committees work for free and the people who attend the networking events start with the words 'How could I help you?' not 'What can you do for me?' We are sponsored by Marriott globally who pay for people to support the event organisers around the world and we couldn't do this without them either.

The award winning HITZ programme tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today - unemployment, crime and disillusionment. Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon, HITZ uses rugby to increase young peoples resilience, self-reliance and confidence. It gives them the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. HITZ gives those with no hope new hope.

School of Hard Knocks is a social inclusion charity which runs courses that use sport to tackle the issues surrounding unemployment, antisocial behaviour, crime and health. The charity has an expert team of coaches and mentors and is supported by a wide range of high profile individuals from within and outside sport. Our work has been documented five times by Sky Sports since 2007 and has grown into one of the most effective and high profile courses in the UK, working with some of the most hard to reach individuals in our society.

We run courses nationwide, using our unique programme of challenging activities and values-based lessons to help participants take positive steps forward in their lives. We teach responsibility, motivation, teamwork, respect and discipline, all of which allow individuals to take responsibility for their actions and context. Our programmes are delivered to young children, teenagers and adults, with extra skills-based lessons tailored to the participants and their requirements.

The driving forces behind Wings for Life are the two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and the founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz. In 2003, Kinigadner's son Hannes had a tragic accident which left him tetraplegic.

Moved by the dreadful injury, Kinigadner and Mateschitz invited leading scientists from across the world to come to Salzburg. It soon became clear that, contrary to common opinion, there is legitimate reason to hope that traumatic spinal cord injury can be cured. Ground-breaking discoveries made by Prof. Dr. Sam David in 1981 and by Prof. Dr. Martin Schwab in the early 1990s showed that injured nerve cells in the spinal cord are capable of regeneration after specific types of treatment.

Kinigadner and Mateschitz soon realised that research into spinal cord injury was underfunded. Paralysis is not considered a widespread condition and therefore investing millions in research to help a relatively small number of people was generally considered an unprofitable endeavour.

This realisation prompted Kinigadner and Mateschitz to set up the Wings for Life research foundation - with the goal of finding ways to cure all people affected.

The Primary Club's launch of its "alliance" with the Rugby community via the Cauliflower Club was held at Sheraton on the Park Grand Ballroom, Elizabeth Street, Sydney on Monday 12th November.

The Primary Club of Australia is a registered charity founded in 1974 whose fundamental aim is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and exhilaration that comes from any form of physical activity. Money is raised through an annual subscription along with "fines" paid by our members (as an optional donation) for every primary scored by an Australian player in test matches, one-day and twenty20 internationals during the previous year. Funds are then made available to other registered charities to enable the purchase of sporting and recreational equipment and facilities for people with disabilities. More than $4 million has been raised to date (over $7 million in 2012 dollars).

Cauliflower Club
Bhubesi Pride

Bhubesi Pride assembles highly qualified, multi-national teams of coaching staff to drive through Africa on annual six-month expeditions, supporting rugby and community development.

The charity's volunteers coach in schools and communities in ten African countries between February and July, and work alongside supporting NGOs, national rugby unions, government departments, British & International schools and a range of sponsors.

With a diverse network spanning rugby and business, Bhubesi Pride now hosts corporate staff at every management level on leadership development and team building trips, joining the team on the ground, engaging in appropriate business activities and backing up the experience with one-on-one mentoring in the boardroom, giving this unique opportunity added robustness.

Submit a form today: http://rugbyinafrica.org/about/apply-to-join-us/

Our aim is to provide advice, support, relief and/or treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability which has arisen from any cause, but in particular from participation in or training for any sport, sporting activity or other form of physical education or recreation. We mainly assist people who have received such injuries in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland but that does not preclude us from helping those in other parts of the World who need urgent assistance.

We assist individuals by offering direct grants or by paying into existing and future funds to assist with equipment, technology or just every-day expenses. We also assist organisations and institutions whose aims are similar to our own and who also provide relief and treatment to those who have suffered injuries as described above. Through Matt Hampson, the Foundation is also able to offer mentoring, friendship and education. Very often a chat with somebody such as Matt who has been through it, 'got the t-shirt' and overcome many issues himself is the best assistance that injured personnel can get. Matt's educational visits to schools and clubs provide understanding and can be extremely motivational to those who hear him talk about his experiences and his zest for life. If you would like to know more about the Foundation, its aims or you would like to know more about Matt's educational visits, contact info@hambo.co.uk for further details.

Matt Hampson Foundation
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Touraid establishes sustainable relationships between UK schools and clubs with similar organisations around the world that support disadvantaged children. Since 2006, 56 tours to the UK for over 880 children (aged 11-13) from 28 countries have been facilitated and we pride ourselves as being able to respond to the needs of each community through the tour legacy.

We strive to ensure all the children have pathways in Education, Youth Leadership and Rugby on their return to adulthood. The impact of the tours creates role models, changes aspirations and grows confidence, esteem and self-respect. UK children also gain a better understanding and empathy of the challenges facing the lives of disadvantaged children from developing countries.

At the turn of the millennium, Serge discovered to his amazement that Rugby was being played in Cameroon. This was the perfect opportunity for Serge to give back something to his native country, through rugby. He liaised with his cousin Ahmed Atiback, who was still living in Cameroon and they created the charity on 4th March 2004.

The charity began its work under the name of Les Enfants de Biemassy, as a project to increase the popularity of rugby for disadvantaged children in Cameroon. The organisation was subsequently renamed the Serge Betsen Academy, as its scope widened. The Charity now uses the game as a method for social integration, offering access to education as well as basic healthcare for hundreds of underprivileged children, in urban and rural Cameroon.

Serge Betsen Academy
Ben Kende Foundation

The Ben Kende Foundation was informally created in early 2011 by friends and teachers of young athlete Ben Kende and the local rugby and medical communities. It was set up in Hong Kong and another entity was created in the same year in Australia, where Ben undertook his rehabilitation program and is now attending university.

Inspired by Ben's courage and determination; BKF's mission is to raise funds for equipment and research necessary to establish vital rehabilitation services in Hong Kong in addition to spearheading efforts to establish disabled access as a basic right of all Hong Kong people.

Help for Heroes offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country. This is provided through grants to individuals, other Service charities, capital build projects and our four Recovery Centres across the UK which will offer support for life. The money raised by the hugely generous public has been used to support our wounded, but there is still so much more to do. Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support tomorrow and in the days that follow, for the rest of their lives. They are still battling and we won't let them battle alone.

Help for Heroes
Chris Burger Petro Jackson Player's Fund

The Players' Fund is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) as well as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and is therefore totally dependent on money raised, an annual grant from SA Rugby and donations from corporates and individuals.

Successful and popular fundraising events such as a golf day with the DHL Stormers and a banquet called the Night of the Stars which is attended by the entire Springbok squad, are regular events in the fundraising calendar. One-off fundraisers like the hugely successful recipe book, Springbok Kitchen, which showcases the favourite recipes of 40 current and former Springboks, also swell the coffers of the Fund. The Fund continually looks for new and innovative ways to raise funds.

Restart is the official charity of The Rugby Players Association (RPA). Formerly known as The RPA Benevolent Fund, Restart was founded in 2001 to support professional players forced to retire through illness or injury.

We provide financial and practical support to players and their families during difficult times, including help with the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation equipment, counselling, education and career transition. Restart is also there when players need emotional support in coming to terms with losing the game they love.

Restart is a Registered Charity No.1113160 that is funded entirely through voluntary donations and fundraising activity. We rely on the support of businesses, rugby supporters and the players themselves to raise funds each year for those in need. A considerable amount of pro bono support is given by The RPA, including staff time, office space and fundraising opportunities at high-profile commercial events.

Restart
SOS Kit

SOS Kit Aid was founded by rugby dad, John Broadfoot, during a visit to Romania. The sight of a smiling eight-year-old boy running with the ball under one arm whilst he used the other to hold up his shorts made him want to do something about it.

He knew that his sons had several pairs of boots and shirts lying around at home. So to test out the potential, John collected kit from ten schools to see how much was available on a wider scale. The test was an outstanding success both in terms of quantity and quality of kit, which resulted in the International Rugby Board (IRB) endorsing and funding the expansion to over 1,000 schools and clubs.

With the support of the IRB, kit has been donated by schools, clubs and kit manufacturers across the UK, with an estimated value of over €3.5million delivered to date. Over 135,000 youngsters in 20 developing countries in Eastern Europe, Africa and the South Seas have received quality used and new kit, and there are a further 59 countries on the waiting list.

The key idea of John's initiative is to give young people the opportunity to play and enjoy sport, whilst also making use of kit that would otherwise become environmentally damaging waste. The programme has saved over 500 tonnes of environmentally damaging CO2 emissions to date.

SOS Kit Aid is supported by the World Rugby, formerly the International Rugby Board (IRB)

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