RUGBY LEAGUE: This week some of the greatest legends of rugby league will descend on the Whitsundays.
Spreading their time around the community for a number of events, the main event will be an action-packed day of matches at Denison Park in Bowen on Saturday featuring the Australian All Stars against the Whitsunday All Stars.
The Legends of League will visit local schools, attend a special bowls day and cocktail function and it's all in the aim of spreading the cheer in the cyclone hit region.
Scott Prince will headline the Australian All Stars on Saturday night alongside the likes of Petero Civoniceva, John Hopoate, Nathan Blacklock, Kevin Campion, PJ Marsh and many more, against a host of Whitsundays' former footy battlers.
Prince is a legend of the sport, having played 300 NRL games as well as representing the Maroons and Kangaroos.
Having only recently joined the Legends of League organisation, which puts on regional events across Australia to give back to the community, he said it was an occasion not to be missed.
"It's a great opportunity not only to give back to the community and raise some money but also to mingle with the legends of the game," he said.
"It's an honour for me and a good laugh as well. We have fun times on and off the field. Overall it's great to get out in the community.
"It's also our chance to showcase the game of rugby league."
Prince said it wasn't until after he retired in 2013 that he was really able to step back and see the impact the game had on people across the country.
While the players won't exactly be in their prime, Prince said he still trained most days and kept fit playing touch football.
Prince said he couldn't imagine what some people must be going through after Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie. "To have the opportunity to help raise some funds, to go and spend some time with them, have a beer, to take their mind off things for even for an hour or two, if we can help, we will," he said.
"It's just about sending positive messages through the community, with school visits and things like that, putting smiles on children's faces, even adults in those true hard times."
The free event kicks off with the first game at 9.30am on Saturday at Denison Park, Bowen, with the All Stars match at 7.30pm.
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