Help by the truckload
FORMER Canberra Raider turned Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles rugby league coach Adam Mogg, has pledged his backing in support of the Central Queensland flood relief with three shipping containers enroute to Emerald full of supplies to help flood victims.
All going well, the containers should arrive in town on the back of a truck by Thursday or Friday this week, complete with goods ranging from fridges and furniture to kids’ toys and microwaves.
“It’s been a great response - really, really positive,” Mogg said.
“Everybody has been chipping in.”
Asked why he chose Emerald as his recipient town out of an entire state gripped by flooding, the obvious answer would have been Mogg’s local connection to former Queensland State of Origin team-mate Steven Bell.
But the former centre said he also genuinely felt for regional communities isolated from the south-east distribution corner.
“We made the decision because it was one of the furthest flood-hit towns away – one of the hardest to service,” he said.
The softly spoken Mogg said it was the least he and his community could do given the circumstances and he was disappointed he would not be able to personally deliver the goods.
“I’d love to be there (Emerald) but unfortunately I just can’t because of my coaching commitments and that down here,” Mogg said.
Earlier this month, he impressed flood relief authorities with his can-do attitude as he sought information about what was needed most by the community.
“Provide me with a list, I’ll do my best to fill the containers for you,” Mogg said. And he has. The retired Raider who played 96 NRL games was forced to cut short his rugby league career after a recurring knee injury last year.
Now comfortably in his coaching role on the Sunshine Coast, he said the move was everything he could have hoped for.
“I’m loving it,” he said.
“Having players turning up for each other at training has been very positive,” he said.
“It’s been a great response - really, really positive.”