One of the highlights on the National Rugby League calendar is the annual NRL Beanie for Brain Cancer Round, which invites the wider rugby league community to join the Mark Hughes Foundation on their quest to tackle brain cancer.
The concept was the brainchild of Matt Callander, former Nine Rugby League Executive Producer, who was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma in 2016. Matt sadly lost his battle with brain cancer in October 2017, but his legacy lives on through the NRL Beanie Round.
The NRL Beanie Round urges fans to buy an MHF Beanie at NRL matches, online or in Lowes Australia and selected IGA stores, with the aim of raising millions of dollars for brain cancer research and patient support. MHF will strategically fund research projects, with the aim of doubling the survival rates and improving the quality of life for patients with brain cancer in the next 10 years.
The collective support from the NRL, Channel Nine & all media outlets, every NRL club, player, coach and fan makes this Round truly special and incredibly popular each year.
Since 2017, the seven NRL Beanie for Brain Cancer Rounds have raised over $19 million dollars and this year will see the one millionth beanie sold.
The Big Three Trek will run alongside Round 18 this year, where 60 trekkers will walk 150 kilometres from Newcastle to Sydney over three days, for the third year in a row raising funds and awareness of brain cancer.
The 2024 NRL Beanie for Brain Cancer Round is scheduled for June 13 - June 16, Round 15. To view the NRL draw click here.