In the past “The International Legends of League” (ILOL) company has taken rugby league games to various regional centres throughout Queensland, NSW and Papua New Guinea.
This is a community based event with many community outcomes.
International Legends of League
ILOL have previously held 64 of these games in Queensland, NSW and Papua New Guinea. The most recent game in PNG was supported by both the Brisbane Broncos and the PNG NRL bid due to the integrity and community minded concept the ILOL produces. ILOL were engaged to assist in the flood relief fundraiser at Parramatta Stadium in 2011. ILOL were also invited by the Whitsunday Regional Council to hold an event in 2018 to raise monies for the local community after Cyclone Debbie. The event, like always, was professional and very successful and as a result ILOL was awarded “Community Event of the Year” at the Australia Day Awards ceremonies this year.
Past regional towns in Queensland and NSW to hold the event have included Redcliffe, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gladstone, Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Bowen, Proserpine), Armidale, Hervey Bay, Noosa, Logan, Oakey, Gatton, Mt Isa, Cherbourg, Beenleigh, The Central Coast NSW, Tamworth, Roma, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Mackay with a further (3) events in PNG. All events have had excellent support from the local Councils with many events inviting ILOL back for subsequent years. Ipswich and Toowoomba have held the event on six occasions. On each occasion ILOL were supported by local Council as Presenting Sponsor. A local charity is also selected for each event to receive profits from the events.
Beneficiaries in the past have included Ronald McDonald House, The Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, The Arthur Beetson Foundation, Autism Qld, Camp Quality, Men of League, Sunshine Butterflies, United Synergies and The Armidale Hospital to name a few. Many local league and sporting clubs also benefit by receiving ALL funds from canteens and beverage sales & being involved in the event. This would be handled by the local rugby league (and potentially other local sporting clubs) in each region and funds distributed accordingly at their discretion.
In short, the main focus of the event is a game of rugby league played between Australian Legends and a local Allstars Legends team. ILOL players are ex State of Origin and Australian representative players with very high public profiles.