The NRL, in partnership with UNICEF Australia, has called on the Rugby League community to unite in support of the people affected by the aftermath of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. The response has been overwhelming with more than $58,000 already donated by rugby league fans.
This is in addition to the $50,000 the NRL pledged to UNICEF's rapid response network, through which all members of the community can donate.
NRL CEO Dave Smith said the NRL was supporting UNICEF Australia to help communities rebuild Vanuatu and provide emergency relief.
"It has been devastating to see what has occurred in Vanuatu," Mr Smith said.
"Given Rugby League's strong links to the Pacific region, we wanted to not only support UNICEF's appeal, but to commit a donation ourselves.
"Almost 40 per cent of NRL players are from the Pacific, and many of us in the game have a deep connection with the region. As a community, Rugby League has a powerful voice and with a combined effort across the Rugby League family we can work together to help those suffering.
"I encourage fans of the game to do what they can to help those who have been devastatingly affected by Cyclone Pam."
To lend a hand to the people of Vanuatu, visit www.unicef.org.au/nrl, or call the toll free number, 1800 822 542 to offer your donation.