Queensland Rugby announces $ 1 million transformative philanthropic organization | New Rugby News

The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) is pleased to announce that enthusiastic Rugby sponsors Steve Wilson AM and Dr Jane Wilson AO have pledged a $ 1 million annual donation to the QRU Foundation.

Encouraged by Queenslanders ’dreams to do their best on the field, the Brisbane men are supporting the redevelopment of Ballymore’s QRU, as well as the appointment of a new Developer for rapid growth. Of Moreton Bay Region.

Steve and Dr Jane Wilson said of the philanthropic organization: “We are proud to partner with QRU to support the interests of Queenslanders in running one of the largest sporting events in the world.

“We believe in the power of Rugby Union and all sports to improve lives, and we encourage Queensland’s young people to step up for Australia on the world stage.”

To the best of QRU’s knowledge, this is the biggest gift to Queensland Rugby.

Wilson’s gift is a turning point in the way Rugby is set as Australia prepares to host the third biggest sporting event in the world, the 2027 Rugby World Cup. Also, with Australia hosting the British & Irish Lions in 2025, the Women Rugby World Cup in 2029 – Queensland’s youngsters have a reason to dream big of preparing for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

QRU CEO David Hanham said: “Wilson’s team will have a direct and immediate impact on the community through the appointment of a dedicated QRU Developer for the Moreton Bay Region.

“This innovation will give the young people of Moreton Bay the opportunity to get involved in a sport that can give them the height of world sports, even on their backs.”

In addition to the Moreton Bay Development Officer, a portion of the Wilson award will be donated for the redevelopment of Ballymore and the National Rugby Training Center (NRTC), which is also supported by the Queensland and Federal Governments.

Under construction, the QRU Foundation is raising funds to make the NRTC a world class venue, which will inspire the next generation of world -class athletes – the Rugby Sevens.

Combined with all of the Queensland Reds ’delegates, the NRTC will be the first to offer the first dedicated home for the Australian Women’s Rugby Team, the Wallaroos.

With QRU Foundation partners, Wilson’s Rugby, Ballymore and Queensland State are on track to win a gold medal at the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games.

A current member of the Australian Rugby Board, Dr Jane Wilson AO has been instrumental in the development of the Seven Women Talent Identification, which is in line with Dr Wilson’s corporate aspirations for Women and Community Rugby.

QRU President, philanthropist, and Brisbane 2032 Olympics Organizing Committee Brett Clark said: “QRU would like to thank Steve and Jane for their excellent commitment, they have shown excellent leadership and in As a donor to Rugby Union myself, we will assure you.Every penny of their support changes lives, providing a legacy for Queensland on and off the field.

Steve Wilson AM added: “Jane and I strongly believe that the greatest benefit of getting involved in sport is that it helps everyone prepare for life’s challenges – in terms of fitness. Participation in sport is one of the main reasons for Australia’s prosperity, wealth, teamwork, resilience, retribution and meritocracy.

Donations over $ 2 to the QRU Foundation can be transferred in full through the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF). If you would like to make a donation for the rebuilding of Ballymore, donations can be made online – CLICK HERE

For a confidential discussion about an annual donation to the QRU Foundation, please contact Ben Thurlow, QRU Foundation & Philanthropy Manager at benjamin.thurlow@redsrugby.com.au

Background information

Steve Wilson AM holds a 40 -year career in the banking industry in Australia and the United Kingdom. He led stockbroker Wilsons and founded the stockbroking companies Hyperion (1996) and Pinnacle (2006). A founding member of the Queensland Rugby Union Foundation, Steve is also the director of Racing Queensland and the Committee for the Brisbane Advisory Board. He previously led the South Bank Corporation, St John’s Cathedral Completion Fund and Queensland Rugby Union and was a Director of Telstra, Tourism Queensland and Councilor of QUT. He received an Australian Order in 2011 for services to the financial sector and the community; the BDA Gold Medal for his role in transforming the South Bank; and honorary doctors from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University.

Dr. Jane Wilson AO He holds a medical degree from the University of Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Jane is the Co-Chair of the Australian Government Advisory Board on Technology and Healthcare Competitiveness, a Guardian of the Future Fund, Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, a Non-Executive Director of Sonic Healthcare Limited, Transurban and Costa Group Holdings Limited. Jane was previously the Vice Chancellor of the University of Queensland, and was a non -Executive Director of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Opal Aged Care Limited, BUPA Australia Limited, Energex Limited and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. With a passion for Rugby Club, Dr Wilson became involved in the sport in Queensland through his family. Joining the Australian Rugby Board (RA) in 2021, he has been the RA ambassador for Oceania Rugby since 2022.


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