Fund raising to begin for injured league player

A COMMITTEE has been formed to plan and facilitate fund raising activities for injured Forster-Tuncurry junior rugby league player Curtis Landers.

This follows a meeting between the Gloucester and Forster-Tuncurry junior rugby league clubs.

Curtis, who plays hooker for Forster's under 15 side, was injured in a freak accident while performing a regulation tackle during a match in Port Macquarie last Saturday. He sustained fractures to two vertebrae.

He is currently in Royal North Shore Hospital but will be transferred to The Childrens' Hospital at Westmead or Randwick Rehabilitation Unit.

"The rugby league community has come together to support Curtis and his family in what is a difficult and challenging time in their life,'' Warren Blissett from Forster-Tuncurry JRL club said.

"The Country Rugby League and NRL, together with Group Three Rugby League and affiliated junior and senior clubs have all offered support to the Landers family.''

There are initial plans to hold a function for State of Origin 2 then an auction night that all Group Three clubs, along with the Gloucester and Forster Tuncurry communities, will be able to attend and show their support.

A Facebook page, 'Curtis Landers: Road to Recovery', has been established where the Landers family will provide updates on Curtis's recovery.

"The MRI scan went well and showed good results. All of the pressure on his spine has been released, but he has a lot of swelling which is completely normal. We now just have to wait and see what happens as the swelling goes down,'' a post on the page indicated yesterday.

For further information or to offer assistance contact Warren Blissett on 0400 819 367.

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