While a number of the NRL squad went away for a mini holiday throughout the bye week, centre Braidon Burns was putting community first, helping out in far west NSW at Wellington’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Day.
Braidon Burns and Kotoni Staggs making a difference
At the Wellington Cowboys’ Round 9 match against the Parkes Spacemen at Kennard Park, Burns alongside Broncos player Kotoni Staggs helped to bring the community together and raise funds for a local who was affected by bowel cancer.
“My aunty got in contact and asked if I could come out,” Burns explained.
“The event was for Justin Toomey-White. He was the head coach of the Wellington Cowboys, who was tragically diagnosed with bowel cancer last year at 26.
“He’s going through a bit of a tough time at the moment with chemotherapy so the Wellington Cowboys organised an awareness day for him.”
Having been involved in a number of charitable events, particularly with Souths Cares, Burns says he is more than happy to return home to his local community and give back, as looks to have a future in the police force after football.
“I like to go there as much as I can to help out with that kind of stuff,” he said.
“It’s something that is really close to the community so I went there with Kotoni (Staggs) to help raise awareness.
“Before we went down we recorded a couple of videos for the Wellington Cowboys to get on their website, and a percentage of that money that was donated at the gates went to Bowel Cancer Australia.
“There’s a few Rabbitohs supporters out there so it’s always great to see them, and it’s good because I get to see my family but I go because I can help with the community where I can.
“The stuff they’re doing out there is pretty big with the footy Club, so it’s great to see them promote activities for the people out there to do.”