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LEGENDS: Men of League's Owen
LEGENDS: Men of League's Owen "Bodgie” Lingard and Lyle Cherry with Craig and Leonie McKnight. Marguerite Cuddihy

WHEN you think of men of league, you'd be forgiven for immediately thinking of the legends: Lockyer, Beetson, Webcke.

The Men of League Foundation, however, takes any and every opportunity to shine the spotlight on our everyday legends.

And Owen "Bodgie” Lingard and Lyle Cherry have kicked off 2018 by doing exactly that.

The two Men of League volunteers donated a Woolworths voucher to Roma locals Leonie and Craig McKnight this week.

Mr Lingard said they were honoured to present the voucher to Craig, who has multiple severe disabilities, and his mum.

"We help out people like Leonie who are doing it tough,” Mr Lingard said.

"And this just goes to show that you don't have to be a footballer to get assistance from Men of League.”

Mr Cherry said Men of League had been in Roma for about four years, but was only just starting to make its mark in the community.

"It took a while to get going but we do a lot of different things around the community such as giving away vouchers and donations, and helping people get access to mobility scooters,” he said.

"It's never as much as we'd like to give, but we just hope every bit helps out.”

Mrs McKnight said she was incredibly appreciative of the voucher.

"This support is important,” she said.

"Especially at this time of year. "Life is so tough but the answer is right here in the community.

"There is no system out there that covers everything, it's hard work and it's always a battle.

"But this is a way for me to say thank you to everyone. I don't always have time to say that to all the people who help out, but I think this is a good time to.”

The Men of League Foundation grew from the cornerstones of teamwork, mateship and helping those who need it most.

It has been the port of last call for families facing tough times with inadequate resources since 2002.

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