Local Rugby League fans have been urged to dig deep for the thousands of North Queenslanders affected by the recent floods.
A number of volunteer State Emergency Service and Rural Fire workers, clearly recognizable in their orange or blue uniforms will be collecting outside of Suncorp Stadium this Friday night, where appropriately the Broncos will play the North Queensland Cowboys in the traditional National Rugby League "local derby".
Brisbane Broncos CEO, Bruno Cullen said today the Broncos were proud to support this important fundraising initiative.
"We are asking local Rugby League fans attending Friday night's game not to forget their northern counterparts in their hour of need.
"The Cowboys are as much loved and supported in the north as the Broncos are in south-east Queensland, and many of their supporters have been affected one way or another by the recent floods.
"This is our way of saying that we know what you're going through and that in times of need we will help where we can."
Mr Cullen said the floods have had a devastating impact on Queensland, with more than 70% of the state affected. The cost to flood affected communities is enormous and continues to rise.
Current estimates are that damage to public infrastructure at $245 million while more than 3,000 homes have also been damaged. To date, there have been about 800 insurance claims worth $12 million.
The floods have also had a massive impact on primary producers with costs estimated at $60 million.
The sugar industry could lose between $25 and $39 million while the cost of replacing stock is estimated at $6 million.
Trad McLean, Broncos Media Manager on 0412 809106