As you may already know, Rugby League (in particular, Hull KR – we even have a room called Craven Park!) holds a very special place in our hearts at Informed Financial Planning, and our Managing Director, Kevin Ferriby, is Vice-Chairman of new charity ‘The Mose Masoe Foundation’.
The ‘Mose Masoe Foundation’ has been launched in support of the career-ending injury that ex-Hull KR player, Mose Masoe, sustained last January, with an aim to raise funds initially to support Masoe and his family, and a further attempt to relieve the financial and mental hardship of all players who suffer spinal injuries, which impacts their quality of life.
Masoe has been diagnosed as tetraplegic (one of the worst forms of paralysis – read more here), which means he has partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso, and currently there is no way to reverse any damage that has already been done to his body. This has had a severe impact on Masoe’s ability to perform daily tasks, and as a result, his wife, Carissa, has become his full-time carer, whilst continuing to raise their 3 children. Despite support from the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and Rugby League Cares, as well as an insurance pay out, due to the extent of care that Masoe needs, him and his family are facing financial hardship.
Hull KR coach Tony Smith (a fellow trustee with Kevin, for the foundation), said:
“He faces going back to Australia only ever having played rugby, with no other training, no dexterity in his hands to be able to use a keyboard or write and no significant ongoing financial support. He is going to need an immense amount of help and support just to be able to live in some form of comfort and quality. Mose came over to Super League and gave his all for our game, so we are hoping fans of all clubs will come together to help send him home with the best possible opportunity for his future life by doing something truly special.”
You can read more on the Mose Masoe foundation, here.