TAMWORTH'S Men of League members are ready for another big year of helping the community.
Several of the charities volunteers joined Lasarus House members to help celebrate the start of the 2019 NRL season on Tuesday.
The group helped residents put together a footy tipping competition and talked about the great game over lunch.
Tamworth Men of League representative Kevin Robinson told the Leader the group would be on hand to help the community throughout the year.
"The organisation was founded in 2002 and really does care about helping people out when we can," Robinson said.
"We are not so much about offering hand outs as we are hand ups, so we will often look to help out through goods, services or paying medical bills."
In recent months the group has helped the region's drought-stricken farming families by offering food and care packages.
"The work we do is very rewarding," Robinson said.
"Having played rugby league for the Sydney Roosters in my day, I understand how important this group is.
"What's most pleasing is how it has grown from just looking after ex-players to everyone in the community."
Robinson said the footy tipping competition will run throughout the season and offer the residents a chance to "keep up with the game".
"It's a social thing more than anything else," he said.
"It will give everyone a chance to socialise and talk about the game.
"Sometimes that's more important than anything."