NEW ZEALAND's rugby league player of the century, Mark Graham, is the inaugural president of the Gladstone Men of League committee.

Recently formed, the committee is the 15th in Queensland and the 37th nationally.

The Gladstone committee has already staged its first event and raised $5000 for the registered charity.

The charter of the Men of League Foundation (started in 2002) mandates it to assist those from all levels of the rugby league family who, for various reasons, have fallen on hard times.

And Mark Graham says that objective sits very well with him and his fellow committee members.

"It's all about looking after our mates, and we all want to be part of that," he said.

In selecting committee members, local clubs were canvassed and juniors and local business leaders have also become involved.

The committee plans to have three or four fundraising events a year.

The first was held at Gladstone Port Corporation's social club on the night of the Bulldogs-Rabbitohs final in September.

Former Queensland State of Origin hookers Jason Hetherington and Kerrod Walters were the guests and $4000 was raised from the sale of a signed and framed 2012 Maroons Origin jersey.

The Gladstone committee is: president, Mark Graham; vice-president, Bernie Mayfield; secretary/treasurer, Chris Anderson; Greg O'Reilly, welfare officer; committee, Allan Martin, Tony Reynolds, Murray Bale, Darren Schultz, Leif Audet, Richard Duff ,Stuart Claridge, Mick Kearney and Peter White.

The cost of Men of League membership is a one-off fee of  $20.

Those interested in joining the local branch should contact Chris Anderson at

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