Mose Masoe to be guest of honour at St Helens v Hull KR clash
Mose Masoe, who suffered a career-ending injury in January last year, will be the guest of honour at the Saints-Hull KR Super League match at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday night.
The Samoan international forward, who played for both clubs between 2014 and 2020, was tackled in a friendly pre-season encounter against Wakefield Trinity but what initially looked innocuous left him with a serious spinal problem, changing family life forever.
Masoe has been diagnosed as a tetraplegic, which means the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. It is one of the worst forms of paralysis.
He is able to walk a few unaided steps, but any brief activity leaves him exhausted and still. He still has no sensation or dexterity in his hands. and can no longer feel the cold, nor can he feel heat.
Supporters of all clubs are being urged to buy 'virtual tickets' during the Easter weekend fixtures in a massive fund-raising effort for the 31-year-old.
It coincides as a new charity, The Mose Masoe Foundation, is being launched to raise funds to help relieve the financial and mental hardship of players who suffer spinal injuries affecting their welfare and quality of life and Mose will be the first beneficiary.
Hopefully,the initial campaign will raise enough money to help Mose, his partner, Carissa, and their three young children, daughters Evie-Rose and Marlowe and baby son Lui, while they are living in the UK and when they return home to Australia.
Fans can choose to donate either £5, £10, £15, or £20, by texting: 5MOSE,10MOSE, 15MOSE, and 20MOSE.
The virtual tickets will be a donation only, as a gesture of solidarity within the Rugby League community, meaning a Sky Sports subscription is still required to watch the games as normal.
Carrisa has had to become his full-time carer, providing daily assistance with tasks such as personal hygiene and going to the toilet, as his and bladder and bowels do not function naturally.
Despite much-appreciated support from the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and Rugby League Cares already, Mose and his family are facing the prospect of potentially being left hundreds of thousands of pounds short of what they need to live in some form of comfort, even after an expected insurance payout.
Hearing the reality of his situation, friends and colleagues came together to quickly establish a team of Trustees and apply for charity status for the Foundation carrying his name.
It will firstly support him through helping cover the costs of things such as transport, home adaptations, ongoing rehabilitation, care and support.
Longer term, it will seek to continually raise funds to eventually support many other rugby players – of both codes and at all levels – whose lives are forever changed by similar spinal injuries, through grants and access to advocacy, advice, support and information.