Rugby League fans raise more than £100,000 over Easter for Mose Masoe Foundation
More than £100,000 has so far been been raised by generous Rugby League fans to support former Saints and Hull KR prop Mose Masoe, who suffered a serious spinal injury in a friendly match at Craven Park before the start of the 2020 Super League season which consequently ended his playing career.
The Easter weekend's Betfred Super League fixture programme, which was staged at the home of champions St Helens, was dedicated to the 31-year-old Samoan who was guest of honour at the Saints/Hull KR match on Thursday.
''What has happened during the past couple of weeks has been truly overwhelming," said Masoe, who played for both clubs and was a member of the St Helens team which defeated Wigan Warriors in the 2014 Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Fans in the UK and Australia raised cash by paying for virtual tickets for the Easter round of fixtures, with all funds set to go to the new Mose Masoe Foundation.
The foundation will first support Masoe, who can still walk only a few steps on his own and has no sensation or dexterity in his hands after being diagnosed as tetraplegic, but will also aid others who suffer life-changing spinal injuries playing rugby.
"It is really humbling to see so many people, from former playing colleagues and opponents to fans of all clubs showing their love to our family," added Masoe.