How many games of AFL did Bob and Robert play?

Bob Rose played 152 games for Collingwood before famously coaching 282 games for both Collingwood and Footscray.

Are my donations tax deductible?

All donations are fully tax deductible and a tax invoice will be issued upon receipt of your donation.

What is the Robert Rose Foundation?

The Robert Rose Foundation (RRF) is a charity that raises money to provide survivors of a spinal cord injury (SCI) the equipment and wellbeing resources they need to live the best life they can

RRF began with Robert Rose, the Collingwood footballer who showed incredible bravery to live life to the fullest after an accident left him a quadriplegic at just 22. Like his dad, football legend Bob Rose, he also wore the jumper number 22.

What is Team 22?

Team 22 is the latest initiative from the Robert Rose Foundation (RRF) and is designed to raise much needed funds to support people with a spinal cord injury (SCI).

Team 22 is a platform to raise renewed awareness of the debilitating effects of spinal cord injuries (SCI) on survivors and their families. The ‘22’ element of the project signifies the power of 2 people and what they can achieve together.

The aim of Team 22 is to raise $500,000 to continue and expand the reach of the support already delivered by the Robert Rose Foundation (RRF).

What is a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal (cauda equine) that often causes permanent changes in strength, mobility and sensation with respect to bodily functions. Quadriplegia refers to loss of function below the neck whilst paraplegia relates to loss of function below the chest. Spinal cord injuries are typically caused by trauma or other underlying medical conditions.

How else does a spinal cord injury (SCI) affect an individual?

The severe trauma of an SCI often results in anxiety, stress, depression and social withdrawal. The levels of depression, anxiety, and/or stress are substantially higher among those who have suffered from an SCI than that of the general population. Currently, 46% of people living with SCI in Victoria are experiencing depression, anxiety and stress and would benefit from mental health support. Morevoer, the leading cause of death in people with a SCI aged between 25 and 54 years is suicide.

Does Team 22 have an annual event?

Team 22 has worked closely with the AFL, Collingwood FC and the Western Bulldogs FC to bring the initiative to life as part of their clash at the ‘G’ during Round 4 – Friday 12 April. The Team 22 game will become an annual event on the AFL calendar in years to come.

How are funds raised by Team 22 used to support spinal cord injury sufferers?

  1. Practical - Provision of access to the necessary physical equipment required to participate in everyday life activities (equipment grant process)
  2. Psychological - Provision of access to ‘buddies’ who can provide the critical one-on-one mental health support required to participate in everyday life activities.
  3. Participation - Provision of opportunities to get involved in activities that can tap into talents and interests of individuals affected by a spinal cord injury.

Who are the Team 22 ambassadors?

A number of ’22 ambassadors have been enlisted including Steele Sidebottom (current number 22 for the Collingwood Football Club), Tony Shaw (former number 22 for the Collingwood Football Club), Beau Vernon (champion footballer from Phillip Island who sustained a SCI whilst playing football) and Brendan Stroud (current captain of the Collingwood Football Club wheelchair team).