The Canterbury Bulldogs have vowed to help former star Sandy Campbell who is homeless and battling cancer.
The former Bulldogs, Rabbitohs and Roosters player’s plight was revealed by The Daily Telegraph last week.
The club where the former outside back played 50 of his 93 first grade matches has promised to help the 56-year-old, who is reportedly battling throat cancer.
“The Bulldogs have begun reaching out to see how we can assist,” chairman John Khoury told The Daily Telegraph.
“Whether it be through housing, medical, financial assistance or other, we will try and do what we can to support our former player in his time of need.
“Our priority at present is getting in touch with Sandy and representatives, on behalf of the club, have already made plans to travel to the area to look at what assistance can be provided with respect to his current circumstances.
“We have long been the family club and our stance is, ‘Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog’. We intend to do as much as possible to assist Sandy, and his health and wellbeing are our utmost concern at this time.”
Campbell has been homeless for several months in the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads area but is believe to visit Tweed Heads hospital regularly for his chemotherapy treatment.
The Family of League (formerly Men of League) organisation is also looking into ways they can assist for the former player.
“Family of League would like to thank everyone from around the country who have reached out to us with concern for former Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Sandy Campbell,” it said on social media.
“We have located Sandy and we will work with the Bulldogs to assist him in any way we can.”
Fellow former NRL player Kurt Landers has set up a GoFundMe, looking to buy Campbell “a car and caravan with park fees on going.”
He said he met Campbell via his father’s Bob’s gym. Bob was also a first grade player.
At time of writing, $5130 of the $80,000 goal had been raised.
Campbell has reportedly struggled after retiring from footy in 1991 and has “lounge hopped” for the last 20 years while working as a security guard and tattoo artist, according to News Corp.
However his life has taken a terrible turn after being diagnosed a month ago. A good friend revealed Campbell has to regularly visit a local hospital for chemotherapy and then leave with a tube that self-administers the treatment.
“He’s got nothing … He just started treatment but has got nowhere to stay, nowhere to go and no help,” Darren Smith told News Corp.
“At the moment, he is sleeping on the beach underneath one of the surf clubs at Coolangatta.
“I don’t even know how to help him. What do I do? I was going to start a Go Fund Me page to try and help him out.
“No one can give him accommodation and he’s got no money. There’s no housing anywhere, he’s got cancer and he’s walking around with chemo treatment being pumped into him while pushing his trolley.
“I have helped him out many times. He slept in my office for many years because he had nowhere to go, but I sold that business and don’t have that office anymore.
“It makes it even harder because he is sick. To have a bed to sleep in would be everything for him. It’s very sad.
“I saw him the other day and thought: ‘What the f***, are you serious?’ Look at him, he’s connected up to this (medical) s*** and pushing his trolley — how do you help?”
Originally published as Bulldogs vow to help homeless former star Sandy Campbell