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The tickets are priced at £50 each and tables of ten can be purchased for £500 plus VAT. Reservations can be made from Tuesday 1st February, for cash and cheque payments only, from Philip Howard Books in Leeds and Rotherham and Euphoria Fitness in Huddersfield. Cheques should be made payable to ĎEuro RL Australian floods appeal.í
They will also be able to be available via the Rugby Football League ticket hotline for credit card purchases from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm by calling 0844 856 1113.
With news of the event hitting the media in Australia, Queensland and now Parramatta star Chris Walker, who has been doing sterling work for the cause there, was keen to pledge his support for the evening.
"Having been personally affected by the floods, it is great to hear that across the other side of the world the public are doing their bit for the Queensland people," he said.
"Itís fantastic that the sport there is helping out, just to hear the names who have already pledged their support is humbling - it sounds like itís going to be a special night."
"It just goes to show the values of Rugby League and how much this great sport rallies behind the people who really need it the most."
In Toowoomba, the Queensland town hit by a terrifying torrent, former Catalans Dragons and France star, Justin Murphy was caught up in the horror.
"The afternoon of the storm my wife was in town when the flash flood went through it," he recalled. "She was very frightened but just managed to steer up to a higher street to get away from the water. I was working at my pub about 15 minutes outside Toowoomba and we were totally cut off from everyone for the day, it was pretty desperate."
"I am friends with Chris Rice who has unfortunately lost his mother and brother in the floods. It has touched everyone around this area and to hear that people over there are thinking of us is truly appreciated."
Bradford Bulls coach Mick Potter has been a prime mover in promoting the Leeds dinner. "It is just the right thing to be doing," he commented. "Itís tough to imagine what people stranded over there in Queensland and Victoria are going through with the loss of life, houses, contents and possessions."
"Despite being so far away, this evening gives us the perfect opportunity to materially help, something that is ingrained in our sport wherever it is played."
He added, "It sounds like itís going to be a whoís who of Rugby League attending and I would urge any rugby league fan to book their tickets early."
Tickets can be purchased in person by cash/cheque or by sending a cheque to:
Euphoria Fitness, 537 Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, HD4 5NT
Philip Howard Books, 47 Street Lane, Leeds, LS8 1AP
Philip Howard Books, 149 Bawtry Road, Wickersley, Rotherham S66 2BW
Interest can be registered at firstname.lastname@example.org and twitter subscribers can follow @rickywilby or @scratchingshed2 for more information as it is announced.