Vote Now for Your Favourite Son Dene Halatau!
Tuesday 7 May 2013 10:29 AM
Dene Halatau is one of eight finalists for the Harvey Norman Favourite Son Award which kicks off almost a month of celebrations for the 2013 Harvey Norman Women in League Round.
Halatau will be up against eight other finalists for the coveted award; Scott Prince (Broncos), Dallas Johnson (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Danny Buderus (Knights), Roy Asotasi (Rabbitohs), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Bryan Norrie (Storm) and Simon Mannering (Warriors).
Online voting for the Harvey Norman Favourite Son Award starts this Thursday (May 2) and closes the following Thursday (May 9)
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 14 at the 2013 Harvey Norman Women in League Sydney Lunch, the official start to the Harvey Norman Women In League Round which is celebrated during Round 10 of the Telstra Premiership (May 17-20).
“The Harvey Norman Favourite Son finalists are selected by women in the game who nominate players who act as a role model to younger players and whose off-field characteristics embody the true values of the Rugby League community,” said Trish Crews, NRL General Manager, Community, Culture and Diversity.
“I congratulate all of the players announced as finalists; their integrity and leadership make us proud of the game and inspires more women to become involved as a fan, parent, coach, or volunteer.”
The Harvey Norman Favourite Son Award was established in 2009 and past winners include Hazem El Masri (2009), Nathan Hindmarsh (2010), Petero Civoniceva (2011) and Luke Burt (2012).
The seventh annual celebration of the Harvey Norman Women in League initiative pays tribute to over 60,000 female volunteers, officials, players, employees and administrators at the heart of the game.
For more information on upcoming events and Harvey Norman Women in League please visit HERE
Why VOTE for DENE?
Dene Halatau has been an outstanding supporter of the Bulldogs in the Community programme since joining the Club prior to the start of the 2010 NRL season. He is kind and compassionate, empathetic, and his caring nature comes through in his dealings with community causes and the families and individuals which they benefit most.
A married father of one (and soon to be two), Dene gives up a lot of his time to helping out the Bulldogs in the Community Programme in addition to his football and study commitments. Dene is a strong leader amongst his peers and provides them with direction, not just as players but also as people.
Dene was awarded the prestigious Arthur Summons medal in 2012 and was the Bulldogs Ken Stephen nominee in 2011 and 2012 which is the highest community honour for an NRL player.
At present Dene is the Bulldogs ambassador for the RSPCA as well as ambassador for the Violet Foundation Supporting Meningococcal, Juvenile Arthritis Fundraiser (JAF) and Save our Sons in support of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy as part of his own commitments. In 2012 Dene was one of the key NRL players involved with the Mindfield Project.
The Mindfield Project is a collaborative project between young musicians from the South West Sydney region and NRL players. It is about developing and empowering young people through music composition, on stage performance and hands on skills workshops.
Dene was proudly involved in the NRL’s inaugural Cultural Awareness Leadership camp in 2012 and is also a board member of the RLPA.
It is a normal occurrence for the club to be contacted or to hear second hand about something Dene has done to help out someone in need.
Dene embodies the son every mother wants to have.