MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Johnathan Thurston looks on during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the Australian Kangaroos and England at AAMI Park on October 27, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Australian Rugby League and Rugby Union legend Wendell Sailor will host his charity event, Big Dell’s Long Lunch in Brisbane on Friday December 1.

The event is in support of the Ella Foundation, which provides the indigenous community with sustainable employment and career development opportunities, and will feature fellow indigenous Rugby League champion Johnathan Thurston and Brisbane Broncos’ coach Wayne Bennett at the private function.

The foundation aims to create tangible long-term positive change for young indigenous adults and their families through mentoring, networking, social media and leadership programs, a cause close to Wendell’s heart through his indigenous heritage.

Next month’s event is the second of two Big Dell’s Long Lunches, with Sailor hosting the first in Sydney just under a fortnight ago.

Only 100 tickets are available for fans to get up close and personal with these icons of the game, creating an intimate atmosphere and a once in a lifetime opportunity for those who attend.


Rugby Union legend Glen Ella will be present to represent the Ella Foundation, founded by Australia’s most successful sporting family (Mark, Glen, Gary and Marcia Ella).

Sailor, Thurston and Bennett will discuss the World Cup and share rarely heard stories from their personal experiences, regarding tales from both on and off the field.

The Ella Foundation’s vital new partnership with Lottoland will also be announced during the lunch. After supporting the Mark Hughes Foundation and their trek to Everest earlier this year, Lottoland will continue their support in the community by providing ongoing career development opportunities for indigenous trainees of the Ella Foundation to continue to drive the cause forward.

The function will be held at the Blackbird Bar & Grill in Brisbane on Friday the 1st of December (the day before the World Cup final at Suncorp Stadium) from 12-4pm. It will include a three-course gourmet lunch, a premium beverage package and a limited edition autographed stubby holder, all while supporting the life-changing work of the Ella Foundation.

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