Currently, all IRFU (Ulster Branch) fundraising efforts are focused on its nomintaed charity, the IRFU Charitable Trust.
A serious rugby injury is a frightening prospect for any player and in 1978 the IRFU recognised a need to set up a means to help seriously injured players by establishing the Charitable Trust to assist them in their daily lives and help to restore confidence.
There are currently 30 seriously injured players, all of whom receive help from the Trust and through its very active committee, the Trust maintains regular contact with each injured player and their families.
They help with locomotory expenses, specialised commitment, home alterations, medical expenses, nursing and care costs and over the past number of years the average payment for assistance has amounted to about €220,000 per annum.
The IRFU monitors the Trust's activities through five trustees who ensure that the Trust is administered properly and that all monies raised are distributed in an equitable manner - the day to day affairs of the Trust are managed by a committee appointed by the trustees, Ulster representatives include John Callaghan and Trevor Ringland.
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