‘Be Great, Do Good’ is an initiative to utilise part of Ben Daley’s regular playing equipment – his headgear – to raise awareness for a different charitable cause during each round of Super Rugby. The campaign is a way of reminding fans that “Rugby is a game for thugs, played by gentlemen.” “I found it really difficult to see the sport I love come under that scrutiny, when I know how great the Rugby community is. This is a really tight-knit, community-minded sport and I wanted to remind people of that. It is part of the reason people become lifelong Rugby fans.”
Daley will wear a different head gear each week, featuring a design unique to the charity he is supporting. Each game in the Super Rugby draw for the Reds coincides with a particular charitable event throughout the year, so in all, Daley will raise awareness for 16 charities across the Super Rugby regular season. Clues will be posted on the Reds social media accounts at the start of each week, with fans encouraged to guess which organisation Daley is supporting. The unique headgear design will then be revealed when the Reds team for the week is announced.
Daley’s aim is to raise awareness and funds for each organisation, with each one-of-a-kind headgear being donated to the charity for use in fundraising efforts. “Be Great, Do Good’ is a simple idea that I hope the Rugby community can wrap its arms around. As members of the Reds, we endeavour to be great on the field and as members of the wider Rugby community we need to do good off the field,” Daley said.