BURLY Newcastle Knights star Timana Tahu struggled to find a blanket big enough to wrap around him for the launch of the Samaritans Winter Appeal yesterday.
Tahu and teammate James McManus kick-started the appeal, which helps families who struggle during the colder months.
Fresh from their match on Monday night, in which they both scored tries and Tahu was man of the match, the players rugged up to help the charity, which is associated with their club.
They also chatted to a group of footy fans with disabilities, who take part in one of the Samaritans skills programs.
‘‘We’re happy to be part of something that helps the community,’’McManus said of the winter appeal.
‘‘It’s also good to make kids smile who might not always have something to smile about.’’
The Samaritans aim to raise $100,000 from this year’s appeal and are in search of food and cash donations.
‘‘There is always a significant increase in demand for our services in winter,’’ Samaritans chief executive Cec Shevels said.
‘‘Samaritans emergency relief centres see more families who are struggling to pay bills, stay warm and put food on the table.’’
The Samaritans cover the Central Coast, Hunter and Manning regions.