WREX has been set up by the Welsh Former International Players Association. Its purpose is to provide fundraising events for the Welsh Former International Players Benevolent Fund. This is a recognised charity which provides help to former internationals after their rugby playing days in forms of medical help or even financial hardships. It has already helped quite a considerable number of players who have experienced ill health or rugby related injuries that would require medical assistance.
Our president is Mr Clive Rowlands OBE and is run by a committee comprising of a number of high profile ex internationals.
The events so far which have raised considerable monies is listed in our charity page. If you know of any ex international who may benefit from our help, we would appreciate you contacting us. There are many people and organisations that have generously supported us and hopefully this will continue in the future.
The WREX organization was initially responsible for the building of the International Players Bar in the Millennium Stadium. It was originally named WREX and was built by the wonderful sponsorship supplied by Diageo. The room is now efficiently run by the Welsh Rugby Union and is proving massively popular on International days.
The relief of poverty and hardship of welsh international rugby players and former players, or their families and dependants and including:
Those requiring medical treatment for physical or mental illness or injuries that may relate to their playing days; or
Those whose earning capacity has been adversely impacted by injuries or illnesses related to their playing days.
Whilst charities exist to help those seriously injured on the field, we wanted to provide support to those who have given so much for their country on the field of play but whose problems are very varied.
We are a small organisation and we will have to work hard to ensure that we generate the funds needed to answer those calls when they come in.
We are also indebted to our trustees who give up so much of their time to ensure that our fledgling charity continues to grow.