Who is Simon De Araujo
Simon is a pioneering Rugby League player of Chilean and Brazilian heritage. Those involved with Latin American Rugby League know him as a great team man, someone who always listens and hands out solid advice to assist others. He was passionate about representing combined Latin America at the Emerging Nations World Championship - and even more excited about being selected in the Chilean team to face USA in November's Rugby League World Cup qualifiers - a stage no other Latin American rugby league team has ascended to previously.
After being one of Latin America's hardest workers in Game 1 of the Emerging Nations World Championship, Simon was struck heavily on the knee in the opening minutes of Game 2.
It was soon apparent he had ruptured both his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial cruciate ligament (MCL), a blow that will see him needing 12 months' recuperation, meaning he will not be able to take his place for Chile in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, a blow exacerbated by the fact he had already paid for his flights.
Here’s how you can chip in
Although the team and event had insurance, the severity of the injury means that not all costs are covered - nor is the significant drop in income that Simon will experience through being out of work.
As a manual worker, Simon is reliant on being fit and active to do his job to the fullest of his ability.
Simon is a bloke people all love having alongside them and always has his teammates' backs. This cruel twist of fate is not what he deserved.
Show him how much he is appreciated by helping him in this time of need.