Fraser has been inspired by Lawrence Dallaglio for the majority of his adult life, initially by his on-field demeanour, leadership and will to win as he followed Wasps, England and the British and Irish Lions.
Subsequently having read his autobiography and listened to Lawrence’s interview on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs his understanding of how rugby had such a positive and steadying impact on his development got Fraser interested in sport as a social mechanism to enable positive outcomes for individuals and society as a whole.
Fraser has suffered from depression at various stages of his life and has managed to ‘lose myself’ in sport either as a participant or spectator to focus on more uplifting experiences.
The success of The Dallaglio Foundation and RugbyWorks in particular was the inspiration for him to lead a team on the Coast to Coast walk in 2016 where they raised over £26,000 for the program as part of his own personal recovery from adversity, having suffered a major stroke in 2014. The fellowship and bonding required to drag themselves across the country and over the line in Robin Hood’s Bay was yet another example of how teamwork, mutual respect and belief can drive achievement.
As his daughters grow up in Western Australia they can see parts of our social fabric slowly unravelling through anti-social behaviour, drug use and an increase in youth detention.
We would love to replicate the outstanding work of the Dallaglio Foundation in the UK here in Western Australia.
The concept is to use sport as a ‘hook’ to help marginalised young people with limited prospects gain the skills they need to prove their value to society. To stay in employment and out of trouble