Tom Trbojevic in Newcastle to help locals get back to business and support local Lifeline services

COVID-19 has been challenging for many Hunter businesses, particularly for those operating across state borders. Having the right finance structure gives you a competitive advantage to win in business, including getting back to business post COVID-19.
Tom Trbojevic

2021 Dally M winner and Australian professional rugby league player Tom Trbojevic will be the guest speaker at a business luncheon on November 30 that will fundraise for local Lifeline Hunter services.

When he is not on the field, Trbojevic is a partner with business finance brokerage firm iFin Capital. He is a qualified finance broker and is completing a double degree in applied finance and economics at Macquarie University.

Trbojevic will be talking to business leaders about drivers for success and the lessons for business from how he and other professional sportspeople survived and managed the impacts of COVID-19.

“Just like on the footy field, to get the right outcomes businesses need to be in a position to make the right moves and have flexibility.”

Proceeds from the luncheon will support Lifeline Hunter’s local suicide prevention and crisis support services.

Lifeline’s business development manager Pat Calabria said having good mental health awareness is important on the sporting field and in business. He said calls to Lifeline are up 25 per cent to their highest ever levels, and many people continue to struggle post lockdown.

“COVID-19 has impacted Lifeline’s revenue to run its free local services at a time when demand for support is up, so we are very grateful to Tom and iFin Capital for their support,” Mr Calabria said.

“Lifeline provides training to businesses to help staff to be able to break down the stigma around mental health and give them skills to support themselves, colleagues and members of our community,” he said.

"Tommy Turbo" is a fullback for the Manly NRL club. He won the 2021 Dally M Medal for best and fairest player despite missing the first five games due to injury. He went on to score a Club record of 28 tries in just 18 games. The 25 year old has played for Australia and donned a Blues’ jersey eight times in State of Origin matches.

While playing fr both Australia in junior representative teams, Trbojevic gained an ATAR of 94.3 in his HSC. In addition to the Dally M accolade, he was also named the 2021 NRL Academic Player of the Year.

Tickets for sportsman style lunch at Merewether Surf House are $150. This includes a two course lunch and three hour beverage package. Tickets are available from