CULBURRA Beach's Jack Buchanan has always been one to help out a teammate in a time of need.
It doesn't matter if it's on or off the field, the current Burleigh Bears enforcer is willing do do anything for his friends.
This is no more evident than when the 41-game NRL veteran auctioned off a signed St George Illawarra Dragons jersey to raise money for Beyond Blue - after friend Todd Pike took his own life in April.
"I know how much everyone loves rugby league, so one way to raise funds would be auctioning off a full signed jersey," the former Wests Tigers, Widnes Vikings and Toronto Wolfpack forward said.
"Not everyone has access to get a fully signed jersey and at the same time, help a great cause.
"It was important for me to help because mental health is serious and an aspect people, particularly men, are afraid to talk about - there's a stereotype of how men should act in life.
"Beyond Blue was chosen as Kara Pike (Todd's sister), as she had already begun a fundraiser in light of her brother - I simply wanted to help her achieve her goal (which has seen her raise more than $11,000) in anyway I could."
The auctioned wrapped up at full-time of Saturday's clash between the Dragons and Warriors, with the winning bid of $1700 being made by Michael Martin.
"The $1700 was much more than I originally expected or could have asked for," Buchanan, who played at the same junior club (Culburra Dolphins) as Todd, said.
"When something like this happens in a small town, it rocks everyone and pretty hard.
"I'm so thankful of the support and am glad I could help the Pike family."
If you'd like to talk to anyone about the issues raised in this article call Lifeline on 13 11 14; Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, MensLine 1300 789 978 or Beyond Blue 1300 224636.