Souths Cares is an independent not-for-profit public benevolent institution, established to support the local community and address social need across the South Sydney region. Its charter is to support disadvantaged and marginalised youth and their families through the delivery of capacity building programs addressing education, training, health and employment needs.
Souths Cares was created to meet demand from community and government for strong, robust and transparent community programs that leverage the popularity of Rugby League and the Rabbitohs across the South Sydney region.
Souths Cares utilises the Rabbitohs NRL and NYC Squad’s along with staff and resources to deliver varied activities that create positive and enduring outcomes for program participants.
Souths Cares work extensively with the Indigenous Community of South Sydney and acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, elders past and present and the importance of young people as the future of our communities.
Three (3) Pillar Approach
Souths Cares utilises a three (3) Pillar framework for our Community Engagement Activity.
Our three pillars are:
Health & Active Lifestyles
Souths Cares has six (6) activites delivered under our core pillars and have adopted an “On Demand’ Framework that structure our response to emergent community needs. This includes ad-hoc, demand driven, and emergency response activities.
Souths Cares is built on a foundation of robust and transparent Governance, Evaluation and Reporting of our work.
In 2014, Souths Cares won the Best Newcomer at the 2014 Social Investment Measurement Network of Australia Awards.
Beau Champion and Souths Cares spent time at Banksmeadow Public School to educate students on the effects of bullying and how to handle bullies.
Souths Cares will host a 50/50 charity raffle at all Rabbitohs home games played at ANZ Stadium this season.
Souths Cares is delighted to announce the appointment of Cain Slater as General Manager of the organisation.
Beau Champion, Ben Ross and Roy Asotasi have made a big impact in Northern NSW as they continue the Rabbitohs NRL Community Carnival in Kempsey, Macks...
Former Rabbitohs players Beau Champion and Roy Asotasi fulfilled Kempsey’s junior rugby league player’s dreams by playing alongside them o...
The Rabbitohs playing group yesterday (Monday) visited 26 primary schools in the local area to help encourage students and teach them about respect and diversity as a part of the NRL's Community Carnival.
The Rabbitohs kicked off their NRL Community Carnival in North Sydney last Thursday with Roy Asotasi, Mario Fenech, Beau Champion and Brett Greinke visiting three schools in North Sydney.
Souths Cares have confirmed their Community Carnival plans, with visits scheduled to 66 schools and over 15,000 students between the 9th and 15th of February.
The Rabbitohs and Souths Cares have partnered with SEDA College to provide high school students an alternative pathway to gaining their HSC, whilst also gaining hands on experience within the sporting industry.
The South Sydney Physical Disability Rugby League team will take on the Manly Physical Disability Rugby League team in a 9-a-side exhibition match at Campbelltown stadium on Saturday 11 February.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs hosted the West Coast Pirates Academy team (Under 16’s) for a special VIP tour of the Redfern High Performance Centre today.
Souths Cares spent Thursday at the Redfern Community Centre giving out Rabbitohs gift packs to local children.
This week Souths Cares have spread their Bright Smiles, Bright Future message to 1000 students in six primary schools over a four day Oral Health Awareness tour on the mid north coast.
Souths Cares with the help of current and former Rabbitohs players have visited primary schools on the mid-north coast to spread the word on good oral health to young students.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will be showing their Colgate Smiles on the field once again in 2017 with the Rabbitohs being fitted for mouthguards for the upcoming season.
The Souths Cares Health Team joined WentWest and the Clontarf Foundation at Chifley College, Mount Druitt, to support a festival of health for young people.
Over the past two days Chifley Public School, The University of Sydney and Souths Cares have been working together to create animated films which promote healthy nutrition and active lifestyles.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will be represented in the NSW Physical Disability Rugby League Association (NSWPDRLA) grand final which will be played this Saturday.
The Rabbitohs playing squad, with the help of Souths Cares, started their off-season in a noble way by putting on a BBQ for patients, staff and their family at the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick.
South Sydney Rabbitohs players John Sutton, George Burgess, Aaron Gray, Cheyne Whitelaw and Development Coach Matt King payed a special visit today to the Windgap Foundation.
Roy Asotasi and Beau Champion arrived in Dubbo today as part of Souths Cares continued commitment to improving Oral Health in New South Wales with the support of the NSW Government Centre for Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.
Souths Cares' and the Rabbitohs have visited students at Matraville Sports High School to encourage and inspire Souths Cares Nanga Mai Marri Program (School to Work transition) Students as they complete their final school years.
Souths Cares organised a 'Behind the Scenes' tour for aspiring NRL player, Bailey, after his Rabbitohs merchandise was stolen at a game.
The day wasn't over for your Rabbitohs after completing their training on Tuesday as they used their afternoon to team up with Souths Cares and visit patients at the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick.
Souths Cares hosted a group of 20 young people from Bowraville and Macksville today at the Rabbitohs team training session.
Souths Cares followed up last year’s successful launch of their NAIDOC Festival with another well received and organised NAIDOC celebration at Heffron Park on Wednesday.
Students from Souths Cares’ Nanga Mai Marri ‘Dream Big’ Program, spent Thursday morning touring the Simply Energy High Performance Centre, Redfern Oval, as part of their learning.
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An enthusiastic band of students were on hand at Yarra Oval this morning (Tuesday) to enjoy a footy clinic with Rabbitohs players, thanks to Souths Cares, Randwick City Council, and NRL Development.
Former Rabbitoh and Indigenous All Star, Beau Champion, this week spent time with Year 5 students from St Andrews Primary School Malabar as part of the Souths Inspires Program.
Souths Cares’ expanded influence in Western Sydney is yielding results, with the Charity having already helped 58 local Indigenous job-seekers to find work across a number of industries.
Former Indigenous All Star and now Souths Cares Ambassador, Beau Champion, recently joined 36 young students in a school holiday Rugby League clinic at Redfern’s National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE).
The New South Wales Physical Disabilities Rugby League Association (NSWPDRLA) recently joined forces with Windgap Foundation (Windgap), to stage an exhibition game of modified football designed for people with disabilities at half-time of last Friday’s Rabbitohs clash against the Roosters.
Souths Cares have today (Wednesday) been nominated as one of nine finalists in the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA) Awards 2016 for the organisation's successful Oral Health Program.
Dreams do come true. A terminally ill Rabbitohs supporter recently had one of her dreams come true thanks to Souths Cares Ambassador, Beau Champion.
Souths Cares and the Rabbitohs will be making a difference in schools again in 2016, with the recent launch of this year’s Schools Program highlighting what’s on offer.
Former Nanga Mai Marri Program* graduate, Emily Cooley, is well on her way to achieving her dreams thanks to the support of Souths Cares’ Indigenous program mentors and the staff at South Sydney High School (SSHS).
On March 16, former Rabbitoh and Souths Cares Ambassador Beau Champion and General Manager Brock Schaefer joined Men of League Welfare Officers John Peard, Bob McMillan and Alan Webb in visiting former Souths cheerleader Tracey Daikin at Campbelltown Hospital.
Souths Cares Ambassador and Rabbitohs legend, Nathan Merritt, recently hosted eleven students from Marrickville High School on a tour of the South Sydney training facilities in Redfern.
Three Souths Cares students formed part of a 64 person contingent of young, Indigenous students who recently attended the All Stars Indigenous Youth Summit, held in conjunction with the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars, on the Gold Coast.
Souths Cares Ambassadors, Nathan Merritt and Beau Champion, were on hand to help celebrate Cultural Day with students from Redfern Jarjum College earlier in the week.
Former Rabbitoh Beau Champion, recently represented Souths Cares at the Macarthur Gateway Resource Services Getting It Together event in Campbelltown.
A group of Burmese refugees and new migrants got a taste of Rabbitohs Rugby League action over the weekend thanks to Souths Cares when they formed the Guard of Honour at last weekend’s Charity Shield.
The Hon Kristina Keneally announced as new Chairperson of Souths Cares
Souths Cares today (Saturday) unveil a new look to coincide with a renewed direction, as the charity’s reach continues to grow and its function in the community continues to evolve.
All Year 12 students within the Souths Cares Nanga Mai Marri Program are celebrating the successful obtainment of their HSC.
The team and coaching staff from the NRL WA West Coast Pirates Academy squad visited the Simply Energy High Performance Centre at Redfern Oval last Thursday to watch the Rabbitohs train.
Souths Cares General Manager Brock Schaefer spoke to Rabbitohs TV about the kick off the fundraising efforts of the charitable organisation at the upcoming Charity Shield.
Rabbitohs hooker Cameron McInnes says he’s not here to fill the boots of former players at the Club. He’s here to play his own game.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragons will play the 33rd Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 13 February, at the family-friendly kick off time of 5:30pm.
The Rabbitohs are once again partnering with Colgate to show everyone how to protect your teeth on and off the field.
Souths Cares' Gift of Giving campaign recently made its ways to South Sydney High School when students were given the chance to meet with Australian Ironwoman, Tara Coleman, and share a healthy breakfast.
Souths Cares delivers a range of programs and initiatives focusing on education, employment and health to assist our local community.
The Rabbitohs also deliver the ‘Rabbitohs Friendly Schools and Clubs Program’ which is aimed at creating a greater connection with the schools and clubs in the South Sydney area that support the Rabbitohs. For more information about this program, please contact the Rabbitohs on (02) 8306 9918.
The Rabbitohs and Souths Cares receive a significant number of donation requests and player appearances throughout the year from schools, community groups, individuals and other organisations. Please keep in mind that we will try our best to assist, but unfortunately due to such a high demand we cannot fulfill every request for assistance.
Souths Cares Donations Policy
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Souths Cares relies upon the support of the Private Sector, Government and Non Government Partners as well as the personal contributions of individual members of our community.
Souths Cares provides partnership opportunities across a range of programs and activities and has worked with some of Australia’s largest companies to deliver innovative and effective community work. With a footprint across the traditional catchment of the South Sydney Rabbitohs as well as experience working across NSW and Australia, Souths Cares has effectively supported a range of businesses to deliver their Corporate Social Responsibility obligations.
For more information please contact the General Manager of Souths Cares, Brock Schaefer (hyperlink firstname.lastname@example.org)
Souths Cares is fortunate to attract donations from members of the community whom are eager to see the continuation of our programs. Individuals, Estates and Philanthropic Funds can contact Souths Cares to discuss how you can support the program.
The National Survey of Adult Oral Health 04-06 and the NSW Child Dental Health Survey 07 found that levels of untreated dental health decay were more than twice as high among Aboriginal Australians compared with non-Aboriginal Australians.
Souths Cares partners with the NSW Centre for Aboriginal Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health to deliver Oral Health Sessions across Sydney and regional NSW.
Schools and Communities that would like to be part of this program can contact the Souths Cares team through the ‘Requests’ section of this website.
This program is part of the NSW Aboriginal Health Plan and has been delivered to over 5000 young people since 2012.
Nanga Mai Marri means ‘Dream Big’ in Gadigal language.
The program focus is on Years 10, 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students.
The program is underpinned by a greater understanding of Indigenous culture as a way of building self-esteem. Once this cultural base has been established, sessions include employability skills training such as career exploration, resume building, goal setting, interview technique, grooming and etiquette. This leads to either employment or continuing education outcomes through a range of corporate networks or education institutions with which Souths Cares has built strong relationships.
The program brings together students, parents, corporate partners, education institutions, community groups and Rabbitohs NRL players in a collaborative partnership to support students achieve their education and employment goals after leaving High School.
The Indigenous Leadership Program has a capacity of 50 participants, with Souths Care frequently expanding components of the Program to other needy members of the community.
Supported by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
In 2014 all Nanga Mai Marri Graduates completed their HSC.
Since 2010 over 90% of Nanga Mai Marri Graduates have completed full time training/education courses and/or entered full time employment.
The Rabbitoh Aide Program sees all members of the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL Squad complete accredited Teacher Aide Training as part of their commitments to the Club and Community.
Each Player is allocated a School within the South Sydney catchment area to partner with each calendar year. As part of this commitment players have an active role within their allocated classroom every three (3) weeks. The Program is aimed at improving school attendance and student behaviour.
La Perouse Primary
Alexandra Park Primary
Green Square Primary
Our Lady of Mt Carmel
In 2014, the Rabbitoh Aide Program saw over 300 hours of direct engagement in South Sydney Classrooms.
Rabbitoh Primary is an interactive classroom that hosts students from local primary schools and delivers a curriculum of Health and Wellbeing topics targeted at primary school aged boys and girls.
The holistic Program for Years 5 and 6 students combines the NRL initiative, ‘Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well’ with a range of Life Education Australia modules aligned with the National School Curriculum.
Each session is designed to educate students with the fundamental knowledge to live healthy and active lifestyles as they head into their all-important teenage years.
The Souths Cares trainers utilise a wide range of comprehensive resources and adapt them to meet the educational needs of local students. The result is a fun and engaging educational session that utilises a combination of games, hands on activities, group work and role-play, where students are taken through developmentally appropriate lessons. Each session is two hours in duration and students access the training via two sessions each year.
In 2014 Rabbitoh Primary delivered sessions to students from:
· Pagewood Public School;
· Maroubra Bay Public School;
· Petersham Public School;
· Matraville Public School;
· Rainbow Street Public School;
· Daceyville Public School;
· Matraville Soldiers Settlement;
· Kensington Public School;
· Coogee Public School;
· Darlington Public School;
· St. Bernard's Botany;
· Chifley Public School; and
· Banksmeadow Public School.
The modules delivered encompassed the import preadolescent issues of:
· On The Case (smoking prevention)
· All System’s Go (workings of the human body)
· bCyberwise (cyber safety)
· Think Twice (alcohol awareness and physical consequences)
· It’s Your Call (smoking and physical consequences)
This Program is delivered at no cost to students or schools and has received tremendous feedback from participants. Over 3000 students have graduated from Rabbitoh Primary since 2012.
Souths Cares delivers a range of bespoke and on demand work in the community.
A range of Community Group’s and Campaign’s with which we have partnered include:
The Sydney Children’s Hospital,
Australian Cancer Research Foundation,
Ovarian Cancer Foundation,
Kidney Health Australia,
The Loyal Foundation,
Aust Children Music Foundation,
Australian Technology Park,
Randwick City Council,
All Sorts Fitness and Wellbeing Centre,
Indigenous All Stars,
Sydney Corporate Park,
NSW Corrective Services,
Coffs Harbour City Council,
Enterprise Training Company,
Close the Gap Campaign
Aboriginal Medical Research Council
Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE)
Redfern Community Centre,
South Sydney PCYC,
FactTree Youth Services
Northern Pride Rugby League Club
The Indigenous Employment Program is Souths Cares’ newest initiative, launched on the 8th August 2014. The program is a collaborative partnership between Souths Cares, Maxima employment and the Rabbitohs Corporate Family.
The Indigenous Employment Program aims to place 60 Indigenous jobseekers in meaningful, long term employment across a variety of industries within its first 6 months.
This program has had significant success in finding participants enduring employment opportunities. Over 30 unemployed people have entered the workforce through this program since inception.
Framing Health is a partnership project to encourage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students towards Higher Education.
Souths Cares, The University of Sydney’s Social Inclusion Unit and Compass collaborate with local high school students in a series of workshops to craft better health promotional messages for young indigenous Australians.
The Program has effectively boosted aspirations for program participants to seek Tertiary admission.