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7000 And Counting

Dominic Rizzuto

Souths Cares has this week reached an incredible achievement with their Kari Wellbeing Program inspiring their 7000th student this year! 

The KARI Wellbeing program is an interactive program that offers 40 minute lessons for primary an secondary school students. The programs are delivered by a Souths Cares Ambassador and focus on critical health topics ranging from Recognising Bullying, Oral health(Eat Well, Brush Well), Get Moving (Exercise and Nutrition), Surf Safely (Online Safety and Cyberbullying) and Dream Believe, Achieve (Resilience and Goal setting).

It’s big step forward for the program after only being launched by Souths Cares at the start of 2017, with the charity arm of the Rabbitohs surging past that number as they continue their community work.

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Souths Cares Ambassador and former South Sydney Rabbitohs player, Beau Champion, is estatic with the success the program has had in such a small amount of time.

“It’s fantastic, we do a lot of different programs at different schools in the local area and we are really starting to see an impact, the kids love the program and we love to teach it, its really enjoyable,” said Champion.

“The more education and information we can give these young kids about cyberbullying, bullying in general and health and wellbeing is key for us in accomplishing our goals and crucial to the students development as people.

"Genuine awareness of these important areas is what we want to see. We’re giving them the right tools and right avenues to go down so that they can come into schools happy and focused on chasing their dreams without fear.”

Gardeners Road public school teacher, Dimitri Adamou, who was responsible for organising a session with Souths Cares, said the kids were eager to learn from the Kari Wellbeing Program.

“The kids have been really pumped for this,” said Adamou.

“Anytime we get the players or anyone from Souths Cares out here they get really excited for it.

“Whenever a program like this gets delivered by someone they look up to, they really take the advice on board.”

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With such a large number in a small amount of time the goal now is to focus on expanding in 2018, with the next big number well within sight.

“It’s a huge achievement after seeing over 45 schools,” said Souths Cares Health and Education Programs lead, Alexandra Mecham.

“We want to reach as many student as we can and to make sure that the program is super efficient so that we can teach more kids in 2018.”

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