Souths Cares Mentor, Rhys Wesser, recently took the opportunity to spread the Dream, Believe Achieve (DBA) message, with local students connecting with two regional Victorian schools using the NRL’s latest video conferencing technology.

A total of 60 local students were connected with 42 Victorian students, more than 964kms awayfor a session on aspirations, goal setting and realising your dreams.

“Our students from Tempe Public school who were with me in the training room, were linked up with students from interstate making our learning space a virtual classroom,” said Souths Cares mentor Rhys Wesser.

“This amazing technology has made it possible for Souths Cares to deliver the DBA session to twice as many students as usual.

“We had students and teachers from Eppalock and Buninyong primary schools zoomed into the classroom to be part of the session. To have access to this kind of technology means that Souths Cares has the capability to assist many more students to stay healthy and on track to achieving their dreams, than ever before.

The DBA session features digital media which utilises a range of NRL players discussing their own personal experiences, serving as a positive example to students.

“These personal stories can hit the mark with most students, given the players’ diverse backgrounds and their openness about not only their Rugby League aspirations, but also in other areas of personal interest.

Although the sessions are geared towards high school students, Souths Cares and the NRL took steps to adapt the sessions to enable year five and six students from Tempe to participate – a move that serves to encourage the DBA message earlier.

“It doesn’t matter whether your dream is to be a dancer, football player, scientist or shopkeeper,” said Rhys.

“You must surround yourself with people who not only believe in you but also those who believe in your dream,” he said.

Souths Cares you like to thank and acknowledge the support of both the NRL and their talented Learning with League Manager, Jessica Macartney, in helping to make the sessions happen.