Olympian Catherine Freeman and Rabbitohs’ legends Rhys Wesser and Nathan Merritt recently joined forces with the NRL to launch its 2015 Community Carnival at Matraville Soldiers Settlement Public School.
Rhys, a Souths Cares Mentor, said it was a testament to the success of Souths Cares’ health and education programs that the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ region was chosen for the launch.
“Souths Cares has five unique programs that focus on the importance of completing your education, staying healthy and finding sustainable employment,” said Rhys.
“Matraville Soldiers Settlement Public School is a smaller public school located towards the southern end of our district, however they are valued participants in our Rabbitohs Friendly Schools Program.
“A number of local schools participate in our programs every week and twice a year we take our Indigenous Oral Health Care Program on the road, visiting remote and isolated NSW Indigenous communities.
“The NRL’s 2015 community messages of wellbeing not only complement our programs but give us a platform to inform the wider community on the importance of keeping healthy.
“Souths Cares appreciates the challenges involved in taking positive health messages to rural and regional NSW and that is why the Rabbitohs are happy to lead the Community Carnival on the Far South Coast of NSW.
“I’ll be joined by Mario Fenech and current Rabbitohs NRL squad member and centre, Ed Murphy, who will help deliver messages around eating well, playing well and staying well.”
As well as these educational messages about health and wellbeing, the Rabbitohs will be joining students from the towns of Merimbula, Eden and Bega for a number of Rugby League Football Clinics.
“After a lesson in the classroom it’s always fun to reward the students with coaching sessions on the fundamentals of the game,” Rhys said.
“Each station will be centred on a particular skill-set and manned by professionally trained NRL Development Officers.
“The Community Carnival will be a great opportunity to engage and inspire the students to live a healthy, long life.”