Souths Cares Receives NSW Local Government State Award

The successful Marrickville Souths Fitness and Breakfast Club Program, a partnership between Souths Cares and Marrickville Council, has taken out the Excellence in Community Services award at the recent NSW Local Government Excellence Awards night.

The Excellence in Community Services award went to Marrickville Souths Fitness and Breakfast Club for its service delivery to local disadvantaged youth.

Souths Cares General Manager, Brock Schaefer, said that the Program is aimed at improving the health and fitness of the participants while addressing issues of truancy and unemployment.

“The partnership between Souths Cares and Marrickville Council brought about a clever and unique nine-week Program that is proving to be popular with the participants and the fact that it has achieved state-wide recognition is very rewarding,” said Brock.

 “The Program provides Aboriginal young people from Marrickville local government area with regular exercise and challenges their thinking in relation to healthy eating, living an active lifestyle and completing their education.

“The Program’s fitness aspect is managed by two of our Rabbitohs players, Tom Perrin and John Olive, who are two great, positive role models for these young people.

“Tom and John are doing a great job with the Program their commitment should be commended.”

Brock also said the Program is a joint project by a number of local community organisations whose support should also be recognised.

“The Marrickville Souths Fitness and Breakfast Club is a joint project between Council, the Souths Sydney Rabbitohs, Souths Cares, Central Sydney GP Network, and WEAVE Youth and Family Services,” he said.

“Other partners include Marrickville PCYC, Barnardos and Marrickville Youth Resource Centre.”