Former Rabbitohs player and respected Indigenous community member, Beau Champion, has become the latest Ambassador for the Rabbitohs charity, Souths Cares.

Brock Schaefer, General Manager of Souths Cares, said that his organisation welcomes the opportunity to work with Beau, whose role it will be to work closely with the local community.

“Having Beau join our team at Souths Cares, alongside other mentors such as Rhys Wesser and Nathan Merritt, is just awesome,” he said.

“He is a former Rabbitoh with a strong connection to the La Perouse community and well respected among the NRL fraternity so it makes perfect sense for Souths Cares and Beau to work together to address a variety of community needs.

“He has an infectious enthusiasm for the job and the local community, and that trait will only serve him well in his new role.

“Beau has previously volunteered as a Souths Cares teachers’ aide and delivered our Indigenous Oral Health Care Program, which means he brings considerable experience with him.”

In his capacity as a mentor, Beau will be working in the community each and every week, helping to deliver a range of education and health-focussed programs to schools and communities from across the catchment.

“Since commencing with Souths Cares, Beau has been involved in a number of community activities,” said Brock.

“At Chifley Public School, he has worked as a ‘teacher for the day’ and assisted the teaching staff with their sports program.

“He has visited young students from Glebe PCYC, encouraging them to stay healthy and lead by example by joining in on their basketball competition.

“In addition, Beau has delivered several oral health care sessions to local primary students and pre-schoolers. He also recently recorded anti-smoking and healthy choice messages that will be used to educate young people from a number of Indigenous communities across Australia.”

Brock commended the Parramatta Eels for supporting Beau into his post-football life by facilitating his employment at Souths Cares.

“The Eels have acknowledged the great community passion exhibited by Beau and supported his involvement in our charitable programs as his Rugby League career came to an end,” Brock said.

Any local school or community-based organisation wishing to utilise a Souths Cares Ambassador should contact Souths Cares directly by emailing southscares@rabbitohs.com.au.