Continuing its Gift of Giving campaign, Souths Cares Ambassador Nathan Merritt, recently hosted 10 young students from the Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation, Canberra at Redfern Oval.

Club try-scoring legend Merritt, who has been working with the charity for the past few months, hosted the young men’s mentoring group at a Rabbitohs Training Session in an attempt to inspire.

The Corporation offers a range of effective services and programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their families from the ACT region. These include group programs such as D&A, young mums, parenting, music and drop-in services.

The group enthusiastically greeted Nathan who spoke with them about staying on track.

“It’s always good to speak to young Indigenous kids,” said Merritt.

“There’s obviously plenty of potential in our young people, and talking to them about reaching that and becoming the best you can be with some mentoring  - it’s just a good way to connect.

“I tell them about my journey – getting to where I wanted to be in Rugby League by making sacrifices I had to make to achieve my dreams, having good self-esteem, confidence and motivation, especially when things get tough.

“The boys were all ears and asked plenty of questions about footy. There were definitely some Souths fans in there.”

Each of the boys received a Rabbitohs poster and sticker for signing by the team upon the completion of their training session.