The South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragons will play the 33rd Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 13 February, at the family-friendly kick off time of 5:30pm.
The Charity Shield, one of the traditional clashes on the Rugby League calendar each season, was launched today at ANZ Stadium with Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire and South Sydney hooker Cameron McInnes being joined by the Dragons’ Assistant Coach Dean Young and player Benji Marshall.
Traditionally, both Clubs support charity with proceeds from the match, with both Clubs providing focus to the good work conducted by Souths Cares and the St George Foundation in 2016.
The Rabbitohs will be aiming to secure their fourth-straight Charity Shield title in 2016, having defeated the Dragons in 2013 and 2014, then retaining the Shield following a 12-all draw at ANZ Stadium in 2015.
Coach Maguire is looking forward to getting the 2016 season underway with the annual Charity Shield match.
“As a group we’re looking forward to playing in the Charity Shield because it will give us an indication where we stand less than a month out from the start of the season proper,” Coach Maguire said.
“Our Members love this game as well and we’re expecting a strong turnout from our Members and supporters to our first 13-a-side game for the year.
“Our focus is getting ready for the season ahead and the Charity Shield is a great way for us to get a look at a number of players and assess where we need to improve in the lead up to round one.
“There’s also a trophy on the line and that trophy has stood for 33 years now, so we’ll be putting our best foot forward come February 13.
“Another positive is the focus we get to bring to the work of Souths Cares, and help them raise funds for the excellent programs they run as well.
“South Cares, and the players as part of that, do so much good work in the community and it’s great to be able to showcase that at the Charity Shield.”
Rabbitohs hooker Cameron McInnes is excited about getting the footy in his hands and getting back out on the field.
“We’ve put in a lot of work in the pre-season and it’s been really enjoyable this year, but there’s nothing like getting out there on the field and playing footy,” McInnes said.
“I grew up in the South Sydney area and I know that this game really signals the start of the footy season.
“Everyone is keen to play some footy and there’s plenty of competition for spots at our Club so we’ll all be doing our best to get things started in the right way for 2016.”
Rabbitohs Ticketed Members will gain free entry to the Charity Shield as part of their Ticketed Membership package. To become a Member today, visit http://membership.rabbitohs.com.au.
Tickets for the 2016 Charity Shield are on sale from Ticketek at http://www.ticketek.com.au or by calling 132 849.
Keep an eye on www.rabbitohs.com.au for more information about ticketing as well as game day information in the coming weeks.
2016 Charity Shield Fact Sheet
Souths Cares is an independent, not-for-profit, public benevolent institution, established in 2006 to support the local community and address social need across the South Sydney region. Its charter is to support disadvantaged, marginalised and indigenous youth and their families through a three-pillar framework of Employment, Education and Healthy and Active Lifestyles.
Souths Cares leverages the Rabbitohs NRL team to engage the community and affect positive social change. Souths Cares’ core programs include:
All members of the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL SQUAD donate at least one hour per week to Souths Cares directed volunteer activities.
Players are engaged across Local Schools, Community Initiatives and other Charities delivering programmatic goodwill messages or directly supporting specific academic or social wellbeing activities.
Souths Cares partners with LIFE EDUCATION NSW to deliver a dedicated Health Curriculum targeted to upper primary school students. Souths Cares engages with students across Australia through dedicated classrooms at Moore Park and Colyton as well as video streaming technology.
The Health Curriculum is delivered free of charge to all students and includes a range of nationally accredited activities, including:
On The Case (Smoking Prevention);
All Systems Go (Health Bodies);
bCyberwise (Online Safety);
Think Twice (Alcohol Awareness).
Dream Big – Nanga Mai Marri
Unemployment rates for Indigenous Youth are up to 400% higher than non-Indigenous young people.
Since 2010 Souths Cares has delivered an award winning School to Work Mentoring Program for young Indigenous people named ‘Dream Big’ or ‘Nanga Mai Marri’ in Gadigal Language.
The Souths Cares Nanga Mai Marri program mentors young Indigenous people from the commencement of Year 10 studies through to 12 months after Year 12.
The program utilises high profile Indigenous Leaders, including Rhys Wesser, Beau Champion and Nathan Merritt to mentor, support and guide students through their final years of high school and into further education or employment.
This program is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
100% of participating Year 12 students attainted their HSC in 2015.
Indigenous Oral Health Program
Souths Cares initiated an exciting new Oral Health Campaign in 2013. Partnering with the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Souths Cares delivers Oral Health Workshops in local and regional schools with high Indigenous populations.
The program is delivered using culturally appropriate resources and the key messages focus on the importance of regular teeth brushing, drinking plenty of tap water and making healthy food choices.
Since 2013, the program has engaged over 5000 Indigenous students across the South Sydney region and regional New South Wales.
New Careers for Aboriginal People Program
The unemployment rate in Western and South West Sydney is almost double the rate in Eastern, Inner East and Northern Beaches areas of Sydney.
Souths Cares has been engaged by the NSW Department of Industry to open two offices (Liverpool and Penrith) specifically focused on addressing Indigenous unemployment in Western and South West Sydney.
The New Careers for Aboriginal People Program (NCAP) is part of an initial three year commitment from Souths Cares to service this under resourced area of Sydney.
To learn more about Souths Cares or donate online, please visit: http://www.rabbitohs.com.au/souths-cares.