A group of Burmese refugees and new migrants got a taste of Rabbitohs Rugby League action over the weekend thanks to Souths Cares when they formed the Guard of Honour at last weekend’s Charity Shield.
Souths Cares has been working in partnership with Auburn Diversity Services since the beginning of 2015 to support the group of 30 ‘Karen People’ from Burma – an ethnic minority group who were forced into refugee camps as a result of Burma’s military regime. Many Karen refugees have immigrated to Australia and settled in Western Sydney.
Daniel Thein Tha Nya, a youth worker from Auburn Diversity Services, explained that attending social events such as a Rabbitohs game can have a profound effect on the group..
“Attending the football as a group can help the boys overcome some of their issues associated with the trauma of being refugees,” said Daniel.
One member of the group, Sea La Oo was also selected for the coin toss prior to the game.
“It was such an awesome experience to meet Rabbitohs Captain John Sutton, it is something I will always remember,” Sea said.
Souths Cares General Manager, Brock Schaefer said that the initiative was just one way that the Charity is supporting social need in Western Sydney.
“Souths Cares is increasingly being called on to assist different groups outside of our traditional catchment area,” said Brock.
“The Rabbitohs and Souths Cares have always believed in the ability of Rugby League to bring people together, and our partnership with Auburn Diversity Services and this group of Karen young people is a perfect example of the Rabbitohs community spirit.
“I would like to particularly thank our Grants and Evaluations Manager, Angus Robilliard, who has gone above and beyond his normal duties to offer support to Auburn Diversity Services.
“I’m excited by the work Souths Cares can perform in this space and the passion shown by Angus to make this possible.”