The South Sydney Rabbitohs were honoured to host men from the Stolen Generation at yesterday’s training session. The group of Aboriginal elders included Uncle Richard Campbell, Uncle Ces Bowden, Uncle Lester Maher and Uncle Michael Welsh.
The men shared their experiences with the team about being forcibly removed from their families and sent to Kinchella Boys Home near Kempsey.
"We were taken away from families, taken away from our country and taken away from our culture. We are telling our story today to raise awareness and make sure this never happens again," Uncle Richard Campbell explained.
Michael Maguire explained the intimate talk had a profound impact on the Rabbitohs playing group.
"We were honoured to have these men speak to the team. You could hear a pin drop when these men were talking, as our players gained an understanding of the challenges and adversity this group had to overcome," said the head coach.
The visit was supported by Caritas Australia and Souths Cares.