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Souths Cares and UNSW spread the message of education to rural schools

Last week South Sydney Rabbitoh Ethan Lowe was joined by Club Legend John Sutton and Souths Cares Ambassador Yileen Gordon, to help educate over 1000 Students from Wellington Primary School, Wellington High School and Lithgow High School alongside representatives from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Since 2012, Souths Cares has been facilitating the Regional trips; a health promotion initiative for primary and high school students.

The Oral Health & Nutrition Program is built upon the belief that ‘prevention is better than a cure’ and through teaching students about oral health, nutrition and physical activity, we can reduce the impact of diseases such as tooth decay, diabetes and obesity in the future.

The Gratitude Program emphasises the importance of kindness and gratitude and provides students with skills to practice daily gratitude.

"A big thank you to Souths Cares for coming to Wellington Public School," said Chantelle Thompson - a teacher at Wellington Primary School.

The activities were great and well organised as were the presenters. The students all enjoyed themselves.

These programs took part in the lead up to the Charity Shield so the buzz around the place was felt amongst the kids and school teachers as the Rabbitohs players entered the school grounds.

UNSW were proud to continue their partnership with Souths Cares to engage primary and high school students in their learning journey. Souths Cares provided the opportunity for UNSW to visit these school kids and talk about University programs and career opportunities to prepare them for life after school. 

UNSW focussed on:

  • Promoting University as accessible to everyone no matter where they live or their socio-economic status
  • Students starting to discover if University is right for them
  • Highlighted specific UNSW programs including Nura Gili that supports Indigenous students studying at UNSW.

Souths Cares Ambassador, Yileen Gordon said “It was both humbling and a privilege to be in these communities, coming out here to spread these great messages”.

“The response has been terrific (from the students). We also have UNSW on board so they’ve been a great addition to our trip, as well as the NRL development officers."

Rebecca Hamment, teacher at Lithgow High School thanked everyone for visiting Lithgow High School.

‘’The presentations to our students were fabulous. It covered a wide range of information that will certainly help our students consider options for their futures.

"The information about the range of pathways, the study options and the discussions about careers from a range of people, was very inspiring.’’

“There has already been a lot of very positive feedback from students and certainly stimulated discussion about the presentation and different options the students are now considering.”

“The great combination of sport, education and the future certainly engaged our young people!”

Once again a big thank you to Souths Cares for organising this wonderful learning for our students."

Souths Cares will continue to visit regional and remote towns in 2020.