The Rabbitohs Foundation proudly acknowledges the remarkable contribution of James ‘Jim’ Hatfield to the ongoing success of the Rabbitohs Pathways Program. With a legacy spanning decades, Jim's dedication has been instrumental in shaping the future of our club.

Having served on the South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Board for seven pivotal years from 2001 to 2007, Jim's leadership was fundamental to our growth. His tenure as a Director of Member Co. since 2006 and his continued involvement on the South Sydney Leagues Club Board until 2014 further underscore his unwavering commitment.

Beyond his boardroom roles, Jim has been a steadfast corporate partner and supporter of the Club for well over a decade, embodying the spirit of community engagement and collaboration.

Nick Pappas

"There are few individuals who have demonstrated the level of commitment and generosity that Jim Hatfield has shown to our Club. From grassroots initiatives to broader community outreach, Jim has become synonymous with the values we hold dear."

Jim's legacy extends beyond his time with us, as evidenced by his structured donation that will endure for up to 37 years. This enduring contribution forms the cornerstone of the newly established Club Next Gen, a pioneering initiative within the Rabbitohs community.

Through donations to the Rabbitohs Pathways Program, individuals will have the opportunity to join Club Next Gen, forging connections with Pathways Players supported by scholarships funded by Jim's generosity. Members will benefit from exclusive insights provided by NRL and Pathways coaches, Club Mentors, and Staff Officials, gaining valuable insights into the progress and development of these promising players.

Join us in celebrating Jim Hatfield's enduring legacy and in shaping the future of the Rabbitohs community together.

For those interested in learning more about how they can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Rabbitohs Foundation before the end of the financial year, we invite you to reach out to Bryce Kellerman at [email protected].

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The Rabbitohs Foundation focuses not only on the Pathways of the Rabbitohs, but there is also a key focus to raise much needed funds for the Clubs community arm Souths Cares.

One of the key programs withing Souths Cares is our Deadly Youth Mentoring Program which was launched by Souths Cares in 2018 in response to the alarming over-representation of Aboriginal youth in the NSW Youth Justice system.

Currently, in NSW Aboriginal young people account for approximately 45% of all young people in custody and are approximately 25 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Aboriginal young people. The Deadly Youth Mentoring Program provides at-risk Aboriginal youth with 6 months of intensive mentoring focusing on education, positive social activities and building connections with Aboriginal culture and community.

Participants who are consistently engaging with the program and achieving their goals receive unique ‘money can’t buy’ incentives associated with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and attend Souths Cares leadership and cultural camps. To be eligible for the program, participants must reside in South Eastern Sydney, be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, aged between 10-17 years old and be at risk of entering the Youth Justice system.

For more information about the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program, please contact Yileen Gordon at [email protected] or Nakia Welsh at [email protected]

You can donate to the Souths Cares Donation page here.

You can also donate to the Rabbitohs Foundation ASF page here.

For those interested in learning more about how they can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Rabbitohs Foundation before the end of the financial year, we invite you to reach out to Bryce Kellerman at [email protected].

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