The Souths Cares team were on the road again this week, flying to Perth to deliver Wellbeing Workshops and to promote Rugby League in the lead-up to the Rabbitohs Round 23 NRL match against the Sharks.
On Tuesday the team engaged over 600 students from Hollywood Primary School, Wembley Primary School and West Leederville Primary School, delivering Healthy Relationships, Tackle Bulling and Mental Health workshops. Students also had the opportunity to get active and learn some Rugby League skills with the Western Australia NRL Development team who supported each school visit throughout the tour.
Year 6 Sport Captains from Hollywood Primary School, Jack and Will explained there were some important lessons learnt during the workshops and clinics.
Jack and Will, Hollywood Primary School students
We learnt about how to be great friends and have healthy relationships, the importance of mental health and growing our knowledge of basic football skills. We'll remember this day, and it's going to help us be better athletes, friends and stronger individuals.
On Wednesday the team visited Sutherland Dianella Primary School, Kyilla Primary School and Nollamara Primary School to deliver Healthy Relationships, Mental Health and Gratitude Workshops, engaging over 450 students across the day.
Throughout the tour, Souths Cares were joined by former Rabbitohs player Jason Clark, who returned to Australia only four days prior to making the trip west to Perth.
Jason explained returning to the Rabbitohs and teaming up with Souths Cares felt surreal.
"Being back here with the Rabbitohs and Souths Cares – it’s like I never left. It’s great to work with Rhys and Buddy and you can see how much work has gone into these programs and the impact they have on students".
Club legend John Sutton and the ever-popular Reggie Rabbit joined Souths Cares for their school visits on Thursday, with the team facilitating Rising Stars, Healthy Relationships and Mental Health workshops and promoting Rugby League. Over 400 students from Kent Street Senior High School and East Victoria Park Primary School participated in the workshops and clinics and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to have the star-studded team visit their schools.
Souths Cares were warmly welcomed throughout the Perth tour and were impressed with students' engagement and understanding of the important health and wellbeing topic areas.
The Souths Cares team will be on the road again next week, travelling to Cairns in the lead-up to the Rabbitohs Round 24 match.
The Rabbitohs Wellbeing Program is proudly supported by the Ian and Shirley Norman Foundation.