Six players, 36 schools, 13,802 students, one meet and greet and one come and try clinic capped off a fulfilling four days touring the Fraser Coast as part of the Bulldogs and the NRL’s ‘Tackle Bullying’ Community Carnival.
Capping off a massive month long community carnival; Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Damien Cook, James Graham, Harlan Alaalatoa and David Minute led the Bulldogs charge, spreading the message to students covering schools across Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast in late February.
With great support from the NRL’s Central Queensland Development Officers, players were split across three groups to cover as many schools and see as many students as possible. Players delivered the “Tackle Bullying” educational resources developed by the NRL in conjunction with the Australian Catholic University (ACU), focussing on empowering students and learning skills to cope with difficult social situations.
This year’s 14th annual Community Carnival event is part of the Game’s commitment to make a positive difference in the community and speak out on key social issues. It is the largest community initiative in Australian Sport. The full Bulldogs squad also spent time in 32 schools across the Canterbury and Bankstown area, speaking to over 8000 students about bullying.