Tuesday 5 November 2013 8:00 AM
2014 will see the Canberra Raiders continue on with their strong Community Programs with a focus on rewarding our members in the community and the players being involved in even more charity, school, hospital and junior league club visits than ever.
In 2013 we had 700 visits for 1000 hours and in 2014 we are looking to keep up this involvement.
Raiders Reaching Out Programs
The following programs are being implemented in the local region by the Canberra Raiders in 2014:
1. Raiders Recess – this program is delivered to thousands of students each year and will be implemented early in the throughout the school year. The program is delivered via the NRL One Community’s EAT WELL, PLAY WELL, STAY WELL DVD presentation to children followed by endorsed messages by the Canberra Raiders players and distribution of a Raiders Recess information/activity book. This activity booklet can be found in PDF format in this community section and contains the "Tap into Water Everyday" initiative, healthy recipes, activities and player eating profiles.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE RAIDERS RECESS BOOK
2. Raiding Junior League – This program has allocated two Canberra Raiders NRL squad players to each of the junior clubs in 2014
Allocated players are able to visit and assist with training sessions during the season as well as providing the opportunity for the children to meet their local NRL team’s players.
As part of the Raiders commitment to junior league, teams are able to play on the surface of Canberra Stadium, pre-game of an NRL match, and line the run out tunnel at Canberra Stadium for the NRL players prior to kick off as part of McDonalds Mini Footy.
3. Tackling Indigenous Health – As a result of the All Stars match played in February each year, the Canberra Raiders implemented a new program in 2010 which still continues in 2013, focusing on closing the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians.
This program is under review and will hopefully continue in 2014.
This program consists of school information and skills sessions related to health issues more prevalent in the Indigenous Community. The program provides the kids with an information booklet containing ways of dealing with and addressing these issues.
A Tackling Indigenous health day is held for Indigenous children before one of the Raiders final home games which includes skills sessions with injured players, a tour of Raiders HQ, a free ticket to the corresponding game and a Raiders gift pack.
In 2013 the Raiders supported hundreds of charitable organisations and events through the donation of products, promotion through players, community events and game day promotion/initiatives. Larger charity organisations that have been supported in the past include:
- The ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group
- Junior Rugby League – including the new junior girls league comp
- The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
- Men of League
- ACT Cancer Council
- White Ribbon Foundation
- The Ben Donohoe Fun Run
- The Terry Campese Foundation
- The Heart Foundation
- ACT Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Hours and Events in the Community
The Raiders players have spent over 1000 hours in the community during the 2013 season with over 700 apperances . Some of these events/initiatives supported include:
- NRL Community Carnival
- Menslink ‘Silence Is Deadly’ Campaign
- Macca's Masterclass
- McHappy Day
- Canberra Raiders CountryLink Charity Golf Day (supporting the ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group)
- Road Safety Messages (RADD)
- ACT Disability Sports Day
- School visits
- Junior League club visits
- Kids in Care Christmas Party
- Supporting the ACT Cerebral Palsy Alliance
- Special Kids Christmas Party
- White Ribbon Day Stalls
- Australia Day Community BBQ
- NAIDOC Week Celebrations
- Recycling Initiatives
- ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show
- Junior League Presentation Evening
- Raiders Reads
Thank you to the community members for their support of our many community projects.
If you would like any further information on any of the above then please contact the Canberra Raiders through our email email@example.com