Raiders to Tackle Bullying in over 30 regional schools

The Raiders will kick off their Community Carnival campaign today with players including exciting talent Edrick Lee visiting more than 8000 children in 31 regional NSW schools in three days to deliver the NRL’s “Tackle Bullying” program.

The Raiders will visit schools at Narrandera and Leeton in the NSW Riverina to help empower children to deal with difficult social situations as part of the game’s anti-bullying program, developed by the NRL in conjunction with the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Ambassadors and players from every NRL club will deliver new “NRL Tackle Bullying” educational resources to students, teachers and parents as part of the 2014 Community Carnival which is expected to reach almost 300,000 children this month.

"The Tackle Bullying campaign is a fantastic initiative by the NRL and everybody here at the Raiders is proud to be involved in it," Lee said. "There's simply no place for bullying in society and I can't wait to get out to the schools to try and stamp out bullying."

Widely recognised as the largest community program in Australian sport, this year all ambassadors have received formal training from leading psychologist, Dr Elizabeth Seeley-Wait to ensure the messages are communicated in the most effective way. 

Pledge your support to Tackle Bullying by posting a picture of your hand painted green or holding the NRL's 'Green Tackle Bullying Hand' on your social media networks including Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #TackleBullying

The NRL will choose the best four photos for a public vote at the end of March. The most popular photo will win two tickets to the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.

Head to nrl.com/CommunityCarnival for more details and terms and conditions.

Follow all of the amazing community work achieved by players, Ambassadors, children, teachers and parents throughout the Community Carnival by logging on to nrl.com/CommunityCarnival

Share your own stories and experiences with bullying on the NRL and The Daily Telegraph's Hope Wall at http://bit.ly/TackleBullying