Huawei and the Canberra Raiders will join forces this weekend to raise awareness and money for the Police Citizens Youth Club’s Rise Up initiative.

The Raiders and Huawei will use this weekend’s Round 8 NRL clash with the Penrith Panthers at McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga as a platform to promote the great work of the PCYC and raise important funds.

Huawei Corporate Relations and Programs Manager, Ms Lisa Connors said Rise Up was an important initiative to help at-risk young people secure a job.

“Huawei is proud to support a program that is helping vulnerable young people build resilience and find hope,” Ms Connors said.

“Huawei will match all the money raised at the game, so I encourage fans to look out for the collection buckets and give generously.”

Canberra Raiders CEO, Don Furner said the club was delighted to support the fundraising initiative.

“We’re thrilled to be giving back to the Riverina region that has provided us with so much of its footballing talent and supported our club so strongly over many years,” Mr Furner said.

Huawei partner, the Clontarf Foundation is also supporting the initiative by providing students from the Mt Austin Academy to help fundraise on game day and assist with the inner sanctum operations of a Raiders match-day.

Wagga Wagga PCYC Club Manager, Brett Somerville said, the PCYC was grateful for the amazing support and opportunity to profile the work of the PCYC.

“We work hard to give kids that are doing it tough the best opportunities to get ahead and support like this vitally important.”

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Clontarf Foundation

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.

Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for over 6,500 boys in 97 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Rise Up

RISEUP is a new strategy developed by the NSW Police Commissioner, connecting disengaged young people to workplace opportunities. RISEUP incorporates job ready programs, mentoring and vocational training for at risk youth aged between 15 and 18 to build their engagement with education, employment opportunities and the community. The initiative aims to partner with employers across NSW to create meaningful workplace opportunities for young people who’ve embraced positive change in their lives. The foundations of the initiative focus on early intervention to prevent and disrupt crime. It is a collaborative approach with Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) NSW and industry leaders to achieve positive outcomes for young people and divert them from the criminal justice system.