A group of 20 underprivileged children from Chinchilla and the far-west will this week make their way to Brisbane for a rare opportunity to meet some of their rugby league heroes and train on the Brisbane Broncos home turf.
The event, organised by Broncos’ sponsor Four’N Twenty in conjunction with Chinchilla businesses Stayover by Ausco and Spotless, aims to keep the rugby league passion alive for kids in the drought-stricken far-west.
Stayover by Ausco Operations Manager Bill Karibalis said the kids attending were from local schools and the Drought Angels initiative. Many are unable to play rugby locally due to dry conditions, while others live up to hundreds of kilometres from local footy clubs.
“We’ve got the absolute most deserving group of kids together for this event and are really excited to be able to give them this opportunity,” Mr Karibalis said.
“We know how tough these families are doing it out west and it’s great to be working together with like-minded businesses like Spotless, Four’N Twenty and of course the Brisbane Broncos to bring it all together.”
Mr Karibalis said Ausco was grateful for the support from the Broncos and its partners and proud to be a part of events which give back to the community.
“We place a huge focus on supporting the regional communities in which we operate and are happy to help out with events like this wherever we can.”
Brisbane Broncos Chief Executive Paul White said the Broncos were excited about being part of this opportunity for a group that does not often get close contact with the NRL.
“We are certain our players will have just as much fun as the children on a special afternoon like this,” Mr White said.
Queensland State Manager for Patties Foods, the brand custodian for Four’N Twenty, Rod Anderson said he understood the importance that sport plays in the lives of children and in particular those experiencing significant challenges due to their individual circumstances.
“If we are able to alleviate these circumstances even just ever so briefly by introducing the children to their heroes is a great privilege and seeing the smiles on the faces of the children is reward in itself,” Mr Anderson said.
- Stayover by Ausco: Siobhan Davey, PPR, 07 3309 4721 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Four’N Twenty/Patties Foods: Rod Anderson, Patties Foods, QLD State Manager, 0438 329 885 or firstname.lastname@example.org