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Queensland Rugby has joined forces with Coles Supermarkets and Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services and will introduce a breakfast club for students at Yarrabah Primary and High School during term four.
The program will offer local students in the predominantly Indigenous community of Yarrabah a healthy and nutritious breakfast twice a week in a move which is expected to further assist in improving school attendance numbers.
Queensland Rugby is involved with the Yarrabah community as part of its Queensland Reds Indigenous Program which earlier this year brought junior Rugby development program, Rookies2Reds, to the local children for the first time.
Queensland Rugby’s General Manager of Game Development David Hanham said the introduction of new programs in the Yarrabah region were driving positive outcomes for the Indigenous community.
“This new initiative as part of the Queensland Reds Indigenous Program will provide local kids with a nutritious breakfast and start their school day off on the right foot,” Mr Hanham said.
“The breakfast club is just another way for Queensland Rugby to give back to the Yarrabah community and continue our work in providing opportunities and positive outcomes for Indigenous communities and especially young Queenslanders.
“The kids also responded really well to Rookies2Reds earlier in the year. We’ve since run a holiday clinic for the local kids, while the Yarrabah Under 12s also just competed in the Queensland Schools U12 Sevens Championships.”
Coles Queensland General Manager Mark Scates said the initiative was the beginning of a broader partnership between Coles and Queensland Rugby’s Indigenous program.
“Fresh food and community support is a big focus for Coles, so we are delighted to be working with the Queensland Rugby and Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services to support this great cause”, Mr Scates said.
The breakfast club program will initially run for eight weeks and will promote the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle while also encouraging school attendance.
Queensland Rugby developed the Queensland Reds Indigenous Program over two years ago to support and encourage young Indigenous Queenslanders to stay in school and to seek employment and further training so they can become leaders within their community.
The program is experiencing significant growth and is returning positive outcomes for communities, and in particular their youth.
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18 SEPTEMBER 2017