NRL Community Carnival visits Central Highlands
NRL Community Carnival came to the Central Highlands with the wellbeing messaged being delivered by Brisbane Broncos players Darius Boyd, Joe Boyce, Ajuma Adams and Travis Waddell. The NRL Community Carnival has been running for the past 15 years and has always looked to spread a message as well as promote junior rugby league.
The players flew in to Emerald on the 16th February and started on the journey to visit 22 schools and hold 3 come and try clinics. The players visited schools in Emerald, Comet, Blackwater, Dingo, Bluff, Mackenzie River, Middlemount, Capella, Clermont, Dysart and Emerald. The message being spread was wellbeing. The players spoke to the schools about healthy eating, playing sport and also competed in some challenges against students and some teachers. The NRL also provided each school with resources as wel as some promotional prizes for students.
The 3 clinics were held in Emerald, Blackwater and Clermont. Over 380 kids took part in activities with the Broncos' players getting heavily involved. "It was fantastic to have the players come out and be involved with the kids out here in the Highlands. Their faces just lit up." said NRL GDO Sally Galloway. Blackwater JRL secretary Megan Raulche said" It was great to have the players come along and sign posters and play games with the kids." Megan also being a teacher at Blackwater State School commented on how well the presentations at the schools were received with wellbeing an important issue at school.
The players and also Catherine Dawson, Community Services Coordinator for the Brisbane Broncos, were very giving of their time and commented on how well behaved the students were. The NRL One Community and thee Broncos should be applauded for bringing the Community Carnival to the Central Highlands as they were very warmly received. After 15 years we hope that the NRL Community Carnival can provide important messages and experience for kids well in to the future.