The Sharks will this week sport a new look from the ground up when they take to the field against the Newcastle Knights.
While recently acquired sleeve sponsor Martec joins LabourHealth on the NRL jerseys, the team will also run out in special yellow and white socks in recognition of disability services organisations and in support of the four Disabled Rugby League teams who will play a curtain-raiser to the big game on Sunday.
The special socks are in support of and supplied by Share Care, a not for profit organisation providing temporary respite to families with a child or young person with a disability.
Some of the programs run by Share Care include after school care, overnight respite, weekend programs, emergency respite, vacation care, play group and community participation.
They currently support over 300 families with close to another 200 families on their waiting list.
Share Care will be set up on family hill on game day where the socks can be purchased for $20. Individuals or teams can also order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 02 9607 4888.
All proceeds from the socks go to Share Care to help them continue and hopefully improve even further the services they provide.
Share Care will also contribute to what is planned to be bumper ‘family fun day’ at Remondis Stadium this Sunday, with two staff members assisting with face painting and handing out balloons.
On a day with a theme of supporting disability services, as pre-game entertainment, in a first for disabled Rugby League, four teams, including the local area squad from the Engadine Dragons to be joined by teams from Penrith, Blacktown and the Illawarra district.
These teams play their footy with an unbridled passion, making it worthwhile getting to Remondis Stadium early to see them perform.