The Cronulla Sharks have continued their hard work both on the training paddock and also in the local community leading into Christmas.
The Sharks embarked on school visits, attended community events and sponsor activations and ‘patrolled’ the Shire by dropping into a variety of local area shopping hubs, interacting with the fans over two weekends.
Then shortly before their festive season break the Christmas Community Blitz involved visits to Sylvanvale Pre-School and the Sutherland and Randwick Children’s hospital’s where the playing group handed out gifts and put smiles on the faces of those struggling at this special time of year.
See following some key events the club and players have supported during the month of December.
• 300 NRL game player and now-Sharks NRL Elite Development coach John Morris attended Kirrawee HS, presenting a prestigious sports award.
• Tinirau Arona attended Cronulla High School presentation afternoon, handing out the school’s sports award.
• New Shark Sol Houma and young star Fa’amanu Brown helped the Sharks support local disability services organisation Sylvanvale at their ‘Fun in the Sun’ event and fundraiser. The players handed out prizes, signed autographs and engaged with the fans at a ‘pass the ball’ station.
• Shark Patrol – the full squad was engaged in the second Sharks Patrol’s on Saturday 6/12, with the players deployed to Engadine and Cronulla shopping malls where they interacted with fans, handed out membership and club information, signed autographs and posed for photos.
• Paul Gallen and Jeff Robson attended a BBQ lunch last weekend for the successful bidder at a charity auction. The auction and the attendance of Paul and Jeff, who volunteered to attend the event in their own time, raised over $7000 for the charity.
• Jack Bird, Michael Ennis, Mitch Brown, Kyle Stanley, Nathan Gardner and Matt Prior attended Sylvanvale’s Mikarie Centre Pre-School to spread some Christmas joy and hand out presents donated by the Sylvania Waterways Residents. The Sharks were able to also donate a number of gifts directly to the pre-school for their future use.
• Michael Gordon, Gerard Beale, Junior Rociqa, Blake Ayshford and Anthony Moraitis paid a Christmas Community Blitz visit to Sutherland Hospital, while Anthony Tupou, Tinirau Arona, Pat Politoni, Nu Brown, Sosaia Feki and Ricky Leutele dropped into the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick. Again the Sharks would like to thank the Sylvania Waterways Residents for their generous donation of gifts which the players handed out to patients at the two hospitals.
• Sam Tagataese and Jacob Gagan attended Kari’s Christmas Carols at the Whitlam Centre, Liverpool. The Christmas Carols event has been running for 10 years.
• A large contingent of the NRL playing squad participated in the annual sponsor’s golf day at Woolooware Golf Course. Each player was partnered up with a Sharks sponsors, with Tinirau Arona a member of the winning team. Paul Gallen and Michael Ennis were amongst those to attend post golf for a panel discussion about the season ahead.
• Luke Lewis attended the Pontifex Jewellers Christmas Shopping night at Southgate, Sylvania. Pontifex were a Sharks player sponsor in 2014.
• Ben Barba and Sam Tagataese congratulated the winner of the Sutherland Holden-Sharkies Leagues Club Car draw at the Sutherland Holden Showroom. The pair took part in the key hand-over ceremony, posed for a photo and congratulated the lucky winner Peter Phillips, who drove away in a brand new Holden Captiva.
For the 2015 season, which commenced upon the November return to training for the NRL squad, the Cronulla Sharks have achieved 348 hours in the community in total across 121 appearances.