Sharks Have Heart Newsletter - November 2018

Sharks Have Heart, the community arm of the Cronulla Sharks, support numerous community events and initiatives every month.

From supporting NRL game day community partners, to player visits to schools, junior league and local Sutherland Shire sporting events, to providing donations to worthy causes and individuals, Sharks Have Heart has a fingerprint and involvement in numerous areas of the local community.

In spreading the word, while providing opportunity for people and organisations to request support and at the same time encouraging donations so as the important community work can be carried out, Sharks Have Heart has its very own website - www.sharkshaveheart.com.au. You can help us to make a difference by donating to Sharks Have Heart via the dedicated website above.

The website showcases the four pillars of Sharks Have Heart, to Inspire, Grow, Educate and Engage, in addition to providing details on the programs that are currently being run, while also offering the opportunity to track where donations and contributions are being utilised.

For now though, welcome to the November edition of the Sharks Have Heart monthly newsletter, detailing the work that has been done, the community visits undertaken, the donations and support provided as well as some of the things coming up, in keeping everyone up to date with all the most recent happenings.

And in this our final Members newsletter for 2018, on behalf of the Sharks Have Heart team, we would like to personally wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season.

For those wanting to receive the monthly newsletter, head to the Sharks Have Heart website to register.

Sharks walk for White Ribbon
The entire Sharks playing group and coaches, along with football and leagues club staff, joined local officials school children and members of the local community, in walking from Wanda to North Cronulla today in support of White Ribbon Day.

The local area White Ribbon walk was from Don Lucas Reserve to Dunningham Park, while other White Ribbon Day events took place in spreading the positive messages to local communities at numerous venues around the country.

Part of a global movement working to end men's violence against women, the aim of White Ribbon, which is a not-for-profit organisation that works through a primary prevention approach in schools, workplaces and communities across Australia, is to create a society where all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.

The participation of the Sharks, Sharks Have Heart and Platinum Partners Capital Bluestone, was a continuation of efforts to engage with the local community and to support significant events and initiatives.

For more on White Ribbon Australia and the walk, including a Sharks Media video of the event, go to the following link - CLICK HERE

Kirrawee High embrace awareness program
The Sharks were at Kirrawee High School during November in partnering with Elder Aunt Deanna Schreiber to deliver an Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program.

The main theme of the program and Aunt Deanna's presentation was to educate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students about Aboriginal culture in helping bring students together by breaking down cultural barriers.

The Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program, which Aunt Deanna presented at a number of local schools during the year, runs with support and funding from Sharks Have Heart.

The program aligns within the Sharks Have Heart Inclusivity and Diversity pillar and continues our work within the Aboriginal space. Sharks Media was on hand to talk Aunt Deanna, along with Kirrawee High teachers and students about this week's school visit.

CLICK HERE to read more. 

Dugan tackles bullying head on
Josh Dugan threw his support behind Brett Murray and the Make Bullying History Foundation at a special community forum held at Sharks Leagues Club during the month of November.

A topic which Dugan is passionate about, the Sharks star spoke candidly of his experiences and explained in this special Sharks TV presentation why the messages Murray and the Foundation express are so important to young people and to society in general.

CLICK HERE to see what Josh has to say in support of Make Bullying History, in a special Sharks TV production.

Sharks support the Cook Classic
Sharks Have Heart threw their support behind the IMB Cook Community Classic, an event which provides a fundraising platform for Sutherland Shire and St George region community groups including sports clubs, local charities, school P&Cs and other organisations.

The event was held in Dunningham Park adjacent to North Cronulla beach, with the Sharks Have Heart team, the membership tent, merchandise van and a pass the ball activation adding to the festivities on the day. Club mascot Reefy was also on hand to greet fans throughout the day.

An Open Water swim yesterday capped off a Cook Community Classic year, following on from the event launch at Elouera Surf Club in June and the Sylvania BMW / Caringbah Rotary Gala Ball which was held on October 27 at Doltone House Sylvania Waters.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is the Patron of the Cook Community Classic, with Sharks Have Heart and Woolooware Bay amongst the event partners.

To read more about the Cook Commnity Classic and the Sharks involvement, go to the following link - CLICK HERE.

Christmas Toy Drive
The Cronulla Sharks and Sharks Have Heart need your help in spreading the Christmas cheer with our annual Christmas Toy Drive.

Now under way, we're aiming to collect as many toys as possible before December 7, with Sharks players hand delivering the toys across 4 locations around the Sutherland Shire and Sydney on Wednesday, December 12.

Players will be visiting Sutherland hospital, Civic Disability Services, Sylvanvale and Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick.

You can drop off your unwrapped toys for children of all ages under the collection tree located inside the Sharks Leagues Club, right next to reception, up until December 7.

Get involved, donate some toys and join us in delivering some very big smiles to young faces this Christmas!

To support Sharks Have Heart in the delivery and sustainability of their programs and initiatives, donations can be made – CLICK HERE – to help make a difference in the community.