Welcome to the first edition of the Sharks Have Heart monthly newsletter for 2019 as we document the community visits undertaken and the donations and support provided, keeping everyone up to date with all the most recent happenings.
Clean Up, Up Cronulla
Sharks NRL squad members Matt Moylan, Scott Sorensen, Kyle Flanagan and Cruz Topai-Aveai were at North Cronulla Beach during January in support of the inaugural ‘Clean Up, Up Cronulla’ day.
An event aimed at raising awareness about ocean litter, Sharks Have Heart, the Surfrider Cronulla branch, Sutherland Council's waste management department and the Cronulla Chamber of Commerce, teamed up in looking to do their part in helping to ensure the beaches are a clean place for everyone to enjoy.
Approximately 100 members of the community registered on the morning, walking the Cronulla beachfront, alongside the Sharks NRL players, Cronulla MP Mark Speakman and his wife, Mayor Carmelo Pesce and Sutherland Councillors Carol Provan and Michael Forshaw, collecting people's discarded waste, cigarette butts and rubbish.
For more on the Clean Up, Up, Cronulla Day, click on the link to the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader article - https://www.theleader.com.au/story/5848269/cronulla-clean-up-up/
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A ‘mega’ day at Sharks Mega Jaws
Clients from Disability Services Australia enjoyed a fun afternoon on Shark Park as part of the January Mega Jaws clinic.
An initiative catering for adults with a range of challenges including intellectual disability, autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, hearing impairment and physical disability, the Mega Jaws Clinic involves fun-based football skills for what is likely the participants first encounter with rugby league.
The Mega Jaws afternoon also included a dressing room tour.
Young NRL squad member Teig Wilton joined Jason Stanton, Sharks Have Heart Inclusivity Program Co-ordinator, in presenting the Mega Jaws clinic, with Club mascot Reefy another welcome visitor.
Townsend serves up for ‘One Meal’
Sharks star Chad Townsend was a willing helper during January, volunteering his time and donating some training gear at a ‘One Meal’ event held in Sutherland during January.
A Sharks Heave Heart Charity Partner, One Meal, a food service for the homeless, provided a delicious and healthy meal for almost 40 patrons.
One Meal uses a loyal band of volunteers to carry out their vital service, with Townsend an extremely welcome addition to their crew on the night.
Sharks sighted at Wanda Beach
[GN1] Sharks NRL squad members Jayden Brailey and Chad Townsend, along with Club mascot Reefy, posed for photos and signed items for the young fans in attendance at a One Club Surf Carnival held at Wanda Surf Club during January.
Local boys Brailey and Townsend, who between them have chalked up plenty of hours at local beaches during their younger days, Brailey being a former Wanda Nipper, attended the event as part of the Sharks ongoing support of Cronulla's local surf clubs.
Over 500 nippers were at the event on the day.
Sharks supports local Australia Day celebrations
Sharks skipper Paul Gallen was joined by fellow NRL squad members, a collection of Sharks Mermaids and members of the Sharkcrew at the Sutherland Shire Council’s Australia Day celebrations held at South Cronulla Beach.
The Sharks contingent was in attendance to support the Council event and to engage with the public and promote the upcoming 2019 NRL season.
Gallen and the players took part in a signing session with fans, while also assisting at the Shark Cage pass the ball activation.
Sharks Have Heart thank Platinum Partner Capital Bluestone for their continued support of community initiatives and programs
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