Through its community arm Sharks Have Heart, the Sharks help, inspire, engage, educate and advance equality by supporting a variety of community programs. See the October 2020 newsletter which details the recent efforts of Sharks Have Heart and the initiatives and organisations it supports
School Holiday Aboriginal Painting
A free school holiday program was held at Sharks at Kareela during October aimed at promoting Aboriginal Cultural Awareness.
In aligning with the Sharks commitment to their Reconciliation Action Plan, through creating awareness for the Aboriginal Culture in our community, the activity was led by local elder Aunty Deanna Schreiber with 10 youngsters guided in painting their own Aboriginal art design on a canvas and for them to keep.
It is planned that this activity will take place free of charge once again in the January school holidays.
Jason a Westfield Local Hero
Jason Stanton is the extremely worthy recipient of the Westfield Local Heroes Award with the $10,000 prize money going towards the award-winning Skillz4me program and those who take part in the outstanding initiative.
Nominated for the Westfield award by the Sharks, who also support Skillz4me, which is a program providing children with disability the opportunity to take part in weekly sport and social activities that help them develop their physical and social skills.
Jason and the Skillz4me team also provide ongoing support to the parents of children with disability.
For more on the Skillz4me program go to the following link – CLICK HERE
Deadly Choices school program kicks off
With easing COVID19 restrictions, the Sharks supported Deadly Choices Education program has kicked off with Aboriginal and Torres Strait students from Endeavour High School Clontarf Academy and the Kirinari Aboriginal Hostel taking part.
The Deadly Choices Education program provides health education to students, while encouraging them to be role models and leaders in their families, peer groups and in the community through leading a healthy lifestyle.
In Aboriginal slang, if something is ‘deadly’ it is great and as such a Deadly Choice is a good choice, with the Sharks-backed program aimed at encouraging the community to make such choices each day.
The eight-week Deadly Choices Education program is delivered in a flexible manner and addresses leadership, chronic disease, tobacco cessation, nutrition, physical activity, harmful substances, healthy relationships and provides access to health services and health checks.
Students are rewarded for program attendance, good behaviour, school attendance and completing the program, with incentives including Deadly Choices merchandise, the chance to win prizes and an opportunity to participate in end of year camps.
The program encourages participants to embrace their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and further develop their understanding of their culture, while also promoting two-way and peer-to-peer collaboration as a successful way of learning how to make ‘Deadly Choices’ every day.
As a tool to direct good health and education practices the Deadly Choices program continuously reflects on leadership as a cornerstone of healthy lifestyle behaviours, encouraging friends, family and community to do the same.
For more information or to enquire about running the Deadly Choices Education program in your school or community group, email Rachal Allen, Sharks Indigenous Programs Officer at [email protected]
Limited Edition SHH item soon to be released
Stay tuned for a very special limited-edition Sharks Have Heart item, which is set to be released later this month.
A new initiative at the Sharks and unique amongst NRL clubs, this will be a collectors item, so be sure to keep an eye on Sharks media channels for an announcement and more information coming very soon.
Sharks Have Heart thank Woolooware Bay for their ongoing support which allows us to deliver our Sharks Have Heart community programs and initiatives.