Salvation Army in the spotlight this Friday
This Friday night is the Annual Salvos Winter Food Drive which will see Bulldogs in the Community partner - the Salvation Army in the spotlight.by NRL
This Friday night is the Annual Salvos Winter Food Drive which will see Bulldogs in the Community partner - the Salvation Army in the spotlight. In the lead up to the game a number of Bulldogs players have been able to experience firsthand the truly valuable work the Salvation Army do each and every day.
In their work in the local community, Salvation Army work closely with Campsie Public School. A lucky group of students from Campsie Public School's senior rugby league team had the opportunity to visit a training session at Belmore Sports Ground, whilst Bulldogs players Joel Romelo and Marty Taupau took time out of their day to visit the Salvation Army Homework Help group.
Campsie Public School Visit Training
The Salvation Army assisted in bringing twenty lucky students from Campsie Public School's senior rugby league team, who are undefeated in their own competition, to watch the Bulldogs train. It was a wonderful afternoon, with perfect Sydney Winter weather, allowing the students to appreciate firsthand the players in action.
The students were addressed by a number of players including Dene Halatau, Tim Lafai and Steve Turner, as well as a special talk from Bulldogs High Performance Coordinator, Liz Marin who was able to give the boys plenty of statistics and insight.
Steven Pearse from the Salvation Army was delighted with the success of the visit that he believes has value that is spread far and wide.
"Unlike most other things, sport has the ability of uniting people, on the field and as spectators. When it comes to young lives such as the students; sport offers not just the values of hard work, but teamwork and the greater sense of 'belonging' to something greater than self," said Pearse.
"For kids, it's hard for them to look past the hero factor of seeing the players, but they will always remember the experience of something special and hopefully learn that they too are special and valued," Pearse added.
Bulldogs player's Joel Romelo and Marty Taupau experience how the Salvos benefit our community when they attended the local 'Homework Help' program, where they got to go back to school for the afternoon.
The Homework Help Club was developed in consultation with the local community to assist students and young children who may come from a non-English speaking background and simply need to gain more confidence and seek assistance in completing their school work.
The students were very excited to have both Joel and Marty helping them out for the afternoon. The players assisted the students with their work and were asked plenty of questions ? mainly about footy, but after all of the hard work the players were happy to answer them and allow the homework to take a backseat for a little while.
This Friday's game at ANZ Stadium will see the Salvation Army in the spotlight. It is the Annual Salvos Winter Food Drive proudly sponsored by The Express so be sure to come along and bring a canned or non-perishable food item to donate in the food bins at Gate B and Gate K!
Every person that brings a food item will have the opportunity to go into a draw to win a signed Bulldogs jersey!
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