THIS weekend, Rockhampton Brothers Junior Rugby League Club (RBJRLC) is inviting rugby league participants to wear red as part of its special “Go Red For Daniel” event, as they aim to raise funds and awareness for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
All 24 Rockhampton Brothers junior sides and coaches; from Under 6 to Under 18, will sport red armbands with families and spectators also encouraged to wear red to promote child safety awareness, not just within the club, but the local community as well.
The Brothers club is the first club to approach the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to stage such an initiative, with the club also in long-term partnerships with Camp Quality and Cancer Council Queensland.
During the past four years, RBJRLC have raised more than $8000 and grown community awareness for these organisations. This has been made possible through the tremendous support from local volunteers.
RBJRLC representative Michael Fletcher said the local community has truly embraced the concept.
“We go through life thinking something that happened to Daniel cannot happen in our community, unfortunately there are elements out there that will try and take advantage of our sometimes laidback attitudes as we are a big country town,” he said.
“We believe that this program is an excellent avenue for not only our parents, but the community as a whole to take on board.”
The club encourages all supporters to support the Daniel Morcombe Foundation by going online to www.danielmorcombe.com.au to purchase merchandise to wear over this weekend and to also donate.
Fletcher said this event was another way Brothers is giving back to the community.
“Not only are we promoting rugby league skills, team work and sportsmanship, we also promote social skills and charity work is part of that,” he said.
“We’re working with our future doctors, fireman, charity workers, teachers and the social skills they learn as part of our club hopefully goes a long way to helping them succeed in future life, be it sport, studies or work.”
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established as a lasting legacy to Daniel and now has two main aims; to educate children on how to stay safe in physical and online environments and to support young victims of crime.
Visit www.danielmorcombe.com.au for more information and resources.