NRL FOOTBALL might be a tough and sometimes unforgiving arena but rugby league is also about fairness and inclusion.
That’s why this year’s NRL One Community Carnival is spreading the anti-bullying message to children around Australia and New Zealand.
Manly Sea Eagles players Jamie Lyon, David Williams, Steve Matai and others are touring the region this week to help “tackle bullying” with Wee Waa, Bingara and
Warialda on the radar yesterday.
“Wolfman” Williams was one of the stars chosen to launch the carnival in Sydney last week and spoke to students at Bingara Central School about how to stop bullying in their school.
“It’s good to get to schools and take messages that will help them in their lives,” David Williams said.
“Bullying has been around in schools since anyone can remember, and even in society, with cyber bullying has coming along recently.
“If they can learn that it’s not on, hopefully it will register with them not to do it.”
He, Matai and Michael Chee Kam spoke about how to identify bullying, seek help and also how to help others who are affected.
Jamie Lyon was in his home town of Wee Waa with David Gower and Liam Foran, spreading the same message yesterday.
They also handed out gifts and signed autographs wherever they went and assisted local league clubs with their registration drive for the upcoming season.
In previous years the community carnival has targeted healthy eating and exercise, education and tolerance and those messages remain part of the carnival’s focus.
Today it’s Moree’s turn to welcome the Sea Eagles players with activities at the PCYC from 2pm and a coaching clinic from 4pm at Boughton Oval.