On Thursday 28th November the Mooloolaba Surf Club saw a host of sports celebrities and community members gather to show their support of SunnyKids at their recent Village Event, demonstrating to supporters how the funds raised go to support initiatives such as the Mentoring Through Sports program.
Mentoring Through Sports is one of many SunnyKids programs offered in several Sunshine Coast schools. The children who are selected to participate identify as most at risk of disengagement. This can present as social and emotional challenges, self-esteem issues, lack of confidence, risk-taking behaviours and absenteeism including academic delays.
At the recent Village Event, the Brisbane Broncos representatives ran the SunnyKids Village members, including board members and regular donors, through activities and drills that they perform with their own rugby league players as well as children in the SunnyKids programs.
“The strategy behind Mentoring Through Sports is to build trust with the kids by connecting with them in a comfortable environment and letting them burn off some energy so that when we sit down together, we can really talk freely.
“They know we’ve got their back when we’re running around on the field, we’re supportive and encouraging. It’s the same when we sit down to talk through feelings and behaviours, we’re here for the kids and they know that. That’s why they feel open to sharing and we’re seeing some incredible results,” explained Jack Reed, former Brisbane Broncos player and lead facilitator of the SunnyKids Mentoring Through Sports Program.
The Mentoring Through Sports program is delivered through 8 sessions covering the key areas of healthy relationships, core values around self and health, and understanding mental and physical health and wellbeing. Where appropriate the participants and their families may benefit from additional SunnyKids case coordination support.
SunnyKids is a local charity working to ensure every child, family and individual who needs help can get it. The Sunshine Coast community identifies up to 5,000 at-risk children every year. In response, SunnyKids provides thousands of nights of emergency accommodation, as well as domestic violence and referral counselling, and partners with health, education and child protection agencies to keep kids safe.
One of the major events that fund the SunnyKids Mentoring Through Sports program to rollout across the Sunshine Coast is the BOQ Maroochydore Celebrity Golf Classic which is locked in for 2020 on 27th March at Noosa Springs Golf Resort and Spa. An incredible line-up of sports celebrities will participate in the Golf Classic, joining the golf teams of local businesspeople and sharing stories at the corporate luncheon.
Already on the guest list is Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico, Richard Champion, Richard Thompson, Guy Leech, Paul Gow, Scott Hill, Corey McKernan, Jack Reed and Paul Dyer, plus more to be announced next year.
The BOQ Maroochydore Celebrity Golf Classic; teeing off for Kids, SunnyKids will be held:
Friday 27th March 2020,
7am – 4pm
Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort
Limited teams remain. Book now via firstname.lastname@example.org
To seek help from SunnyKids or to offer your support, visit www.sunnykids.org.a