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A group of 30 staff and participants in Cootharinga’s school leavers' program, STARS, will be treated to a special night out when the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys take to the field against the Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium this Saturday night.

The Cowboys’ Field of Dreams initiative and the Cowboys Leagues Club will be making it possible for the group to attend the game as a celebration of their personal achievements and growth as individuals.

STARS is a specially designed program to assist young people of various abilities to set and then achieve their chosen goals. 

Through a mixture of group activities and one-to-one service delivery, STARS participants are given support, guidance and encouragement to develop skills, build independence, make friends, connect to the community and achieve their chosen goals.

The STARS team consists of skilled assistants/trainers who are selected for their knowledge in particular areas.

Activities may include woodwork, cooking, amateur electronics, computer usage, TAFE courses, art, craft, amateur photography and digital art, gym, swimming, sports programs, healthy lifestyle skills, animal care, public transport skills, linking to employment agencies, support for participants who are employed and life skills, such as money recognition, ironing, cleaning and laundry.

“The North Queensland Cowboys Field of Dreams is a fantastic initiative and the generosity of the Cowboys Leagues Club in providing game tickets means that our STARS participants and staff can relax and spend some extra social time together,” Cootharinga STARS coordinator Sala Vateitei said. 

Since it began, the Cowboys Field of Dreams program has given over 2,500 individuals in the community the opportunity to attend a Cowboys game to watch their heroes live in action at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Each game day, a Field of Dreams partner donates 30 home game tickets to a charity in recognition of their valuable contribution to the North Queensland community.

>>> More information: Cootharinga (07) 4759 2000


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North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.