Thirty volunteers and people with disabilities supported by the UnitingCare Community Better Futures program will enjoy a special night out tonight with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys' Field of Dreams program.

The Better Futures team is a one-of-a-kind service in North Queensland that assists people with a disability to experience opportunities for community participation and contribution.

The special group will attend tonight's Cowboys v Eels home game at 1300SMILES Stadium, with the support of Field of Dreams partner Townsville City Council.

“The Better Futures service doesn’t receive a lot of recognition for the amazing impact their work has on the lives of people they support, so it’s great that we can provide the opportunity for them to have a good night out and highlight their work to fans at the big game,” Fiona Pelling, Cowboys' General Manager – Community said.

“Each game day, one of our Field of Dreams partners donates 30 home game tickets to a charity in recognition of their valuable contributions to our local community. 

“Townsville City Council’s generous support for the initiative means that everyone attending the game will get to learn about the UnitingCare Community Better Futures team and their fantastic work supporting North Queenslanders with a disability.”

Lorna Sullivan, Director of Disability Services at UnitingCare Community, praised the initiative and the support from Townsville City Council.

“Sports and the Cowboys are a big part of the community life of Townsville. Saturday night’s game will be a great opportunity for the Better Futures team to engage people with a disability within local community organisations,” Ms Sullivan said.

“The generosity of the Townsville City Council in providing game tickets means that our volunteers and clients can relax and spend some extra social time together.” 

For more information on the UnitingCare Community Better Futures program, tel 07 4775 9196 or visit uccommunity.org.au/disability-services.