The Cowboys Community Foundation has joined in with National Volunteer Week to recognise the invaluable contribution made by NRL Cowboys House volunteers.
With fourteen volunteers assisting at the new facility, the national celebration was a prime opportunity to acknowledge the positive influence each House volunteer is having on young lives.
NRL Cowboys House currently offers supported accommodation for 25 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from remote communities in north-west and Far North Queensland, enabling them to access quality secondary education options in Townsville.
House education manager Mary McInnes says the work of the volunteers in providing students with the additional support they need to achieve their goals is priceless.
“It’d be impossible for one person to support 25 boys from year 7-11 from four different schools every day with their homework – we really couldn’t do what we do without them [volunteers],” Ms McInnes said.
“The volunteers have developed a strong bond with the kids during their time here, and often stay to share meals with them after the tutoring sessions – it’s a fulfilling relationship for all involved.”
NRL Cowboys House volunteer Hayley Lancini has been helping tutor the students every week of school since they arrived at the beginning of the year, and says her experience has been very rewarding.
“I'm currently studying for a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education so not only am I able to help the students here, it’s also helping me with my career,” Ms Lancini said.
“Seeing the progress the students are making and watching their light bulb go off when they understand a new piece of work is really the best part about volunteering here.
“I’d really encourage others to participate because it truly makes you understand the importance of education and getting the best start to life.”
Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? NRL Cowboys House is looking for more volunteers to join their team!
If you're interested in becoming a House volunteer, please contact (07) 4727 6400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.