Toyota changing lives at NRL Cowboys House

The life-changing opportunities for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at NRL Cowboys House are set to flourish with a generous donation from House partner Toyota Australia.

Toyota and the North Queensland Toyota Dealers will continue their long-standing support of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and the Cowboys Community Foundation with the donation of a fabulous 2.0L Petrol Corolla Hatch Ascent Sport for fundraising for NRL Cowboys House.

The Toyota Corolla Hatch Ascent Sport, valued at $27,822 driveaway, is packed with the latest Toyota performance and safety technology and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, seven SRS airbags and a 5-star 2018 ANCAP rating.

The fantastic Toyota Corolla Hatch Ascent Sport!
The fantastic Toyota Corolla Hatch Ascent Sport!

Established in 2017, NRL Cowboys House is home to 84 students across the Boys and Girls Campuses in 2019 and is set to grow to its capacity total of 104 students for the start of the 2020 school year.        

The House is a unique and supportive accommodation solution for young people from some of the nation’s most geographically disadvantaged communities, enabling access to Townsville secondary schools and a supported transition to employment or further education.

Today’s announcement builds on Toyota’s commitment to NRL Cowboys House and its students, following the previous donation of a Toyota Coaster to the Boys Campus for transporting students to school and extra-curricular activities.

Antonio Winterstein, NRL Cowboys House Career Transitions Officer & student Hakeem Peters
Antonio Winterstein, NRL Cowboys House Career Transitions Officer & student Hakeem Peters

Toyota is also creating real-life opportunities for young House student Hakeem Peters from Doomadgee, who is completing a school-based traineeship with Mike Carney Toyota, through registered training organisation Tec-NQ.

Sean Hanley, VP of National Sales & Marketing Operations for Toyota Australia, visited the Girls Campus with Cowboys Community Foundation Director Jeff Reibel for today’s announcement.

Mr Hanley said how honoured he was to have the opportunity to experience firsthand the new facilities and to be able to further show Toyota Australia’s support of such a worthy initiative through the donation of the Corolla.

“Toyota Australia and NRL Cowboys House have a long history together. Since 2003, Toyota has been the Principal Partner of the mighty Cowboys, and since its establishment in 2017, a partner of NRL Cowboys House,” Mr Hanley said.

“In the relatively short period of time since opening its doors, we’ve witnessed NRL Cowboys House go from strength to strength and continually find new ways to offer life-changing opportunities for these students.

Toyota Australia is very proud to have such a strong partnership with NRL Cowboys House and we sincerely hope the funds raised will go some way towards assisting with the great work done within the community.

Sean Hanley, VP of National Sales & Marketing Operations for Toyota Australia
Sean Hanley & Jeff Reibel
Sean Hanley & Jeff Reibel

Mr Reibel welcomed Toyota’s significant contribution to the Cowboys Community Foundation’s fundraising efforts to support the House.

“On behalf of NRL Cowboys House, the Cowboys Community Foundation and the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, I thank Toyota Australia for their wonderful gesture and for sharing our vision,” Mr Reibel said.

The funds we raise from the donation of this fantastic new Corolla will support additional services for our students, including tutoring, health and wellbeing, and participation in sports and extracurricular activities.

Jeff Reibel, Cowboys Community Foundation Director

“This facility is changing these young lives by removing distance as a barrier to accessing education and providing the stability and support our students need to be able to fulfil their potential, and we are delighted to be doing this alongside our long-term partner, Toyota Australia.”

Details on the Cowboys Community Foundation’s fundraising campaign for the Corolla Hatch Ascent Sport will be announced in the coming months.