Charities and non-profit organisations will rejoin the excitement of North Queensland Toyota Cowboys game days in Community Corner, kicking off with this Saturday’s home game against the St George Illawarra-Dragons.
Proudly presented by the Townsville City Council, Community Corner returns for the 2021 season with activations in the Queensland Country Bank Stadium precinct after the program turned digital in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Cowboys Chief Community & Government Relations Officer Fiona Pelling said the physical return of the long-standing Community Corner program was a priority after a year’s hiatus.
“Community Corner was introduced as a free space for community organisations to promote their social causes to our passionate Cowboys audience on game days.
“The Cowboys and Townsville City Council are thrilled to have our program organisations back in the stadium precinct to be part of the colour and atmosphere that we all love about Cowboys home games.”
Council community health, safety and environmental sustainability committee chairperson Maurie Soars said Community Corner was a great way to recognise and support some of the charities and non-profit organisations working to support Townsville.
“The Townsville and North Queensland community is lucky to have so many different organisations supporting it, especially when times are tough, as they were last year with COVID-19,” Cr Soars said.
“Council is proud to partner with the Cowboys on this important initiative as a way to raise awareness and support of these organisations and their contribution to the community.”
Welcome to The Good Box
Community Corner welcomes local social enterprise The Good Box for the first home game to raise awareness for their cause and engage with members and fans attending the game.
The Good Box supports people experiencing homelessness by creating a range of thoughtful gift boxes that can be purchased online and are then distributed to over 22 charity partners to help struggling Australians.
The Good Box Co-Founder Gali Blacher is a local Townsville resident and the organisation partners with local charities such as F.E.A.T (Family Emergency Accommodation Townsville) and Orange Sky Australia.
“The Good Box is so excited and honoured to be partnering with the Toyota Cowboys and Townsville City Council to help local Townsville residents experiencing homelessness,” Ms Blacher said.
For more information on The Good Box, visit thegoodbox.com.au or connect with them on Facebook and Instagram @thegoodboxenterprise.
Cowboys v Dragons – Saturday 20 March
What: Cowboys Community Corner, presented by Townsville City Council
Who: The Good Box – selling gift boxes, merchandise and giveaways
Where: Northern plaza (outside gates), Queensland Country Bank Stadium
When: 5pm-6.30pm, Saturday 20 March
Community Corner will be joined in the Northern plaza by activations including the Cowboys membership team and Deadly Choices, with Cowboys giveaways up for grabs.
Tickets for Saturday night’s match are available through cowboys.com.au/tickets.
Main photo: Maurie Soars (Townsville City Council community health, safety and environmental sustainability committee chairperson), Gali Blacher (The Good Box Co-Founder), Ben Hampton