Who cares? Souths care for Coffs kids

DEAN Widders and David Peachey are much more than footy stars.

They love their people, and are doing what they can to make life better for them.

The dynamic duo was in Coffs Harbour yesterday to kick-start the Souths Cares program in our Aboriginal community.

Dean, who plays for the Rabbitohs, and David, who used to and who is now the Souths Cares ambassador, are passionate about promoting education and healthy lifestyles within the indigenous community.

“We're using our influence as a rugby league team and as rugby league players to send positive messages to kids,” Widders said.

“We're making a difference in an area (Coffs Harbour) where they don't get to see many NRL players or high profile sportsmen and women.

“We're bringing them closer to their dreams, and Souths Cares is about developing community spirit.”

Peachey said the program had been operating successfully in Sydney schools, and was also opening up opportunities for young people to become teachers' aides.

“We've been going into schools and telling the kids what it takes to get to the top if they want to be a sportsman,” Peachey said.

He and Widders yesterday met with representatives of local organisations and addressed a forum of Aboriginal people. Souths Cares general manager, John Hutchinson, said this marked the start of a new relationship with Coffs Harbour.

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