NRL Community Carnival kicks off


Recently retired NRL stars Danny Buderus, Scott Prince, Ben Ross, Dallas Johnson, Joe Galuvao, Anthony Quinn and Matt King will join with fellow ambassadors and current stars from all 16 NRL clubs in a Rugby League initiative that aims to educate up to 300,000 school children in a month on how to tackle bullying issues.

The newly appointed ambassadors are part of a 24-man team led by NRL Tackle Bullying spokesmen Nathan Hindmarsh and Matt Cooper, who will work alongside clubs throughout the month-long 2014 Community Carnival, which kicks off on Wednesday when the Dragons visit schools in Kiama and ends in Perth at the end of February.

Widely recognised as the largest community initiative in Australian sport, ambassadors and players will use new educational resources developed by the NRL in conjunction with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and aimed at children, teachers and parents to help empower students to cope with difficult social situations.

All ambassadors have also received formal training by leading psychologist Dr Elizabeth Seely-Wait, who helped develop the resources, to be released next week for the first time.

‘We’re all eager to use the resources and knowledge from last week’s training to empower children across the country to stand up for themselves and their peers,’ said Cooper.

‘It’s time we saw bullying eradicated in Australian schools and all of the NRL’s One Community ambassadors are behind making this goal happen.’

The annual event, which last year saw NRL players and ambassadors visit 203,400 children at 840 schools across 358 towns, is part of Rugby League’s commitment to making a positive difference in the community and speaking out on issues of social significance.

‘The NRL is in a unique position to make a positive social difference,’ said NRL Community, Culture and Diversity interim general manager, Mr Mark Deweerd.

‘We hope to give children the confidence and knowledge to cope with bullying and its effects through the powerful vehicle of rugby league.’

A key resource of the anti-bullying program is the NRL’s Tackle Bullying Green Hand, a five-fingered action plan aimed at helping victims to cope and stand up to bullying.

The certified action plan involves the following proactive strategies:

1. Stand Strong

2. Stay Calm

3. Respond Confidently

4. Walk Away

5. Report.

The resource will be distributed throughout the Community Carnival and children are encouraged to contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 if they are finding it difficult to cope and need further support.

Follow the NRL’s 2014 Community Carnival action

Follow all of the amazing community work achieved by players, ambassadors, children, teachers and parents throughout the Community Carnival by logging on to

Share your own stories and experiences with bullying on the NRL and The Daily Telegraph’s Hope Wall.

Give a hand to Tackle Bullying: Pledge your support to Tackle Bullying by posting a picture of your hand painted green or holding the NRL’s Green Tackle Bullying Hand on your social media networks including Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #TackleBullying.

All images will be added to the NRL Community Carnival blog.


The Gold Coast Titans will visit the Tweed Heads region next Tuesday February 4.


2014 Community Carnival Schedule (to date)*

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Please check with NRL Club media managers to confirm visit dates, times and attendees.


Date Team Area
Wed 29 January 2014 St George Illawarra Dragons Kiama
Sunday 2 February 2014 Manly Sea Eagles Kempsey; Bowraville
Monday 3 February 2014 Brisbane Broncos Biggenden; Coulstoun Lakes; Gayndah
Manly Sea Eagles Kempsey; Berowra
Newcastle Knights Denman
Wests Tigers – Local Western Suburbs (local) and Southern Highlands (upper end)
Tuesday 4 February 2014 Brisbane Broncos Burnett; Childers
Cronulla Sharks – Local Sutherland Shire
Gold Coast Titans- Local Tweed Heads Region
Manly Sea Eagles Kempsey; Bowraville
Newcastle Knights Kurri Kurri; Maitland
St George Illawarra Dragons Bega
Wests Tigers – Local Western Suburbs (local) and Southern Highlands (upper end)
Wednesday 5 February 2014 Brisbane Broncos Wide Bay Area
Newcastle Knights Newcastle (Festival of Indigenous Rugby League)
St George Illawarra Dragons Bega
Thursday 6 February 2014 Parramatta Eels Alice Springs
Saturday 8 February 2014 Wests Tigers – Local Western Sydney
Sunday 9 February 2014 Brisbane Broncos – Local Brisbane
South Sydney Rabbitohs Albury
Vodafone Warriors Albany



Monday 10 February 2014 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – Local Canterbury Bankstown
South Sydney Rabbitohs Albury
Tuesday 11 February 2014 Canberra Raiders Narrandera; Leeton
Cronulla Sharks Christchurch, NZ
Penrith Panthers Dubbo; Narromine; Wellington
Wednesday 12 February 2014 Canberra Raiders Griffith
Cronulla Sharks Christchurch, NZ
North Queensland Cowboys Herbert River
Penrith Panthers Lithgow; Bathurst;Mudgee
St George Illawarra Dragons Illawarra
Vodafone Warriors Hamilton
Thursday 13 February 2014 Canberra Raiders Leeton Region
North Queensland Cowboys Herbert River
Melbourne Storm Mildura Region; Melton;Buckley; Essendon;Bayswater; Noble Park
St George Illawarra Dragons Illawarra
Friday 14 February 2014 Melbourne Storm Mildura; Robinvale ; Green Gully; Werribee; Cranbourne South; Bentleigh
North Queensland Cowboys Herbert River
St George Illawarra Dragons Illawarra
Sydney Roosters Central Coast
Saturday 15 February 2014 North Queensland Cowboys Herbert River
Monday 17 February 2014 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Fraser Coast
Tuesday 18 February 2014 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Fraser Coast; Sunshine Coast
Wednesday 19 February 2014 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Sunshine Coast
Friday 21 February 2014 Newcastle Knights Tamworth; Narrabri
Manly Sea Eagles – Local Freshwater Beach
Vodafone Warriors Dunedin
Monday 24 February 2014 St George Illawarra Dragons St George District
Parramatta Eels – Local Parramatta
Penrith Panthers – Local Penrith
Sydney Roosters – Local Sydney


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