Above: a view of the action at the Knockout which was won this year by Newcastle, who defeated Griffith. This is good news for Novacastrians who are sure to be out in force in 2018 to cheer their local team on!
By Jade Ryall
Flourish Australia hosted a stall at the 2017 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout. The Knockout, often described as a “modern day Corroboree”, is a four-day carnival of fiercely contested, tough, world-class Rugby League. Far more than a sporting event, it is an opportunity for families to gather, reunite as a community and barrack for their hometown and mob.
Thank you to all of those who were involved in the proposal, planning and volunteering at the event: it was a great success! Our stall was at Sportsground number 3 at Leichhardt Oval. We had eight volunteers over the long weekend. Over 35,000 people went to the event over four days between Friday September 29 and Monday October 2.
We had people visit our stall from over 30 towns and cities across NSW. There were visitors who knew our organisation, people who were looking for supports, people who currently work for us, people who have accessed our services across NSW and other workers from the sector. A wonderful highlight was that anyone who accessed our service, knew someone who had or worked with us all said great things about Flourish Australia.
Celebrity corner! Above: Anthony Mundine with Adele. Below: Greg Inglis with our team and banner. We were so grateful to Greg Inglis for visiting our stall & signing one of our hats! He is such an inspiring person and role model for our young people.
Our stall was a big hit with the kids mostly: some stayed for a couple of hours each day, practising with their yoyos, and they even helped us hand out merchandise! There were some great moments between many Uncles, competing to do the most impressive yoyo tricks, and the kids were loving watching them, too. We gave out thousands of rocket footballs, drink bottles, light up yoyos, mints, lanyards, hats, pens, fidget spinners and brochures.
We also had a way of helping people connect with us after the event by inviting people to complete their details and areas of interest for support so that a person from their local service can get in touch.
Anthony Mundine and Greg Inglis came by our stall to have a photo with us which was so great.
So many opportunities have sprung from our presence there. I’m looking forward to exploring them with our teams and other organisations who got in touch. A post event report is being prepared.
A great effort from everyone involved. Thank you!
Above: It’s obvious that the Moree Boomerangs were here for the footy!
Above: Adele (left) and Jade with the merchandise
Above: Some of the merchandise we handed out
Above: “‘ello ‘ello, wot do we ‘ave ‘ere then?” said the Constable. ‘They are harmless Flourish Australia rocket footballs,’ said Jade. ‘A likely story,’ said the Constable. ‘We are going to ‘ave to take these down the station to run some tests…’