This year, as part of the annual Community Carnival, the Dyldam Parramatta Eels will be joining the NRL in spreading the Tackle Bullying message to kids across Australia.
Eels legend Nathan Hindmarsh is a proud spokesman for the month-long initiative, and with the help of a 24-man team and the NRL community, the Carnival aims to educate up to 300,000 school children on how to “tackle bullying” issues.
Current players are a key part of Tackle Bullying, and the Eels squad will be spreading the message to kids both in the local Parramatta District area, and in the Northern Territory when the team visits Alice Springs in February.
The squad will kick off their part in the Community Carnival in Alice Springs, visiting 16 schools and taking with them a range of new educational resources, including the iconic "Tackle Bullying Green Hand".
It's a simple five-fingered action plan aimed at helping victims to cope and stand up to bullying, using five key strategies:
1. Stand Strong
2. Stay Calm
3. Respond Confidently
4. Walk Away
Keep an eye out for the Blue and Gold out in the Territory and around our local area sharing the “Tackle Bullying” message throughout February, and send us your photos with the Eels or the Tackle Bullying hand using the hashtag #TackleBullying!
You can follow all of the amazing community work achieved by players, Ambassadors, children, teachers and parents throughout the Community Carnival by clicking here, and anyone who has their own experience of bullying can share that story on the NRL and The Daily Telegraph's Hope Wall.
Eels School Visits in the Northern Territory:
Acacia Hill Special Needs School
Araluen Christian School
Bradshaw Primary School
Braitling Primary School
Centralian Middle School
Centralian Senior College
Gillen Primary School
Larapinta Primary School
OLSH College - Sadadeen Campus
Ross Park Primary School
Sadadeen Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Flexible Learning Centre
St Philip's College
Alice Springs School Of The Air
Are you - or is someone you know - finding it difficult to cope? Remember you can always contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 for support.