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Donation spells success for Girls Campus

When Kunjarra and Nyriya return to NRL Cowboys House in early 2021, they’ll be wired for success with new technology for learning and assessment to kick off their new school year.

Thanks to a generous donation by House partner Variety – The Children’s Charity and Cowboys Platinum partner Bravus Mining & Resources, the 50 girls of NRL Cowboys House will have access to nine new laptops in the education hub for the Girls Campus.

Kunjarra Yeatman-Nobel (Year 8, Kirwan State High School) and Nyriya King (Year 7, Heatley Secondary College), both from Yarrabah in Far North Queensland, welcomed Variety CEO Steve Wakerley and Bravus Community Engagement Manager Sharon Hoops to the House for delivery of the devices.

With students heading off to their 23 communities for the Christmas holidays, House General Manager Rochelle Jones and her team have already begun planning for the January arrivals, which will now include integrating their new laptops into education plans.

“Each student has their own individual learning plan managed by our education team and with the fantastic donation of these laptops we can now allocate more research and study time across our devices,” Ms Jones said.

“Technology is already part of their schooling and many of our students are not as familiar with using computers as their Townsville peers.

“We are so grateful to Variety and Bravus for their thoughtful contribution to our education program, which is the focus of our work here at NRL Cowboys House.”

For Steve Wakerley, the donation is a natural continuation of the partnership between Variety – The Children’s Charity and NRL Cowboys House, established in 2019.

“We were fortunate to receive a grant of $10,000 from Bravus Mining & Resources and knew that we wanted to continue our fit-out of the Learning Centre on the Girls Campus,” Mr Wakerley said.

“Our goal was to make sure the funds would be put to the best possible use so we’ve been working closely with Rochelle and the team on introducing equipment that works in with the systems already in place.

“We’re very proud to be partnered with NRL Cowboys House and to support the learning environment available for these students, to help give them every opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Bravus Mining & Resources CEO David Boshoff said the organisation was proud to partner with NRL Cowboys House on the technology initiative.

“Education is the cornerstone of our community programs and we’re thrilled to be supporting NRL Cowboys House in their efforts to remove distance as a barrier to education,” Mr Boshoff said.

“Bravus have a strong connection with the Cowboys’ community programs already through the Adopt-a-School program and we’re excited to be helping the House students of 2021 get a head start on their studies.

“Variety and the Cowboys Community Foundation are helping change lives for disadvantaged young people and we look forward to the opportunity to work together again.”

Steve Wakerley (CEO, Variety – The Children’s Charity), Nyriya King, Kunjarra Yeatman-Nobel and Antonio Winterstein (NRL Cowboys House Career Transition Officer)

 

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