Education outcomes and opportunities for NRL Cowboys House students have been given a boost with the Morris Family Foundation joining as a Friend of the House.

The Morris Family Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Cowboys Community Foundation as a contribution to their work in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students on their journey through secondary education.

Established in 2009, the Morris Family Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Morris Group, which owns Townsville’s iconic The Ville Resort-Casino.

The Morris Family Foundation invests in projects and organisations with meaningful social, economic and environmental impact both in Australia, and internationally, supporting innovative organisations that shape real and systemic change.

CEO Michael Jones said the grant for NRL Cowboys House is the latest example of The Ville’s commitment to supporting young Indigenous students, having already supported ongoing employment initiatives for hospitality workers in the local Townsville community.

“The Ville, through Morris Family Foundation, is passionate about supporting projects that provide education and training opportunities for young Indigenous people in Townsville,” Mr Jones said.


“We know that education is key to setting young people up for successful futures, and the dedicated team at NRL Cowboys House has already been doing some incredible work, seeing students not only graduating from secondary education but also moving on to long-term employment and training.


“That’s why we’re proud to be able to provide support to the Cowboys Community Foundation to continue delivering real outcomes for young Indigenous people in North Queensland.”

The Ville Resort-Casino are a long-term major partner of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and have extended their support to the Cowboys Community Foundation and NRL Cowboys House through events such as the annual charity golf day.

The well-established Friend of the House partnership platform provides like-minded businesses with an opportunity to contribute to the vision and purpose of NRL Cowboys House, improving outcomes for students from remote North Queensland communities.

Cowboys Community Foundation Director Fiona Pelling said the grant would be pivotal to ensuring students can achieve individualised outcomes.

“It’s fantastic to welcome the Morris Family Foundation as Friends of the House with the team from The Ville most recently visiting NRL Cowboys House for our National Sorry Day breakfast,” she said.

“The Ville Resort-Casino is one of Townsville’s biggest employers and their commitment to creating opportunities for young people is well-established.

“There is a real values alignment between our two foundations and we look forward to working towards our common goals together.”

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