To coincide with the Queensland Tonga Rugby program’s dedication to contributing to the community both on and off the field, senior players from the “Kidstime FDC” Queensland Tonga rugby teams were recently asked to do some community volunteer work with some of the youth at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre in the Wacol area.
Senior players Mele Akuila, Isaac Helu and Sione Na’a Helu went along and took part in playing games like touch rugby with the kids, sitting down for lunch with them and just generally getting to know the kids at the centre for a few hours.
With the festive season just around the corner especially Christmas, the Queensland Tongan representatives all took great pleasure and fulfilment in getting to spend time with the kids and doing their bit to provide an example of something better for the kids to aspire to in the future.
The elder of the Helu brothers Isaac, was particularly humbled by the experience.
“It broke my heart to see these kids already in the system at such a young age due to a number of different factors.”
“However, it does give you sense of appreciation of your own upbringing and gives you a heightened sense of social responsibility to give back to the community to help these kids, which I’m confident we are doing as an organisation at Queensland Tonga Rugby.”
“These kids need hope, and we can do our bit to provide this to all kids not just the ones at the the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, if we sacrifice something as simple as our time.”
Queensland Tonga is grateful to those responsible at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre for the opportunity to give back to our great community. The experience has no doubt taught our group, that when is there hope for our youth, there is still hope for us all as an entire community.