Anticipation is building for the Arthur Beetson Foundation Future Immortals Tour that will make its way through Hope Vale, Cooktown and Wujal Wujal from 6-10 September. More than 20 of the nation’s most treasured rugby league stars will participate in activities that encourage communities to live well, play well and be well.
A partnership between Gungarde Community Centre, Hope Vale Foundation, My Pathway and Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council has curated the events. The program provides opportunities that will empower communities to be happier, healthier and more productive.
Former rugby league player, Petero Civoniceva, said the Tour had provided a chance to get involved in the community and take part in cultural activities.
“I know I can speak on behalf of all the former NRL players, we’re looking forward to getting up to see Hope Vale, Cooktown and Wujal Wujal,” he said.
“We’re excited to mix with the community, explore some of the beautiful local sites and take part in some amazing activities. And, of course we’re keen to play some football with players from the region.”
Civoniceva will be joined by other big sporting names including Brenton Bowen, Nathan Blacklock and Willie Tonga to name a few.
My Pathway Regional Manager, Josie Flores, said that each community had opportunities to meet with and learn from national role models.
“Community celebrations can be incredibly positive to help promote self-worth, determination and improve social cohesion,” she said.
“Our intention is to inspire our community to take steps that will assist their overall wellbeing. This extends to accessing good healthcare, housing, food and education; the ability to participate in social activities, sports and employment; and being able to give back.
“The excitement generated by our rugby league greats will create positive environments for people to consider how they live well, play well and generally be well.”
Over four days the players will be participating in smoking ceremonies, school and community appearances, cultural activities, coaching clinics, exhibition matches and fundraising events.
A full list of events can be found at abffit.com.au.