With a football tucked under their arms and wide smiles on their faces more than 40 local children took part in the inaugural Walk With Me 4 Autism's All Abilities Rugby League recently.
It was almost 12 months in the making for the event to come to fruition and organisers Sonya Olsen and Judy Fenn deemed the day a huge success.
“We had a good attendance of players and family along with supporters,” Sonya said.
“The atmosphere was contagious with laughter and pure joy.”
Sonya said there was more than 65 registrations of players aged between five and 15 years and of all abilities.
“(We) feel a sense of relief that our dream thanks to NDRL and most importantly Walk With Me 4 Autism has become a reality,” she said.
“Giving kids with special needs the chance to play a team sport alongside their peers in a supportive and inclusive environment.
“We strive to provide a place where children are accepted no matter their disability or capability.”
Sonya thanked the community for its support and she said the mentors enjoyed helping the children learn new skills in a fun environment.
“It is all about having fun and being outdoors fostering the health and wellbeing of all children,” Sonya said.
“The mentors commented that seeing the kids’ faces having fun makes it all worthwhile.
“We wish to thank all our sponsors and partnerships we have formed with NDRL, NRL, Bundaberg Regional Council, Bendigo Bank, Auswide, Carer Gateway and the Canterbury Bulldogs.”
The next All Abilities Rugby League Day will be held on 7 August at Brothers in Bundaberg before returning to Gin Gin on 14 August.
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