The Illawarra Hawks are proud to announce the extension of their partnership with Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) for the upcoming 2017/18 Season. Southern Youth & Family Services who will this year be the Hawk’s Official Charity Partner, first joined the Club last Season and immediately realised the benefits of having the young people they work closely with interact and engage with the Hawk’s players and coaching staff throughout the season
Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) CEO Ms Narelle Clay, said she was thrilled to have Southern Youth and Family Services named as the Hawk’s Official Charity Partner.
“We had a very positive partnership with the Hawks last year and the genuine interest and engagement the Hawks players, coaches and management have had has really made a difference in the lives of the young people in need who we support. Building on that now and becoming the Official Charity Partner is fantastic”.
“The fact that the players take time out of their busy schedules to come and visit our services and spend time with our young people, and invite us to their games and events, is a clear indication of their desire to help raise awareness about youth homelessness and their willingness to be part of the community effort to provide opportunities to improve the lives of these young people.”
“Our young people are huge Hawk’s fans, and it really makes a difference to them when players they eagerly watch on the court come and see where they live and take an interest in their every day lives-that’s very special to them,” Ms Clay said
SYFS is an independent, local community-based benevolent (charity) organisation that provides support and assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people including those who have experienced homelessness and those at risk of being disadvantaged and homeless. Importantly, this support also extends to the families of these young people.
Targeting people between the ages of 12 to 24, SYFS assists young people and their families to improve their living situation, to reunite them to their families, to access housing and maintain their tenancies, to learn living and social skills, to link them to education and training, to support them to reduce the barriers to employment and to enhance their health and overall wellbeing.
Hawks Commercial Manager, Jason Saladino said, ‘it’s an absolute privilege for the Hawks to be partnered with such an outstanding local organisation such as SYFS who do so much to support our local youth who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. The programs and facilities they have in place are designed to assist in all areas of a young person’s wellbeing and development and we have seen first-hand the joy our players can bring to these individuals who are doing it tough.
With SYFS now the Hawk’s Official Charity Partner we look forward to assisting them in raising much needed funds throughout the year and working closely with them wherever possible to ensure we can provide an increased level of player engagement and support’.
To learn more about SYFS or to donate please visit www.syfs.org.au