We may be independent and neutral, but when it comes to rugby league it'll be hard not to barrack for the Broncos when they take on the Cowboys for this weekend's grand final.
Friday October 2, 2015
Young Bronco and Red Cross staffer - Lindsay Jarrett (Photo ARC/Susan Cullinan)
Our very own Lindsay Jarrett took a 12-month break from the Broncos under 20s to give back to the Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in Central Queensland, where he grew up.
Eighteen year old Lindsay - a proud Wadja man - was enjoying a meteoric rise through the rugby league ranks when he put his football career on hold to complete a 12-month qualification in community services.
"I thought I'd give it a break. You're under a lot of pressure when you're at your peak and footy isn't forever. When you retire it's good to have something to fall back on and I'm passionate about helping my community," he says.
"I was lucky enough to have a great education. I went away to a good boarding school and I really want to steer kids onto the right path. One day we youth are going to be running Woori and I want to encourage young people to get a good education and to make this a better place."
For Lindsay that means working to overcome some of the disadvantages locals face; such as an unemployment rate of 70%; a shortage of housing, low education attainments and school attendance.
Red Cross has been in Woorabinda for 10 years, working with youth, families, women and people caught up in the justice system. Red Cross employs 16 people locally - 15 of whom are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Red Cross aims to support and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations and communities to develop and implement sustainable community led solutions. Employing local people like Lindsay who know and understand their communities is crucial to success.
"I love what Red Cross does in the community. It has the global and national elements, and I love that they help everyone and anyone," Lindsay says.
"I enjoy the work I do. I'm really passionate about giving back to the community. I love being here at home and helping out."
Lindsay plans to complete his community services qualification then resume his goal of playing for the Broncos.
So keep an eye out for this Deadly young man, with big plans for himself and his people!
More on our work in Woori: http://www.redcross.org.au/files/Woorabinda_five_year_plan.pdf