Rugby players eye opening experience

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HUMANITY AT ITS BEST: Queensland Reds visit to the Samoa Victim Support Group were connected with the children and amused at the set-up on the campus.

HUMANITY AT ITS BEST: Queensland Reds visit to the Samoa Victim Support Group were connected with the children and amused at the set-up on the campus.

The Queensland Reds visit to the children survivors of violence at the SVSG Campus of Hope was an “eye opening experience for the boys,” according to one of the rugby stars.  

The team took time out from their trainings to spend time with the children and after a tour of the facilities, they were surprised by the set-up, that there is a safe place for the many abused children cared for at the Campus.

They saw how the children were flourishing because of the love from those who cared for them, and immediately, they connected with the children.  

They played with their young fans, they held babies at the nursery, sang and danced with the older children, and they even got to see the ambulance donated by the Queensland government ambulance services.

Queensland Reds posing infront of the ambulance donated by the Queensland government ambulance services.
Queensland Reds posing infront of the ambulance donated by the Queensland government ambulance services.

For some of the rugby stars, they wanted to come back as they felt a connection with the children, being part of the extended SVSG family of supporters.  This is humanity at its best.

What was obvious from the Queensland Reds visit was how SVSG has developed because of our love for the children, even with the limited resources we operate with.

SVSG President acknowledged the management of the team for including a visit at the Campus of Hope in their community outreach program.  

“Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit our children; it reassures them that they are very special and are loved by so many people, despite their past experiences,” said Siliniu Lina Chang.

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