Young indigenous people will have access to an Accelerated Learning Program at NRL Cowboys House in Townsville, thanks to a funding boost from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF).

The Cowboys Community Foundation’s NRL Cowboy’s House is one of 32 charities benefiting from a total of more than $750,000 in grants to help create moments of happiness and possibilities for young Australians.

To place an application for the grant, each charity had to be endorsed by an employee of Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) or Coca-Cola South Pacific (CCSP).

Paul Woodhouse, regional manager for Queensland, Coca-Cola Amatil nominated the charity because of his personal connection with the work they do in Townsville.

“Students at NRL Cowboys House come from remote communities to Townsville for the opportunity to access the local high school that best suits their talents and aspirations,” Paul said. “I believe in the importance of access to educational opportunities for young people and know the funding, which will enable additional personalised support for each student, will go a long way towards helping them to reach their full potential.”

 Jeff Reibel, general manager, commercial business, North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, with Paul Woodhouse, regional manager for Queensland, Coca-Cola Amatil and Gayle de la Cruz, project manager, NRL Cowboys House.
Jeff Reibel, general manager, commercial business, North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, with Paul Woodhouse, regional manager for Queensland, Coca-Cola Amatil and Gayle de la Cruz, project manager, NRL Cowboys House.

The grant will fund an Accelerated Learning Program, involving expert assessment and intensive tutoring for young indigenous people from rural Queensland.

Teens participating in the program will live at the NRL Cowboys House, which will enable them to develop personal resilience and successfully enrol at mainstream schools in Townsville.

NRL Cowboy’s House’ Community Foundation has four areas of focus: encouraging school attendance; inspiring positive life choices during the junior secondary years; supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete secondary school; and providing access to secondary education for young people from remote Indigenous communities.

Coca-Cola Australia Foundation chair, Malcolm Hudson, said he was delighted the CCAF could support such a diverse range of causes, important to employees.

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