Joining forces to support young people in need

The Western Bulldogs, in partnership with The Salvation Army and Lumo Energy, are providing a group of young people from The Salvation Army’s WestCare program the opportunity to meet and learn from the experiences of some of Melbourne’s finest AFL athletes, captain of the Bulldogs; Robert Murphy together with Jack Macrae and Will Minson.

The young people taking part in the clinic are aged 10 to 18 years and are engaged in the Creating Dreams initiative run by WestCare.  They are unable to live with their families for a range of difficult reasons including exposure to family violence, parental drug use, poor parental mental health, environmental neglect and deceased parents.

Due to tragic living situations, these young people present a range of behavioural and attachment issues and experience barriers to achieving optimum educational outcomes, forming and maintain positive relationship, have poorer physical health and are more likely to develop a mental illness.

I feel honoured to spend time with the Creating Dreams children, they each have skills and abilities that they need to have the opportunity to express and be recognised for and should be celebrated for their courage and determination, said Bulldogs captain Robert Murphy.  

The relationship between the Western Bulldogs and The Salvation Army was fostered by Lumo Energy, who has associations with both organisations. 

“We’ve been working with The Salvation Army for over two years now, and we saw this clinic as a fantastic way to support the great work of WestCare and the pathways it offers the participants so they can lead a happy and full life,” said Tim Harrington, Executive General Manager of Marketing and Sales at Lumo Energy.

Lumo Energy values community highly and its support of The Salvation Army extends beyond the traditional expectations of an energy retailer.

Date: 13 August 2015
Category: Lumo Community

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