As part of the Off-Season Life and Career Skills Player Development Program at West Harbour, the players were assigned the Humility Project. Deliberately coinciding with the lead up to Christmas, players were asked to form teams of 10 to 15 and find a community charity in which they could give their time and provide a physical service to the charity. The players had 6 weeks to complete the project and report back to the greater playing group via a power point presentation, observations and reflections.
The Humility Project was designed to achieve multiple objectives and key learnings for both the individual and the greater Club, but none more important than the basic human value that we are all in this life together and the human obligation in supporting and assisting our fellow human beings in anyway we can and providing time and support is often the best charity.
The players contributed time and service to the following charities:
St Johns Ambulance
Night Angels Homeless Care
Special Needs Schools
Feeding the Homeless
The Kids Cancer Project
A couple of the Charity teams had some tense moments out on the street and learnt that support and working as a team overcame the situation positively. There were some emotional presentations as well and it was obvious that the players had really taken on the experience and the charities.
All the players that participated in the project found it incredibly rewarding and came to a common realisation and feeling that in giving they actually took away more from the experience. Many of the players have promised to continue to support the charity they linked with in anyway they can.
As a club, we are very proud of our playing group and how they threw themselves into the Humility Project. Whilst Rugby brings us together, being an active member of the Club is more than just about the Rugby and our players are leading the way with their time and commitment on and off the field. The players and staff also contributed Christmas gifts for children to the Exodus Foundation and the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation.
“The Board and I could not be prouder of the players for contributing to the community and the charities in this way – it reminds us all that in the busyness of today’s environment, it pays to stop for a moment and think about how we are contributing to society generally, and take that time to give back, reflect and be thankful that we can make a difference to other people’s lives. The Humility Project has made Pirate family bond even stronger, and we look forward to continuing our Life and Careers Skills Development Program at West Harbour” commented President, Siobhan Seiuli.