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The Horizons Program

The Gold Coast SUNS, as part of its bid process in securing an AFL license, worked closely with the City of Gold Coast and Queensland Government to identify local social challenges from within the Gold Coast community.

The recommendation to the Gold Coast SUNS suggested three areas on the Gold Coast it could make a positive impact by raising awareness, delivering community based activities and fundraising.

As part of the program, authentic and meaningful support will be provided to 10 nominated charities across three core community pillars Homeless support, Domestic Violence prevention, Northern Growth Corridor.

Youth Homelessness

Our chosen charities supporting Homeless Youth

  1. The Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth,
  2. Gold Coast Youth Service and
  3. YHES House Gold Coast

With close to 750 young people homeless on the Gold Coast each night, the Gold Coast SUNS work closely with three key service providers in the area of Youth Homeless being:

Some of the key activity each year includes:

  • Youth Homeless Matters Day
  • Homeless Connect Day
  • Youth Homeless services player visits
  • Providing much needed funds through the White Christmas Charity Fund
  • Youth Homeless mentor camp
  • White Christmas Charity Event

Respect and Responsibility

Our chosen charities through domestic violence prevention and awareness:

  1. Domestic Violence Prevention Centre
  2. Rize Up
  3. Paradise Kids and
  4. ACT for Kids

Some of these activities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting Paradise Kids Boys Group with player ambassadors acting as mentors in providing healthy messaging around respect and responsibility towards women and peers
    GC SUNS ambassadors helping raise awareness as White Ribbon Ambassadors
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Round.
  • Working with Queensland Police in schools on the Gold Coast via the Love Bites program
  • Players and staff participating in DV workshops (delivered by DVPCGC and CEO Challenge)
  • Player and staff attendance at the DV annual awards functions
  • Gold Coast SUNS staff engaging in Black and White Day in the office
  • Providing funding to Red Frogs to assist with their messaging to all high school leavers and
  • Player assistance throughout schoolies period.
  • Providing much needed funds through the White Christmas Charity Fund
  • White Christmas Charity Even

Northern Growth Corridor

 

Our chosen charities through supporting the Northern Growth Corridor: 

  1. Studio Village
  2. FSG Coomera
  3. Oxenford Coomera Community Centre 

The activity in the region includes but is not limited to:

  • Upper Coomera Community House (Hub) Activity
  • Multicultural Schools Program
  • Support of the Beacon Foundation on the “No Dole” program in schools like Upper Coomera State College, Coombabah High and Nerang High schools
  • Multicultural Leadership Program in Upper Coomera State College
  • Strong participation in the Coomera Family Fun Day
  • Participation in the Upper Coomera State College and Coombabah High Sports Awards
  • Relay for Life in the Northern Gold Coast region (at Coomera Anglican College)
  • Supporting the Studio Village Community Centre Open Day
  • Promotion of the Festival of Light event which bring the Community together in the region
  • Supporting of key Community events in the region such as the Ormeau Fair, Livingstone
  • College Fair and the Ormeau Ridge Community Days
  • Providing much needed funds through the White Christmas Charity Fund
  • White Christmas Charity Event GC SUNS