Jamian Currin and Cole Cooper at the Murgon Mustangs Domestic Violence Awareness Round.
Jamian Currin and Cole Cooper at the Murgon Mustangs Domestic Violence Awareness Round. Claudia Williams

Students and players tackle important community issue

SEEING students engage with former NRL player Clinton Toopi, who delivered a message of awareness, was the reason behind Murgon's Domestic Violence Awareness Round.

Cole Cooper from the Murgon Mustangs visited schools in Murgon, Cherbourg and Moffatdale alongside Toopi and Grant Bignell from Queensland Rugby League, to educate the South Burnett's youngest residents through the NRL's Voice Against Violence program.

"The kids really got involved with personal safety and were fully engaged,” Cooper said.

"Domestic violence is a pretty touchy subject when you are talking to kids, but the NRL has a very good program and they made it fun as well as being educational.”

The region's rugby league players took the field on Saturday as the Murgon Mustangs continued to spread domestic violence awareness through the club's annual round.

Players in under-6 teams, through to those in the A grade played modified games, and support services such as Uniting Care Queensland and the men's hub from Cherbourg were there to provide further education.

For Mustangs president Jamian Currin, the day was a great opportunity for kids to be active and for the whole family to get involved in spreading an important message.

"Kids playing footy, that is what you want. They get short bursts of lots of footy and we hope they enjoy it and keep playing when they are older,” Currin said.

The day was supported by Stanwell, South Burnett Regional Council, Uniting Care Queensland and Crow FM.

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