A Knockout Finish to Foster Care Week 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

This year’s Foster Care Week celebrations culminated on September 17 with the 2016 Kids in Care Cup.

Specially formed Aboriginal rugby league teams from across NSW converged on Sid Parrish Park at Figtree, Wollongong, to vie for this year’s title. The regions represented included the Illawarra, South Coast, Hunter, Northern NSW, Shoalhaven, La Perouse and Marrickville.

The La Perouse Bummers (pictured) put up a heroic effort to emerge the ultimate victors, with a 36-18 win against south coast team the Yunimyna Warriors.

Now into its fourth year, the Kids in Care Cup statewide rugby league knockout competition aims to raise awareness of what fostering is all about and the need for more Aboriginal carers in NSW. 

Event manager and Illawarra Titans Rugby League Football Club spokesperson Rod Broad hailed this year's event the “best to date”.

“It was very community focused with a terrific outcome for the La Perouse Bummers,” he said.

“A great effort was put into this event by all the teams involved as well as all of the volunteers who helped on the day spreading the message of the need for more foster carers across NSW.”

La Perouse Bummers manager Jamie Ingram said the team was extremely proud to take out the 2016 Kids in Care Cup.

“The name of the team is the ‘La Perouse "LaPa" Bummers’, which is a youth centre that is run out of Yarra House at La Perouse,” he said.

“Boys who attend the centre form part of our team; we give them a chance to play men’s football with some of the older boys from the area.”    

This year’s Kids in Care Cup was hosted by the Illawarra Titans Aboriginal Rugby League Football Club ad was supported by MacKillop, AbSec, ACWA’s Fostering NSW project, Community Services and Link Up NSW.