New health and wellbeing program for remote FNQ youth

Marine transport provider Sea Swift has partnered with Cairns Brothers Rugby League Club to launch an exciting healthy lifestyle and wellbeing program for children in remote Cape York and Torres Strait communities.

The Remote Area Development (RAD) Program will roll out in the school-based communities of Thursday Island, Northern Peninsula Area, and Weipa, with classroom presentations reinforced through active participation sessions and rugby league development squads.

The RAD Squads will cater for male and female students aged 13–16, and will also provide avenues for developing the communities’ coaches to further enhance the rugby league experience of the people in the region.

Brothers Football Manager Chey Bird said the program utilises the region’s love of rugby league as a vehicle to deliver presentations relating to everyday healthy living.

“Rugby league on the big stage is synonymous with healthy living and healthy choices by the player, but this is only made possible through education,” Mr Bird said.

“By consulting with area professionals to design the presentations but delivering it to rugby league mad people by rugby league people, engagement and consumption of this information is at its best.

“There is also a void in the general skill development of the region’s promising players, so we are aiming to help fill that void.

“The best way to do this to enhance the education of local coaches, and we’re then able to leave a lasting impression to be reinforced in the long-term.”

Sea Swift Chief Executive Officer Fred White said Sea Swift had a proud record of supporting local communities, and was thrilled to support the RAD Program.

“Sea Swift has been proudly servicing remote communities in northern Australia for more than 30 years, and we always play an active role in the communities where we operate,” Mr White said.

“Giving back is a core value of our company, and we’re thrilled to be able to play a role in supporting Brothers with this great initiative.

“We’ve always understood the importance of supporting local communities, because we realise that a company like Sea Swift isn’t just a passive passer-by.

“Brothers are more than just a footy club. They’re dedicated to utilising their club as a vehicle for social change, and we’re proud to be involved.”

The RAD Program features three visits to each of the communities during Term 3 alone, before embarking on Term 4 visits later in the year.

Thursday Island

  • 24-25 July
  • 15-16 August
  • 5-6 September


  • 1-2 August
  • 22-23 August
  • 12-13 September

Northern Peninsula Area

  • 8-9 August
  • 29-30 August
  • 19-20 September

Sea Swift is one of the largest employers in Northern Australia with more than 400 staff and 30 vessels, and makes a significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the region.

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