The students at Panmure District School had a pleasant surprise during a recent assembly when Vodafone Warriors players Charlie Gubb and Keanu Laumatia-Paki arrived to hand out brand new raincoats.

The Vodafone Warriors have once again teamed up with the good people at KidsCan in 2017 and are visiting low decile schools this winter to donate raincoats to all the pupils.

With a lofty goal of keeping kids warm and dry during the colder months, the “Raincoats for Kids” programme also aims to help children with their self-esteem.

“For us to give them a raincoat is something they can wear with pride, let alone have our logo on it, it’s probably as much a blessing for them as it is for us,” popular prop Gubb said.

A KidsCan spokesperson said the children love their Vodafone Warriors raincoats and the fact that all of the students wear them helps improve equality in the playground and reduces stigma.

“It’s awesome for the kids to see professional athletes that they see on TV like Charlie Gubb in real life,” Vodafone Junior Warrior Laumatia-Paki said.

“For myself, when the kids see a Vodafone Junior Warrior, they know I haven’t made it yet and that I have a long way to go in my journey. But I also see it as an inspiration for them to know that anything is possible.”

To support a child, visit the website where you can donate 50 cents a day or $15 a month.

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