💙The Impact of Volunteering with GingerCloud’s Modified Rugby Program (MRP)

"Pro-social behaviour (volunteering) leads to an elevation in mood and has great benefits on mood and depression. Volunteering means forming relationships with people you didn’t know before and poses an opportunity to get to know yourself better, too,” says Mary Freer, Westpac Social Change Fellow and author, quote taken from Westpac Wire (17th May 2023)

Volunteering with MRP is crucial to disability inclusion in our sporting communities.

The ripple effect of our volunteers who dedicate their time to support neurodiverse young people playing rugby is enormous.

By volunteering, you are changing the life of a neurodiverse young person profoundly, both socially and within our communities; you are creating a place where they can live their best life!

We hear time and time again the benefits and influence that happens when we volunteer, this extends not only to those we are supporting but changes you on a personal level. It allows you a space to connect with like-minded people, develop new skills, and gain valuable life experiences.

Volunteers often find a sense of fulfilment and purpose by making a difference in the lives of others. The benefits of volunteering can boost self-confidence, enhance empathy and compassion, and foster a greater understanding of diverse perspectives and experiences.

GingerCloud Foundation MRP relies on the dedication of volunteers who selflessly donate their time, expertise, and passion to support us in staying on the field. Volunteers help us bring tangible solutions to the rugby community, actioning disability inclusion on rugby fields everywhere!

Volunteers help raise awareness, resources, and social justice; these can influence public policies and shape an inclusive community. Whether dedicating a few hours a week or organizing fundraising events, every effort counts and can change lives. Let us embrace the spirit of giving back and making a difference, one act of kindness at a time.

Quote from an MRP PlayerMentor (Volunteer)

“I realised right then and there how our young people must feel about not being included and how this can happen daily for them. I realised that to make change happen, sometimes you just must stand up and lead by example.”