The Parramatta District Rugby League Referees Association is looking to make a positive impact on the community.
Partnering with the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, the referees association is running a ‘Stay Kind’ initiative with the words now featured on the referees’ jerseys.
Parramatta referees president Darren Rickersey said it was important to have conversations around mental health in the community.
“The principles and values espoused by ‘Stay Kind’ are ones that we endeavour to instil in all our members and we will wear the ‘Stay Kind’ logo with pride,” he said.
“Most of our referees are young people and providing a caring, supportive and respectful environment is something we continually strive for.”
‘Stay Kind’ was launched in memory of Stuart Kelly, and aims to encourage caring for one another, particularly those who suffer in silence.
The Parramatta Eels will also play their part in the initiative with the ‘Stay Kind’ day against the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, July 23.
Eels chief executive Bernie Gurr said the initiative had an important message for the entire community.
“Whilst we are a part of our local community, we also strive to lead and support a rugby league family that is both caring and inclusive,” he said.
“The Parramatta Eels recognise the importance of community values within our game and support a culture of caring for each other.”
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