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Greg W
01-12-2007, 07:58:14
An inspiring story (http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22849695-5001023,00.html) of Sport inspiring some youngsters from an unfortunate background. And I am so proud it's my team that's helping them (along with a raft of other initiatives they have started over the last year and a bit since Russel Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court bought the club).AS the clouds gather at Erskineville Oval, Souths centre Germaine Paulson stands near the main gate with a glint in his eye.

A bead of sweat slowly trickles down his back as he leans against a cold brick wall. Three minutes later he breaks from his post.

"They are here,'' he says.

Now Paulson will find out whether or not his mission to Papunya left a lasting impression. A white mini-bus stops two metres away from where Paulson stands.

The door swings open and a group of Aboriginal children pour out at break-neck speed. One kid yells out "Go the Rabbitohs'' while another stares across the lush green field like he has never seen grass before.

Chances are he hasn't.

For the first time ever, these children this week left Papunya, a indigenous red-dust outpost 250km west of Alice Springs, with a history of violence, abuse and neglect.