Kiama’s Milk and Honey Cafe has been rewarded for their continued support of St George-Illawarra’s Holden Cup squad, with young-guns Dylan Morris and Mat Sheppard presenting the owners with a signed jersey this week.
Morris and Sheppard are studying certificate 3 and 4 in fitness and a Bachelor of Exercise Science respectively, with owners Mick Dignam Liz Lewis providing part-time work as they balance rugby league with their studies.
It’s part of the club’s wider education, training and welfare programs that encourage players to balance the demands of rugby league with work and study.
“It’s great to be presented jersey and it really does mean a lot to us” Dignam said.
“We are a community cafe and if you can help people out then it does make you feel really proud.
“What’s excellent about this program is that it encourages players to find employment and study.
It’s very important because they’re learning a lot about public interaction, workplace ethics and their essentially working three jobs which is a terrific effort.”
Sheppard expressed his gratitude for the support, that’s allowed him to pursue on and off-field career ambitions.
“The support of Mick and Liz had been tremendous” Sheppard said.
“They have allowed me to work around full-time university, they’ve come to a lot of our games this year and have supported us on and off the field.”
The Dragons will do battle with Manly in Saturday’s preliminary final showdown at Allianz Stadium.