Illawarra Cutters Captain Tyrone McCarthy might be leading the club into a maiden Grand Final on Sunday, but what you might not know is that he will have little respite in the off-season, when he lines up for not-for-profit organisation The Full Blood Project.
The Full Blood Project is an established charity that uses Rugby League to help young people suffering poverty, conflict, disease and inequality across the globe strive for a better life.
The friendly giant has been working with the charity for the past few years and has spent time educating the youth and communities in the UK, Fiji and more recently, Africa.
McCarthy joined the St George Illawarra Dragons club prior to the 2016 season, and has spent the bulk of his time playing with the Cutters.
The back-rower was rewarded with an NRL call-up in the Dragons' Round 20 clash against the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, going on to make two further appearances for the famous Red V.
McCarthy returned to the Cutters make-up ahead of the finals series and has played an integral role in getting the club into a maiden Grand Final.
The Ireland International’s leadership with the not-for-profit organisation, has helped him become a father-figure and inspirational leader within the club.
“The Full Blood Project is a not-for-profit organisation that helps kids fulfill their potential, whether it's education or playing Rugby League,” said McCarthy.
“We started off in Fiji with the young rugby players over there and we began helping them get prepared for life outside of their village if they did come out to Australia to play for NRL club.
“We have also taken the charity to the UK and we did a lot of work with kids who have been kicked-out of mainstream school so I did some mentoring with them to help get them back on the right track.“I am heading back to do some work in Africa this November, where I will educate the community about current social and health issues, as well as promoting the game of Rugby League by running some skills and drills sessions.”
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