Hammer Drops In
Hamiso ‘Hammer’ Tabuai-Fidow, the Redcliffe Dolphins player of the moment, made a surprise appearance at the Youth Drop-In event recently held at Dickson Park, Morayfield.
This event marked the third week that officers from the Moreton Prevention Unit and staff from local state high schools had organised the program to engage with youth between the ages of twelve and eighteen.
“The program's success is evident from the increasing number of young people attending the event every week with everyone encouraged to attend and support the cause of community connectedness.”
The program was designed to prevent anti-social behaviours of young people within and outside of the Morayfield Shopping Centre on Thursday nights, creating a safe space where young people can attend, play games, and approach the police officers for assistance, instead of being involved in petty crime.
Tabuai-Fidow’s attendance at the event was the highlight of the night. The young footballer, known for actively working with community groups in the Moreton area and supporting the youth and community, got involved in throwing a few footballs and signing shirts.
The Youth Drop-In program offers a free barbecue, drinks, and a variety of games every Thursday evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. The overall message promoted at each event is one of positive engagement and community connectedness.
Sergeant Mark Haestier said that over 40 kids showed up for some footy, snags, and a chat at the Youth Drop-In held on Tuesday afternoons at Wallace Street North Park from about 2.30pm.
The Youth Drop-In program has been instrumental in creating a positive environment for young people to interact with the police and youth workers.
The March 9th event attracted several high-profile individuals, including the Honourable Mark Ryan MP, Minister for Police and Corrective Services, Councillor Mark Booth, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Inspector Paul Ready, Moreton North Patrol Group Inspector, Senior Sergeant Tracey Meyers, the PCYC and the Mounted Unit.
The program's success is evident from the increasing number of young people attending the event every week with everyone encouraged to attend and support the cause of community connectedness.