Hayne and Moimoi surprise Eels fans

NRL favourites Jarryd Hayne and Fuifui Moimoi dropped in on some young Eels fans today as the Parramatta squad visited more than 5,000 students across 20 local schools on day three of Rugby League’s annual Community Carnival.

Eels player Daniel Mortimer was also among those who took part in today’s visits where he talked to students about the game’s new Dream Believe Achieve high school DVD resource, in which he features, and the importance of setting goals and believing in yourself.

Today’s Community Carnival activities spread from the far north of Queensland, where Cowboys players undertook school visits and skills clinics, to South Australia, where four Bulldogs players ventured into 13 schools.

On Horn Island, a place beyond the northernmost tip of Australia, Cowboys players Mick Bani, Will Tupou and Michael Parker-Walshe made a special trip to the students of Horn Island School.

“I was really impressed by a few of them, they’ve definitely got skills, there’s no doubt about that,” Will Tupou said.

“Being able to come up here to run some drills, speak to them about eating the right things and being respectful, that’s a big thing for me.

“With a bit of guidance and support, these young kids could really go far in whatever they want to do and we were more than happy to give that to them today.”

In NSW, Wests Tigers players visited students across seven Southern Highland schools, inviting the youngsters to replicate Benji Marshall’s infamous ‘side step’ and treating children at St Pauls in Moss Vale to a Haka performance by Nu Akeripa.

Tomorrow will see a Bulldogs blitz in the Sydney suburbs of Canterbury and Bankstown, as Community Carnival enters its fourth day of celebrations across regions including Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Adelaide, and Glenn Innes.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to visit a phenomenal 41 schools across their local community, while the Broncos will continue their visits throughout Queensland, stopping in Toowoomba and Bundaberg and the Eels will promote the need for students to Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well in schools around Uralla, just south of Armidale.

Now in its 10th year, the 2011 Community Carnival will be the game’s biggest yet, with more than 500 NRL players and ARL Development officers visiting 70,000 children across 118 towns, from Adelaide and Tasmania to Longreach in Queensland.

Over the next three weeks, Community Carnival will visit more than 280 schools throughout rural and regional Australia and will hand out 10,000 One Community water bottles, 100,000 posters and 5,000 Harmony and ‘Dream Believe Achieve’ DVDs and classroom resource packs.