THE St George Illawarra Dragons' community relief tour of the South Coast was held in January, with the club spending three days covering more than 200 kilometres of the bushfire-ravaged area.
Since that time, COVID-19 has impacted the area like most but the strength and courage of these communities continues to shine almost 12 months on.
Dragons Community recently headed back to the region to conduct schools visits in the region with the club's Best You Can Health and Wellbeing program.
The quartet of staff, with the assistance of local NRL development officer, visited schools in Batemans Bay, Tilba, Quaama, Bermagui, Narooma and Cobargo, with the impacts of the visit felt immediately.
Dragons NRL women's captain Kezie Apps received numerous messages similar to this from a happy Cobargo Public School student's mother.
"I just want to thank you so much for visiting Cobargo Public School. My nine-year-old has not stopped talking about it and is sleeping in his hat the Kezie signed," the message read.
"Best day ever, I'm sleeping in my hat, that's how much I love it. Pretty sure you won a few fans."
Cobargo Public School also made a special presentation to the club as a thank you for their contribution and visit in January, with a copy of 'The Day She Stole The Sun'.
A story of the Cobargo bushfires in 2020 as written and illustrated by year five and six students.
You can purchase a copy of the book here, with close to 50 per cent of the proceeds going back into the school.
In addition to the school visits, the club also conducted a clothing drive, which included a range of Dragons clothing which was presented to staff at the Cobargo co-op for distribution in the Cobargo community.