Horo ‘house mum’ for budding NRL players

amelia nominated as NRL volunteer of the yearAMELIA Horo has just returned from a holiday in Hawaii, to which there might be two responses.
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The first would be the obvious “so what?”

The second to rugby league fans would be “Horo. Is she related to . . ?”

Yes, she’s one of those Horos.

She’s the wife of former New Zealand international Mark and the mother of current Manly NRL star Justin Horo.

To those who know her, the response would be: “So she bloody should have. No-one deserved a holiday more”.

To the grateful ones, Ms Horo is known as “house mum”.

She runs a house parenting program, a home away from home for budding NRL players from overseas and rural Australia and — just as importantly — she provides guidance.

“As well as providing a welcoming home, we also try to provide advice, teach them how to cook and other skills, so they can become independent adults,” Ms Horo said.

“It’s hard work but the satisfaction of knowing that we’ve made a difference to these kids’ lives, and helped them develop into respectable young adults and footballers, is always definitely worth it.”

The Horos ran the program for nine years in Parramatta before being recruited to head up the initiative in Penrith, acting as house parents to up to 10 junior players keen to chase their footy dreams.

The New Zealand-born mother has previously been a team manager at St Clair Comets and is the team manager for the NSW Maori under-16s team that competes in the NRL Harmony Cup.

For her good works, Ms Horo has been nominated as NRL volunteer of the year.

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