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The father of two children under four, who also works full time as a partnership broker for The Smith Family in Wollongong, Adam leads the organisation that works with violence-affected communities in Papua New Guinea and Australia.
“It was really hard going at the beginning, I was a one man band until only recently when it started to kick off at the end of last year,” Everill said.
Now, Rugby League Against Violence is managing about 60 volunteers in Australia and PNG, volunteers, like himself, who help run rugby and relationship programs in both countries.
With the help of its ambassadors including leading rugby league players, the organisation has run fund-raising events for the operations of programs in PNG including the Trupla Man (Real Man) campaign, which aims to foster more positive and non-violent forms of masculinity within Papua New Guinean communities.
Everill came up with the idea to start the organisation while looking into the prevalence of STIs and HIV in Papua New Guinea during his post-graduate studies in international health.
He said he had identified the link to use the PNG people’s love for rugby league with educating communities not only in health but in ending domestic violence and sexual violence in the country.
A chance meeting with co-director Jacqui Joseph, who is from PNG, at a Global Changemakers summit in India in 2011 got the ball rolling in developing the idea into the organisation is today.
In 2012, Everill was named as Foundation for Young Australians "Young Social Pioneer" - a privilege for Australia's highest achieving social entrepreneurs under 30.
He has also coached rugby league and has worked in development with the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and the St George Illawarra Dragons.