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Souths Cares Spreading Oral Health Awareness On Mid North Coast

Story: Guy Bevan & Kelly Geddes

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Souths Cares with the help of current and former Rabbitohs players have visited primary schools on the mid-north coast to spread the word about good oral health to young students.

Commencing their Oral Health Awareness Tour on Monday this week, the Souths Cares squad have visited over five primary schools in two days. With the help of Beau Champion, Roy Asotasi, Connor Tracey and Brett Greinke the program has been teaching the benefits of Brushing Well, Drinking Well and Eating Well.

Keeping students engaged, the program immerses kids in learning through active participation. The groups of students are put through their paces in NRL skills drills before learning Oral Health tips in a Q&A with the Rabbitohs. 

“The kids have loved it, we players have loved it – We’ve had four players up over the last couple of days. It’s just been a great experience for the kids to meet NRL players and for us to deliver these positive messages,” said former Rabbitohs Beau Champion.

With the facts fresh in their heads, students are presented a Colgate Brush Pack so they can put into practice all they learned as soon as the session ends.

Students at Manning Gardens Public School, Chatham Public School and Taree Public school also had their teeth screened by the Biripi Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre.

The kids were extremely excited by the visit from their Rabbitohs heros and were all ears as they spoke of good Oral Health practices and shared stories from their own careers. This concluded with a rousing performance of 'Glory, Glory' by the students of Tuncurry Public School for the visiting Souths Cares squad.

 

Tuncurry Public School with this classy move. Thanks guys! #GoRabbitohs

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“Anytime we can try and help anybody, if it’s not in our district or it’s out of our district, as long as we’re getting the messages across to these kids hopefully they’re taking it on board and taking it home," said Champion.

“Hopefully next time we visit they’re doing the things we’re asking them to do.”

The program is made possible through the assistance of Colgate, the Centre for Oral Health Strategy and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.