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On day two of the Souths Cares road trip to the New England North West of the State, Souths Cares were given a warm welcome by the staff and 70 students from Walgett Public School.

Souths Cares, including NRL Legends Rhys Wesser, Dean Widders and Matt King, were in town to engage the students in an educational session of good oral health care practices and to deliver a Macquarie Sports Football Clinic.

Souths Cares Mentor Rhys Wesser said that students from K-2 actively participated in the Oral Health Care session.

There are five key messages I wanted to reinforce to the students: brush well, eat well, play well, stay well and drink well, said Rhys.

I was impressed by the level of involvement of the students and their willingness to take on board these important messages.

This month Souths Cares, in partnership with NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, extended their program to rural and regional NSW.

More than 75 students from the school accessed free oral health check-ups by fully qualified dentists, Rhys said.

This means that 75 children in that one community will be better off from an oral health perspective, than others.

The entire school however, braved the soaring temperatures to participate in the footy clinic.

Todays session saw the students alternate between a number of drill stations which were geared at giving them the chance to work together as a team and to have fun, said Rhys.

"The overwhelming majority of students demonstrated a natural athletic ability.

They were also well mannered and keen to learn as much as they could."

After the footy clinic the entire school community came together to enjoy a BBQ lunch, have their team posters signed and their photos taken with the players.

We had a great time in Walgett and hope to come back again, Rhys said.

Souths Cares team are back on the road today to visit Moree Public, Moree East Public and St Philomenas Primary schools during the morning and in the afternoon they will be meeting with students from Boggabilla and Toomellah.
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