South Sydney Rabbitohs players went out into junior club-land yesterday (Tuesday afternoon) as part of the Rabbitohs Colgate Friendly Clubs program.
The program – a co-operative effort between Colgate, the Rabbitohs, the NRL and Souths Cares – visited 11 junior league clubs, including Newtown Jets Junior Rugby League Club, Coogee-Randwick Wombats, Redfern All Blacks, and Matraville Tigers, to spruik positive messages including the importance of oral hygiene - in line with Souths Cares' oral health program - as well as team-work.
Players ran drills with the junior players before enjoying a q&a and a signing session where each player received a poster, sticker and a Colgate pack to help give their new oral hygeine knowledge a kick-start.
Rabbitohs prop George Burgess seemed to enjoy every minute of the experience, immersing himself into drills with the kids alongside teammates Greg Inglis and Issac Luke at the Newtown Jets Juniors training ground - Tempe Reserve.
"This is a great initiative by Colgate and the NRL to get all the kids out here," said Burgess.
"It's a great effort for all the parents to bring the kids down - I know it's tough. But it was great to see all of the little kids around."
Newtown Jets Junior Rugby League Secretary, Karen Sassine, sung the praises of the Rabbitohs contingent of players, citing that it would be a day rememebered by all her juniors.
"The expressions on the little ones' faces - it's just fantastic," said Karen.
"It was fantastic having them (the Rabbitohs) on the paddock, and having them getting down to the community level with the kids - doing activities, talking to them, being positive role models that the kids can aspire to. It was just fantastic.
"Some of these kids are three years old - how wonderful to have one of their idols come and encourage that."
For George, his hope is that the positive messages, such as oral health would get across to all those who were in attendance on the day.
"I'd like to think that they'll take it on board, what we're saying," said George.
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