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Day two of the Souths Cares Indigenous Oral Health Care Program arrived in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

Students from seven local schools converged on Toormina Public School to be part of the Souths Cares sessions conducted by Rhys Wesser, former State of Origin and Rabbitohs fullback and Souths Cares Mentor.

Rhys said the Program has been successful across South Sydney, the North West, South Coast, Southern Highlands and Northern Tablelands of NSW.

“Along with our partners, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health; the State Government’s Centre for Oral Health Strategy and Colgate, we engaged around 300 Coffs Harbour primary students,” he said.

The key messages of Eat well, Play well, Brush well, Drink well, Stay well! were also delivered by former Rabbitohs try-scoring legend, Nathan Merritt.

“It was great to have Nathan join Souths Cares to reinforce our positive oral health messages,” Wesser said.

“As well as raising awareness of good oral health and hygiene practices we managed to conduct 140 oral health assessments of the young students which was an outstanding effort.”

Local NRL Development Officers also provided a number of football clinics to the students as encouragement to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Program concluded with all students receiving a Souths Cares oral health care show bag, containing a number of Colgate products, and a healthy community barbeque.

Souths Cares were due to visit Macksville yesterday afternoon however, out of respect for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, the session was cancelled to allow his family, friends and hometown the opportunity to bid him farewell.

Acting General Manager of Souths Cares, Leellen Lewis, said that the entire Souths Cares family send their condolences to Phillip’s family and many friends.

The Souths Cares road trip was then heading to its final destination of Kempsey where it was expected to engage 300 local students from the surrounding area.