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Souths Cares’ Indigenous Oral Health Program is a finalist for the NRLs Community Program of the Year Award as part of the 2015 Community and Player Education Awards.

The Club Community Program of the Year Award Recognises a NRL Club that has positively impacted the broader community by delivering exceptional health, education and welfare programs across Australia and New Zealand.

Now in its ninth year, the 2015 Community and Player Education Awards recognise Rugby League's unsung heroes for the tireless work they do to support the game they love.

From volunteer coaches and teachers, to players at first-grade level, the awards pause to honour, reflect and congratulate those who make a positive difference for many in their community.

Souths Cares’ Oral Health Program is part of the NSW Aboriginal Health Plan and has been delivered to over 5000 young people since 2012.

The National Survey of Adult Oral Health (2004-2006) and the NSW Child Dental Health Survey (2007), found that levels of untreated dental health decay were more than twice as high among Aboriginal Australians compared with non-Aboriginal Australians.

Souths Cares partners with the NSW Centre for Aboriginal Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health to deliver Oral Health Sessions across Sydney and regional NSW.

Schools and Communities that would like to be part of this program can contact the Souths Cares team through the ‘Requests’ section of this website.

“This year’s finalists are representative of what Rugby League is all about,” said Adam Check, NRL Head of Community.

“These finalists are not looking for accolades – such is their humility, they are nominated by their peers who realise they are the heart and soul of their community and deserving of recognition.”

A range of awards across the spheres of community and education will be awarded in 2015.

Player education categories presented on the evening will include NRL and National Youth Competition (NYC) Academic Team’s of the Year, NYC Apprentice of the Year Award, NRL Pasifika Academic Excellence and NRL Indigenous Academic Excellence.

“These awards are our chance to recognise and celebrate those players who have demonstrated a long term and genuine commitment to their studies and careers beyond the football field,” said Paul Heptonstall, NRL Senior Welfare and Education Manager.

“Throughout 2015, four in five NRL and NYC players were engaged in further education or workplace training, with more than 200 NRL players studying at one of 30 universities across Australia and New Zealand. This is in addition to the 150 players undertaking an apprenticeship and the 350 players completing a certificate at a diploma level.”

The NRL Community and Player Education Awards will be held at Sheraton on the Park in Sydney on Friday 2 October and will be live streamed online via from 7:00pm.

Finalists for the 2015 Community Program of the Year Award include:

o   Brisbane Broncos – Charity Partner Program

o   North Queensland Cowboys – Try Time!

o   Parramatta Eels – Eels Educate

o   St George Illawarra Dragons – SCORE Dragons

o   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles – Read with an Eagle

o   Sydney Roosters – Roosters Against Racism

o   South Sydney Rabbitohs – Souths Cares Indigenous Oral Health Program

o   Melbourne Storm – Respectful Relationships, Mentoring & Be the Hero

o   Gold Coast Titans – Down Syndrome Association, More Alike than Different

Acknowledgement of Country

South Sydney Rabbitohs respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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