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Souths Cares recently wrapped up their Oral Health tour in Orange, with more than 200 primary students from the State’s Central West gathering at Bowen Public School to listen to Souths Cares Ambassador, Beau Champion, speak about the importance of taking care of their teeth.

The students, who hailed from Bowen, Glenroi Heights and Orange East public schools, enjoyed a morning of learning how to improve their oral hygiene as part of Souths Cares’ week-long road-show.

Free dental screenings were also provided before the excited group had the chance to show off their Rugby League skills to Rabbitohs NRL player, Kyle Turner.

“As well as being blessed to have Beau Champion, Kyle is a great role model for these students,” said Souths Cares General Manager Brock Schaefer.

“It wasn’t that long ago Kyle was just like them – a young, country kid from Coonabarabran with dreams and aspirations.

“Kyle’s main message to these students was to believe in your dreams, stay motivated and you will achieve your goals.

“Being an Indigenous man, Kyle is an inspirational example to the community.”

Over the course of the week-long trip, Souths Cares engaged around 1,272 students, ranging from Wellington, Parkes, Cowra, Bathurst and Orange.

“We’re all about providing simple messages to give the young students however, the difference they can have on a person’s health and wellbeing is enormous,” said Brock.

“At Souths Cares and the Rabbitohs, we understand the benefits of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, and that is what we convey to the students.

“Staying healthy and active improves quality of life and longevity.

“I would like to convey my thanks to everyone who has assisted Souths Cares on this, our fifth trip to regional NSW.  The Centre for Oral Health Strategy, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Colgate, the local AMS staff and other Aboriginal Health workers, Western Local Health District, the NRL Development staff and especially the school communities.

“The hospitality we experienced from everyone involved with the trip was just remarkable, so much so that Souths Cares are looking forward to visiting the Central West region again.”

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