In the lead-up to the NRL’s Indigenous Round, the Souths Cares team have been busy in the community, delivering Indigenous design shirts and hoodies to participants in the Deadly Youth Mentoring, Liverpool Opportunity Hub and Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) programs.

The shirts and hoodies share the same design as the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Indigenous Jersey, which pays homage to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Elders, in alignment with the 2023 National NAIDOC theme ‘For our Elders’.

Uncle Joe Walker designed this year’s jersey which features six silhouettes of elders on the front of the jersey, with their hands open signifying the sharing of knowledge. The totems of Rabbitohs players Alex Johnston, Blake Taaffe, Cody Walker, Isaiah Tass, Latrell Mitchell, and Shaquai Mitchell are represented on the front of the jersey, within these silhouettes.

The jersey also features detailed side profiles of a male and female elder, representing the important roles played by females and males in our communities.

The red and green dot circles throughout the jersey represent different groups coming together through the power of the Rabbit, and the boomerangs represent a lifetime connection with the Rabbitohs family; once a Rabbitoh, always a Rabbitoh.

Over 470 Souths Cares program participants will receive the Indigenous design shirt and hoodie this week, which will be worn with pride throughout Sydney.

This limited release apparel will be worn by Souths Cares program participants, the Rabbitohs playing group and the Souths Cares team and is not available for purchase.

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