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National Rugby League (NRL) stars are urging all Australians to tackle Indigenous health equity in a special Close the Gap Round

Date posted: 2 August 2012

Mentoring, leadership, cultural awareness sessions, Indigenous-inspired jerseys and Indigenous performances are among the National Rugby League (NRL) club initiatives in the Close the Gap Round, which aims to inspire Rugby League fans to pledge to support reducing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis are some of the NRL stars urging fans to sign the pledge.

Rugby League was the first sporting code in Australia to join the Close the gap campaign with an inaugural Close the Gap Round in 2009. This year's game-wide activities will again highlight the importance of working to improve Indigenous health, life expectancy, education and employment opportunities.

‘The All Stars as well as the health and education programs we have across the game have helped change people's lives, but the life expectancy gap is one issue we have to keep tackling,' says Cowboys and Indigenous All Stars captain, Johnathan Thurston.

‘By signing the pledge, all Rugby League fans can show their support for reducing the life expectancy gap.'

To sign the pledge, please see the links below.

Source: National Rugby League


John Brady
National Rugby League
Ph: (02) 9359 8700
Mobile: 0408 881 222

David Taylor
National Rugby League
Ph: (02) 9359 8707
Mobile: 0405 228 974


Last updated: 2 August 2012
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