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Indigenous stars run health workshop at Irrawang High School

Date posted: 15 June 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Irrawang High School in New South Wales were participants at a health workshop recently, hosted by some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stars.

The workshop was focused around Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS), and run as part of Awabakal's TIS activities.

Students were treated to three special guests, who spoke to the group. Cody Walker, a professional footballer in the NRL with the Sydney Rabbitohs is a proud man of Bundjalung and Yuin Heritage. George Rose, a former NRL player, played for Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won the 2011 NRL premiership, and also Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters. International Indigenous model Samantha Harris, a respected Dunghutti woman, joined the football stars to run the workshop group for the morning.

Each of the guests spoke of their life journeys and reinforced to the students the dangers of smoking, encouraging them to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle and stand up to peer pressure. The students took part in fun, but physical team and confidence building activities, working together to reach outcomes.

'I really appreciated the mentors coming to our school,' said Matt Chaffey, Year 10 student from Medowie. 'From what they told us, it makes me more determined to never smoke.'

Source: News of the Area


Last updated: 15 June 2017
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