The Deadly Choices wellbeing program wrapped up at Endeavour High School this week, with 20 local Indigenous students successfully completing the eight-week program.
Through Shark’s Have Heart’s partnership with Deadly Choices, students at the Clontarf Academy at Endeavour High were the first in New South Wales to participate in the program.
Sharks Have Heart reached out to Deadly Choices to bring the program to Sutherland Shire students after seeing the program’s success in Queensland.
Jayson Bukuya, the program’s ambassador was heavily involved with the students as they covered topics such as substance use, healthy relationships, chronic diseases, smoking, nutrition and exercise.
The program aimed not only to educate students on living a healthy lifestyle, but to develop the student’s capacity to act as leaders and positive role models in their families and communities.
The final session of Deadly Choices educated students centred around where and how to access health services, with all students receiving a 715 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Preventative Health Check.
The 715 Health Check aims to ensure Indigenous Australian’s receive primary health care that is matched to their needs and encourage early detection and intervention.
The culmination of the program comes during NAIDOC week, a week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous Australians.
The Sharks will be wearing their Indigenous jersey during Sunday’s game against the Broncos and fittingly, Deadly Choices is the Shark’s community game day sponsor this week.
Fans can support Deadly Choices during this week’s clash against the Broncos by buying a 50-50 charity raffle ticket at the game. As this week’s community sponsor, Deadly Choices will receive 50 per cent of the proceeds from the raffle with the other 50 per cent going to one lucky supporter on the day.
Partnering with Deadly Choices and bringing the wellbeing program to Sydney and the Sutherland Shire aligns with Sharks Have Heart’s key pillar of Inclusivity and Diversity.
The Sharks have been nominated for their partnership with Deadly Choices in the 2019 ClubsNSW Community awards in the Disability, Welfare and Social Inclusion category. The awards recognise ‘the outstanding social contributions made by clubs in their local communities’.
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You can purchase your 50-50 raffle ticket online: https://5050charityraffle.com.au/sharks
Tickets can also be purchased on Sunday from the roaming 50-50 raffle volunteers.