Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion is encouraging Indigenous league fans to make healthy choices and score a specially designed Deadly Kangaroos jersey during the Rugby League World Cup this month.
Senator Scullion said Deadly Kangaroos, an exciting new health initiative based on the Deadly Choices programme in QLD, is led by league legend and Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga, with $235,000 in funding support from the Coalition Government.
“Alongside Darwin hosting a quarter final of the Rugby League World Cup on 17 November, Mal is headlining the new Deadly Kangaroos promotion, with national and local league stars as ambassadors,” Senator Scullion said.
“Territorians can qualify for their free Deadly Kangaroos jersey just by having a health check at Danila Dilba Health Service in the Top End.
“The programme will be promoted nationwide, throughout the Kangaroos’ World Cup campaign. It aims to give our local communities healthier futures, with a special focus on children and young people.
“The ambassadors will make appearances at game day events with a Deadly Kangaroos marquee at TIO Stadium on Friday November 17.”
The unique Deadly Kangaroos jersey has been designed by acclaimed Queensland Aboriginal artist Charlie Chambers.
The Deadly Kangaroos campaign is based on the successful Deadly Choices programme, launched in Queensland in 2013.
“It emphasises the importance of exercise, education, school attendance, quitting smoking and regular preventive health checks,” Senator Scullion said.
“Through media campaigns, sports carnivals and community events Deadly Choices has prompted almost 19,000 annual health check-ups, encouraged more than 300,000 people to regularly seek medical attention, and stopped smoking in nearly 1,200 households.
“Experience shows that sport and sporting legends can help our communities kick major goals in health awareness and foster real change.”
The Rugby League World Cup runs from 26 October to 2 December. For World Cup information, see: http://www.rlwc2017.com/
For information on Deadly Choices, see: https://www.deadlychoices.com.au