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Over 300 children attended Northbourne Oval in Braddon yesterday to take part in the Canberra Raiders 2014 Indigenous Health Day as part of the NRL’s Close the Gap round.

The day encompassed a wide variety of activities for the morning, including rugby league skills with NRL Development staff, Indigenous Art, Indigenous Dancing and the chance to meet the Raiders NRL squad to get photos and autographs from their favourite players.

The day also included a strong health component, with students from the Canberra Institute of Technology running some activities to measure the children’s height and weight, providing information on healthy eating and lifestyle.

All of the attending children took home a special Raiders show bag and were provided lunch thanks to ActewAGL and Canberra Milk. All of the participants then stayed for the Guinness World Record attempt at the largest ever 3 legged race.

The day included students from 12 schools around the Canberra and Queanbeyan regions, as well as The Rock Central School in the Riverina.

Raiders Community Relations Manager Charlotte Anneveld said the Health day was a huge success and said the children involved had a wonderful opportunity to learn a wide variety of activities on the day.

“We’re really pleased with the way in which the day came together and the amount of diverse activities the children were able to learn by attending,” Ms Anneveld said. “The day was not only about Indigenous Health, there were also varying aspects on Indigenous Culture, some rugby league based skills and most importantly plenty of fun.”

The Raiders would like to thank ActewAGL, DHA, Huawei and Canberra Milk for their support of the event.